To the Editor,
Prior to the onset of the construction of the Obama Center shouldn't the Chicago Park District and the City of Chicago take steps to repair the crumbling infrastructure that already exists within Jackson Park?
The Clarence Darrow bridge has been closed to public access for at least ten years. We have been told at community meetings that plans have been completed and the funding has been identified and encumbered and that construction will start next year. That was five years past and absolutely nothing has been started.
The historic seawall adjacent to La Rabida Hospital is crumbling and needs to be repaired. Again, the Chicago Park District claims they have a plan but again nothing moves forward.
The comfort station located at 58th Street and Science Drive was severely damaged three years past. Since then, the roof and part of the walls have been removed but no effort has been made to repair same.
The Burnham-designed comfort station located on Marquette Road just west of South Shore Drive has been closed for years. It is now in such a state of disrepair that I doubt it can be salvaged.
The historic Coast Guard station located at 64th and Lake Shore Drive is in need of a great deal of maintenance.
The Chicago Park District has moved to install cyclone fencing around all of these sites but has done nothing else.
Prior to moving forward with the building of the Obama Center I believe that the City of Chicago and the Chicago Park District should maintain and repair what already exists within Jackson Park.
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