Tuesday, February 23, 2021

City Announces Lakefront and Playgrounds Will Begin to Reopen

Well this is an encouraging development (via Chicago Tribune):

The Chicago Park District was expected to announce Tuesday the city’s lakefront, playgrounds and indoor aquatics centers will begin to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic forced them to close nearly a year ago, according to the mayor’s office.

The decision comes after the city’s Health Department and Mayor Lori Lightfoot Monday touted the city’s test positivity rate dipped to 3.4%, “the lowest the city has been since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak,” the agency posted on social media.

The lakefront, its associated parking lots and public access points leading to park property east of Lake Shore Drive are to be reopened by Chicago Park District crews, according to an email from a city spokesman. The popular public spaces began to close last March, when city playgrounds also were locked. They weren’t reopened in the spring even when other venues reopened after the statewide coronavirus lockdown.

The sun is shinning and the snow is melting, it's a great feeling to think we might be heading to the lakeshore and parks soon!

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