According to this AP report posted by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ this morning, the Chicago Park District has given the green light to the city’s potential acquisition of parkland on the South Side for the site of the proposed Obama presidential library. This decision is controversial, as noted in this article from the Chicago Tribune, as both Jackson and Washington Parks are historically significant public/green spaces located in economically-distressed and minority neighborhoods and in a region of the city where existing parkland is already at a premium.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s push to offer public parkland as a site for Barack Obama’s presidential library is expected to get a boost.
On Wednesday, the Chicago Park District is expected to approve an agreement to allow about 20 acres of either Washington Park or Jackson Park on the city’s South Side be transferred to the city if President Obama selects either site.
If that happens, the City Council — which has already signaled its support of the transfer — would vote next month on an ordinance proposed by the mayor.
The University of Chicago’s bid to build the library on parkland is one of four for the facility. Others that have made proposals are the University of Illinois-Chicago, Columbia University in New York and the University of Hawaii.