Erin Aleman, executive director of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), and other staff members recently joined our partners to celebrate the opening of the Berkeley Public Library's new StoryWalk along the Illinois Prairie Path.
Signboards installed along the path feature pages from a picture book, allowing residents to read the story as they walk through the space. CMAP has been working with four communities, including Berkeley, to support innovative public space projects like this.
The villages of Berkeley and Hillside and the Berkeley Park District are working on a shared vision to increase pedestrian and bike traffic along the path, attract businesses to the area, and enhance parks and open space for residents and path users.
By increasing pedestrian and bicycle activity in the area, the villages are well positioned to attract restaurants and retailers that cater to trail users.