Tweaks to Washington Park's Olympic legacy

May 16, 2009 4:09:59 PM PDT
Chicago's Olympic planners are sweetening the pot for South Side residents uneasy about the legacy of the 2016 Summer Games.The city is considering purchasing the Washington Park armory and converting the facility into a massive indoor sports complex if Chicago gets the Games.

Currently, the armory is home to an Illinois National Guard regimen and has been a frequent filming location for movies.

The 2016 plan calls for Washington Park to be home to a temporary 95,000-seat Olympic stadium, which would later be converted into a much smaller community amphitheater.

At a Saturday morning meeting, residents were told the size of amphitheater will be scaled back because of community concerns that it was too large for the park. The plan now calls for a 3,500-seat amphitheater post-Games. That's less than half of the size of the original proposal.


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