The Chicago Park District signed a 10-year agreement with a non-profit co-founded by Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s former campaign manager to spearhead a $30 million plan to merge the Jackson Park and South Shore golf courses into a single, championship-caliber course, records show.
The agreement, signed Dec. 15, 2016, calls for the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance to be the “sole fundraising entity” for the ambitious project and to “work in partnership with the Park District for the fundraising, implementation and construction of agreed upon master plans.”
The contract, obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times under a Freedom of Information request, sets timelines and fundraising goals — nearly all of which have not been met.
For restoration of the South Shore golf course, the timeline was May through September 2018. The fundraising goal to be met by the non-profit alliance was $10 million.
For the Jackson Park course, the timeline was March 2018 through September 2020. The non-profit’s fundraising goal was $15 million.
Brian Hogan, a founding director of the Chicago Parks Golf Alliance, said he “remains confident” that the fundraising goals outlined in the contract will be reached in time to complete construction in 2020.
“Our preliminary fundraising has achieved the concept design plans by Tiger Woods, which will be included in the new South Lakefront framework plan that will be shared” with the public next week, Hogan said, referring to a public hearing that includes planning for the Obama presidential library. “As we begin the South Lakefront Framework Plan, along with the Park District and the Obama Foundation,…
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