The City of Chicago has had many improvements to its infrastructure over the past 20 years, which allows for people to use and enjoy the land for it’s true purpose. Many of the ordinances in Chicago are meant to keep us safe or keep us from doing things we shouldn’t be doing in the first place. Some of them are actually for us to enjoy the city. One such ordinance is the Open Space Impact Fee Ordinance. This ordinance accounts for a need for more public open space in the city and its communities.
According to Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) despite the legal ramifications of most policies, the race is on to protect our public health, climate, and our economy (2016). The purpose of the Open Space Fee is to make new properties to pay a fee that will help with park development and open space for new residents. This was proposed because there were few places for people to go to with open space to enjoy in communities (City of Chicago, 2016). The good thing is that in 2040 there will be increase of green open space that will involve being around river corridors and expands existing preserves. That means 70% of the population will have access to some sort of green open space by 2040 (CMAP 2016). As it’s productiveness it seems it has because many more areas are getting open spaces and 49% of todays population has access to open spaces around Chicago (CMAP 2016). This ordinance has given many people a place to walk their dogs or to have a good walk for their health. Furthermore, it has given people an opportunity to spend time outside with others and socialize in their community.