TS11 - Reclamation / Restoration / Recreation

Saturday, November 17 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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No matter how big or how small your eco-recreation/learning project may be, you'll walk away with all the information you'll need to accomplish it.
This unique tour will visit three sites in the Chicago Park District that are on the cutting edge of Chicago’s NEW green frontier. The Calumet Area Reserve in Chicago’s southeast side was once the city’s center for industry AND the country’s, playing a key role in the US steel production. The last steel mill closed in 1992 leaving the area economically and environmentally crippled.
Attendees will visit Big Marsh Park, covering 278 acres, Steelworkers Park and the Burnham Wildlife Corridor and learn how innovative public-private partnerships are being used to marry habitat restoration with public use. You'll also visit the Ford Calumet Environmental Center, currently under construction (SP2019). This LEED silver seeking innovative building will be a gateway that knits the Calument community, regional visitors and the distinctive natural environment together.
Going from the vast and far-reaching we’ll scale back and tour a schoolyard transformation made possible through Space to Grow. This unique non-profit uses green technologies to convert dilapidated schoolyards into beautiful and functional spaces that students and the community can be active in.

Learning Objectives:

Explain how critical productive partnerships are when creating green infrastructure programs and places.

Identify potential challenges when remediating land for public use and learning the common barriers and possible solutions.

Explore varied funding streams available for green infrastructure design programs.

Identify strategies to successfully engage communities in green infrastructure design.

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Event Type: Tour > Session