21. Big Marsh Mountain Bike Park 


Big Marsh Mountain Bike Park, 116th Street & Stony Island Avenue

About the size of Chicago’s Grant Park, Big Marsh was dedicated as part of the Chicago Park District in 2014 as a mountain bike trail area and state-of-the-art eco-tourism attraction for all ages and levels of cycling ability.  That dedication was not without controversy, however, because it represented a change in plans for many residents and others who had hoped for a more environmentally “pure” restoration of the Big Marsh site.  Some of that commentary is linked to, below:


COMMUNITY COMMENTS  ABOUT THE PARK’S DEVELOPMENT:

http://www.spotlightingsoutheastchicago.com/articles.html  (See, in particular, the section, “BEST NEST — One More time . . .”)


Video Documentation has been done at various times, and at different locations within the Big Marsh space.  Two of those are linked to, below:

2007:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQyIGD-rjGA

2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5w_vEG7UuR0

And, photographic coverage has also been given over a period of years, as well:

2007:











2014: Big Marsh Dedication







(Photos by Kevin P. Murphy & Joann  Podkul Murphy)
















© Kevin Murphy & Joann Podkul Murphy 2016