The goal of Make Way for Play was to identify ways to improve pedestrian, bicycle and transit access to Chicago’s parks and to creatively use the existing public way for active transportation and recreation opportunities.

Alta Planning + Design, with Houseal Lavigne Associates and Farr Associates, worked with the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children (CLOCC) to develop a guide to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access to Chicago’s parks and maximize the use of the public way to promote active living.

The project is closely aligned with Chicago’s bicycle, pedestrian, and complete streets planning and projects, which reflect the city’s commitment to promote physical activity citywide. This plan is sensitive to the range of parks within the city and includes careful consideration for the historic character of many of Chicago’s largest parks. The project team explored strategies that range from improving crossings of busy roads around parks to creating temporary, protected play spaces on neighborhood streets and other public areas. Also integral to the project are enforcement and encouragement strategies, and the adoption of new policies to coordinate the efforts of the transportation and parks departments.