Construction starts on Near West park's expansion
Multi-use field slated to open at Fosco Park in mid-November
07/24/2012 5:13 PM
The Near West Side’s Fosco Park, located in the middle of the former Chicago Housing Authority ABLA Homes, is getting a new field that could open as soon as this November.
Chicago Park District officials, neighborhood activists and Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) broke ground Saturday on an expansion to the park, which currently features a field house at the intersection of 13th Street and Racine Avenue.
The new multi-use field would sit just south of the field house, replacing what’s currently an acre-sized vacant lot.
Construction on the park should be done within 120 days, according to park district spokeswoman Zvezdana Kubat. In addition to the field, they’re also planning to install a walking path and a drinking fountain.
Fioretti’s park liaison Leslie Recht said she was told that the park might not open to the public immediately. Given the current timeline, the field could remain fenced off when construction is done to allow the grass to take root.