I don’t often interject personal opinion into my posts, but I feel compelled to express disappointment in a recent development that has permanently changed one of my favorite “secret” areas of the city.
Connors Park, the small triangle park bordered by Delaware, Rush, Wabash and Chestnut, is one of the city’s oldest. It has been a designated park since 1848.
Until last year, and as I work in the neighborhood, I would often enjoy having my lunch here in the months which permit. There was a beautiful pergola and a small little fountain, surrounded by grand trees which would provide much appreciated shade from the heat.
Well, this is all gone. Two years ago, the park district privatized the park to Argo Teas in a 15 year deal where Argo will handle all up keep, in addition to what is being called a “tea shack” in the middle of the park.
I agree that the park needed some help, but bulldozing the century-plus-old trees, taking away the elements that made this space special and commercializing it, seems too easy an answer.
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