312 RiverRun Project

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The 312 RiverRun project is well underway.

The construction of the Riverview Bridge is a key component in retiring Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Building on Burnham plan to create new recreational opportunities across Chicago. The bridge will link four area neighborhoods from Belmont Ave. to Montrose Ave. to three parks.

Figure 1: Riverview Bridge foundation with rebar in place. Looking north from Addison St.

Figure 1: Riverview Bridge foundation with rebar in place. Looking north from Addison St.

Breaking ground in 2017, the nearly two-mile-long Riverview Bridge linking Clark Park, California Park, and Horner Park will create the longest pedestrian river bridge in the city. Extending over 1,000 feet in length and rising over 18 feet above the water to accommodate recreational boaters, the Riverview Bridge will eliminate the need for cyclists, runners, and pedestrians to cross busy streets to access the 3 parks.

Figure 2: The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park.

Figure 2: The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park.

The three soon-to-be connected parks have seen significant development in recent years. Clark Park features the WMS Boathouse and the newly built Kerry Wood Cubs Field. At over 22,000 square feet, the WMS Boathouse is the premier rowing facility in the city, offering both storage and training space for rowers. California Park recently completed construction of a new 100’ by 85’ ice rink to supplement the existing 200’ by 85’ McFetridge ice rink. Work continues on resurfacing existing tennis and basketball courts in the park. Horner Park embarked on a multiyear riverfront restoration project which opened to the public last summer. The existing overgrown invasive species along the water were removed and replaced with 128 native trees and 282 shrubs to prevent soil erosion. Two walking paths now follow the bank of the river to allow visitors previously redistricted access to the river bank.

The bridge is expected to be completed in the summer of 2019.

Figure 3: Artist’s rendering of the completed Riverview Bridge. Image provided by CDOT.

Figure 3: Artist’s rendering of the completed Riverview Bridge. Image provided by CDOT.