Calumet River Garden Gateway

Project Profile

Project Location

Chicago, IL

Project Lead




Money Needed


The Calumet River Gateway Garden (CRGG) is a community-designed project that will transform neglected vacant land in South Chicago into a vibrant community asset for all ages. Located next to three affordable housing development that both young families and seniors call home, CCRG will create a gathering place with over 70 newly-installed trees including native oak, catalpa, and pine.

In a neighborhood where access to parks and play spaces is extremely limited, this project will provide a community-driven nature garden, playground, and stormwater management area. Historically, formal public access along the heavily industrialized Calumet River was very limited or non-existent. Restoring public access to the regional waterways will be a significant benefit to the 21,000 people who live within a mile of CCRG, located at the corner of 92nd Street and Buffalo. Intergenerational residents will utilize this restorative garden for family-oriented play, exercise, and stewardship.

Program Partners including NeighborSpace, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, City of Chicago, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. Community stakeholders and leaders will develop open space and neighborhood leadership teams by being active agents at every stage of development. 

CRGG will create a much-needed public greenspace and will be a highly visible project anchoring future economic growth. 

Every tree planting project demonstrates impacts that create a more just and sustainable future. NeighborSpace, Chicago Region Trees Initiative, City of Chicago, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago focused on planting trees to create a gathering place for the community and improve the lives of nearby residents.

Human Health

Air Quality - 10
Urban Heat - 7
Active Living - 10
Wellness and Mental Health - 12
Social Health - 11

Social Equity

Inequity Context - 12
Site Selection - 5
Community Engagement in Design - 9
Community Participation - 9
Economic Equity - 6


Site Prep and Implementation - 18
Climate Action - 0
Water Quality and Quantity - 10
Habitat, Food and Wood Production - 2
Bioremediation - 0

The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs are a global call for action. These goals have the power to build a better future for everyone. Investment in this impact project drives action towards the following goals.

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Good Health and Well Being
Clean Water and Sanitation
Decent Work and Economic Growth
Reduce Inequalities
Sustainable Cities and Communities
Responsible Production and Consumption
Climate Action
Life on Land
Peace, Justice, and Strong Institutions
Partnerships for Goals

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