Ald. John Mar, the potato farm vigilante, has received committee backing for his submission to the city’s innovation fund. Ironically, the proposal calls for improved public spaces.
His pilot project, if approved by city council later this month, will see a temporary street park, called an S-Park, established in the decidedly unlively area of west downtown. The project would require partial or full closure of a roadway, but further details are slim. It could be a passive temporary greenspace built into the road, or could feature more involved amenities, including playgrounds, food trucks, music or art.
If the pilot is approved and the project is deemed a success, it could open the doors to temporary parks around the city.