A plan to expand one of the few parks in Logan Square adjacent to the 606 — otherwise known as the Bloomingdale Trail — is the only item on the agenda of the Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation.
Introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, ordinance O2017-8585 would green light the expenditure of $105,000 in Open Space Impact Fees — money collected from developers of projects in Logan Square to ensure there is enough recreation space for new residents.
The plan calls for an expansion of the 1st Ward park to include the property at 1801 N. Whipple St. as well as an alley. The park provides access to the trail and includes a playground, a climbing web, spider sculpture, and a long sitting wall decorated with nature themes, according to the park district.
If approved, the park would expand south along the trail with a grassy area, according to the ordinance.
The park was named for de Burgos in 2012. A Puerto Rican poet, de Burgos campaigned for Puerto Rican independence as well as for civil rights for women and African and Afro-Caribbean writers.