Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen & Payne
CitySpace is a joint open space planning project of the Chicago Park District, the City of Chicago, and the Forest Preserve District of Cook County. The goals of the project were to analyze existing open space in Chicago, identifying areas of need; identify open space opportunities in the city, especially within areas of need; develop policies for land acquisition; and develop implementation strategies which would increase the amount and kinds of open space in Chicago. Key recommendations of the plan include development of “Neighborhood School Parks,” whereby public land at schools is redeveloped as parkland for joint use by the school and the surrounding community; establishment of “NeighborSpace,” an agency to hold land for community groups and help them avoid real estate taxes, legal fees, insurance, etc.; and modification of zoning policies for residential redevelopment which would require minimum areas of on-site open space to satisfy the recreation and open space needs of new residents. Ted Wolff was a consulting urban planner and the project landscape architect for the project.