$20 million federally-funded nature trail 'another win for Englewood'

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Leaders gathered on Chicago’s South Side Friday, the site of a future nature trail.

Federal funding is helping to put a major project on Chicago’s South Side into motion and advocates are calling it “another win for Englewood!”

Leaders gathered to celebrate a $20 million federal grant that will help convert nearly two miles of unused railroad corridor into the Englewood Nature Trail.

Senator Dick Durbin was among those on hand.

“Isn’t it about time that people, regardless of their income, big or little, have an opportunity to value the environmental assets of our community?” he asked. “That’s what this nature trail is all about.”

Mayor Lightfoot has promised that the entire project, beyond the federal grant, will be funded moving forward.

“The trail will serve as both a physical connector and a pathway to community revitalization by providing new space where neighbors can enjoy the benefits of nature and access economic opportunities, healthy food options and community businesses.”

Anton Seals Jr. with the group Grow Greater Englewood said the project also elevates public safety.

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