On April 20, Mayor Emanuel and the Trust for Public Land announced the official opening date for The 606 park and trail system on Chicago’s northwest side. Opening day is June 6, 2015 (6/06/15). The festivities will include arts, performances, and community celebrations all along the 2.7 miles of the Bloomgindale Trail, the project’s centerpiece.
The 606 is unique in that it consists of the elevated Bloomingdale Trail, connected to ground-level neighborhood parks. Four of the parks will open alongside the trail on June 6. The 606 stretches between Ashland Ave (1600W) and Ridgeway (3750W) at Bloomingdale Ave (1800N). When complete, the park and trail system will include six ground-level parks, a wheel-friendly event plaza, an observatory, art installations, educational programming, and other amenities. It will also connect the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square, and Humboldt Park neighborhoods.
“The 606 is a transformative project that will turn an old railroad embankment into a recreational trail and park system on the northwest side, a major investment in green space that will benefit neighborhood residents and people throughout Chicago,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Through projects large and small, we are on track to make Chicago the first city to ensure that every child lives within a 10 minute walk to a park or playground.”
The opening day events will feature festive processions all day long at different points along the trail, as well as a street-level festival beneath the Bloomingdale Trail on Humboldt Blvd. The events are designed to encourage particpation in the mix of processions, hosted activities, and more.
“Opening the first phase of The 606 will be a celebration of the power of imagination, community passion, perseverance, and leadership.” said Beth White, director of The Trust for Public Land’s Chicago Region Office, which serves as project manager on behalf of the Chicago Park District. “For the four communities connected by the project, and all Chicagoans, opening The 606 is cause for celebration. Community input has been integral to every aspect of this project, and we hope everyone will join us in creating an opening celebration that captures the transformative power of parks and open spaces.”
After opening, The 606 will follow typical Chicago Park District hours of 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. The project is easily accessible via CTA. Public transportation is encouraged to visit The 606, especially for those attending opening day celebrations. For more information on the project and the opening day festivities, please visit The 606 website.