Keep Montrose Harbor Accessible for All

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News broke in the March 18, 2021 Sun-Times that Mayor Lightfoot’s administration sought the addition of parking meters at Montrose Harbor. As well, that this plan was approved by 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman and by City Council.

There are few places, if any, in our city that experience a more varied set of activities, and a more diverse group of people coming together as the trails, green spaces, and beaches in and around Montrose Harbor. Montrose Harbor has long been the hub of running in Chicago, but also a space for persons and families from all over Chicago to enjoy our parks and beaches for a walk, bike ride, bird watching, soccer, and much more.

This has never been simply a result of the space available; it is due to its accessibility. The addition of parking meters places a barrier to enjoy our parks. These meters are not just a new tax on the park’s Northside neighbors. It’s a barrier to diverse Chicagoans from all over the city who have long come to Montrose Harbor.

The Chicago Area Runners Association calls on Mayor Lightfoot, Alderman Cappleman, and the City Council to reverse this decision, and keep our parks open and accessible for everyone in Chicago, regardless of their financial means.