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Big Marsh bike park project aims to invigorate Southeast Side

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Large swaths of industrial wasteland in the Lake Calumet region on Chicago’s Southeast Side remain largely untouched and forgotten after years of environmental abuse and unfulfilled promises.

But there’s reason for hope at Big Marsh, according to environmentalists, biking enthusiasts and Chicago Park District officials. The 278-acre park district property, once an industrial waste dumping site, is now envisioned as a world-class bike park intended to eventually host BMX and cyclocross racing championships. Such activity would also help leverage more money for habitat restoration work at Big Marsh and other nearby park properties and spur economic growth in the area, advocates say…Please click here o read Greg Trotter’s story in the Chicago Tribune.

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