Big Marsh, Park #564, Open House
Saturday, September 26th
10 – 1 p.m.
Tours start at 10:30 and 11:30
11599 S. Stony Island Ave.
Chicago Park District staff and project partners will provide information and answer questions.
Big Marsh is a 278-acre wetland that is included in conservation plans of the city's Calumet Open Space Reserve Plan and the federal Millennium Reserve. However, the CPD has re-purposed part of Big Marsh for a sports arena that is incompatible with a nature park.
Without any public hearing, the city and Chicago Park District made a deal with SRAM to convert Big Marsh into a training center for national BMX and cyclocross competitions. SRAM, and its corporate sponsors, have rights to 45 acres of Big Marsh.
According to the Overall Plan-Calumet Bike Park at Big Marsh map by the Hitchcock Design Group, Big Marsh will not be segregated, from the intense competitive biking tournaments, but it will be integrated into it as just scenery.
Of course, locals are for the restoration of Big Marsh, but we are not for a beautification plan subjugated by SRAM. On October 18, 2014, corporate sponsors held a “Big Marsh Mashdown,” three, 4 lap races on the bike course prior to any public discussion of land use.
Many believe the area is a health risk for people, particularly youngsters, as the bike park is next to landfills, which are a serious health threat. The East Side petcoke piles along the Calumet River are close. This area is a slag landfill superfund site. Bikers involved in intense racing are at a great risk to suffer from asthma and other health problems due to area pollution.
Goggle map of Big Marshhttps://www.google.com/maps/place/41%C2%B041'17.6%22N+87%C2%B034'24.1%22Wemail@example.com,-87.5733733,13z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0:0x0Directions: Take 103rd and exit at Stony Island (east of the Dan Ryan Expressway) and continue on Stony until you see signs directing to off street dirt parking lot. It is at 115th and on the east side of Stony.
Take 130th to Torrence Ave. turn north and cross bridge to 122nd. Turn left, west, to Stony Island (dead end). Turn right, north, and drive until you see signs directing to off street dirt parking lot. It is at 115th and on the east side of Stony.
Construction is complete at the Ford intersection at 130th and Torrence Ave.and you will notice the big difference.