The Park District needs to get its priorities straight

To the Editor:

In an article published in the Hyde Park Herald, on March 4, 2015, the Chicago Park District stated that they intended on rebuilding the shoreline between 45th Street to 51st Street in either 2017 or 2018. This announcement came after the storm of October 31, 2014 resulted in severe damage to this area and the closing of the bike and foot paths for some time. The Park District did accomplish superficial repairs to this area but did not address the structural problems that led to this problem.

We are currently into the third quarter of 2017 and nothing additional has been done and it appears it has been deferred again as was done in 2006 after the Park District had announced plans in earlier years.

But the Park District appears to be moving forward to rebuild the shoreline between 67th to 71st streets as part of the Tiger Woods Golf Course proposal. As the proponents of this golf course state the 2nd hole of the golf course is flooded when there is severe storms and this problem needs to be fixed.

It is my opinion that the thousands of people who utilize the paths between 45th to 51st streets year round, for biking, walking, running and rollerblading, should take precedence over the few who will pass through the 2nd hole of the golf course for part of the year.

The Park District needs to get its priorities straight.

Michael Hoke