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River Restoration Rebuke 

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Dear editor:

I read with interest your recent article highlighting the I & M Canal-Chicago Origins Site in the Bridgeport neighborhood (Neighborhood News, June 14). Although it was an informative look at efforts to restore the river to its natural beauty, the article overlooked the government contributions to this undertaking.

For instance, in the past year, the Chicago Origins Site was awarded landmark designation by the City Council. The Illinois Department of Conservation completed the necessary environmental remediation of the site, and the land was transferred to the Chicago Park District for development as a community park. CPD estimates the cost of this beautification project at $1.4 million. Most recently, CPD has committed $500,000 for partial site improvements, including a nonmotorized boat access site, walkways, lighting, and parking.

Recent beautification plans at the I & M Canal-Chicago Origins Site are the culmination of a decade-long partnership between many entities, both community- and government-based. By publishing an article that ignored half of this partnership, you minimized all of our efforts.

Patrick M. Huels

Alderman

11th Ward

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