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Floating Trees and Trails Will Transform North Branch Canal into Chicago's Newest Eco-Park

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Source: Curbed Chicago

A modular plan for an eco-park along the Chicago River’s highly polluted North Branch Canal is getting $1.4 million more in city funding so designers can implement a two-block floating boardwalk.

At initial community meetings the project team presented a plan that could be constructed in sections. The design team from Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) will now get to build a floating riverfront pathway between Weed Street and Eastman Street. On the south end, the path will open at REI’s riverfront store where there’s a kayak launch and picnic tables.

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