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Renewing and Reconnecting the Chicago River to Repurpose it From Sewer to Swimming Hole

​In 2015, Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Metropolitan Planning Council announced the Great Rivers Chicago effort. This city-wide visioning process is designed to develop a long-term plan to clean up and reintegrate into city life the three rivers of the Chicago system: the Chicago, Calumet and Des Plaines rivers. Read more... Read more

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program Webinar

The National Park Service (NPS) is hosting a webinar to highlight their Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program. Through this program, the NPS works with local leaders to build partnerships and engage their communities in outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation projects. Join them for the webinar to learn how to secure help for your community project. Project applicants may be state and local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups. National Parks and other Federal agencies may apply in... Read more

Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program

​ Have an idea for a trail, river, or park in your community? The National Park Service (NPS) can help! The NPS Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program supports community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the nation. NPS’s national network of conservation and recreation planning professionals partners with community groups, nonprofits, tribes, and state and local governments to design trails and parks, conserve and improve access to rivers, protect special places, and create recreation opportunities. Applications are... Read more

Next Up in Easton? Pedestrian-Bike Trestle Linking City to Phillipsburg

As Easton, Pennsylvania, moves to position itself as a destination river town, local leaders have unveiled a proposal to turn a railroad trestle that crosses the Lehigh and Delaware rivers into a pedestrian and bike path that would connect the city to Phillipsburg. Read more... Read more

Chicago River Gets 600 Feet of Floating Gardens

Over 600 feet of floating wetlands are coming to the Chicago River as a pilot project by nonprofit Urban Rivers, which hopes to rehabilitate urban waterways in Chicago and around the world. The effort comes on top of the city’s own ambitious plans to make the Chicago River more inviting and productive. Read more... Read more

Ambitious Proposal Would Make Chicago River the City’s New Backyard

Chicago’s lakefront is a triumph of city planning — the preservation of the city’s chief physical asset for use by the public instead of by factories and wealthy, private homes. It’s the city’s front yard. Until recently, the Chicago River has not received the same loving attention. But in the past 20 years, that perception has changed dramatically, with a series of improvements through public and private development. Read more... Read more

New Rivers Plan: Bold Strokes and Big Challenges

Good urban planning can make you smile. Consider Chicago’s 2009 plan for the downtown riverwalk, which laid out a vision for turning the once-dreary docks along the Chicago River’s south bank into a prime public space. Today, the riverwalk teems with pedestrians, joggers, cyclists and wine-sipping millennials. Read more... Read more
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