In 1921, Bessie Coleman earned her pilot's license (two years before Amelia Earhart) from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale. She was the only licensed African-American pilot in the world, and was an inspiration to thousands of aviators, including the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The park at Meigs Field will honor her pioneering spirit.
One of the keys to Bessie Coleman Park is that it provides the best of all worlds: the excitement of aviation in an educational environment, combined with park elements (“parkscape”), open space, activities and programs for all Chicagoans.
Park features will include:
It is believe that the newly added parkland will constitute the largest new park added to Chicago’s lakefront in over 50 years.
In 1997, the City of Chicago published a proposal for a park on Northerly Island. Interestingly, nearly all of the elements of that plan can be incorporated into the plan for Bessie Coleman Park.
The basic premise of Bessie Coleman Park is that Chicago has an opportunity to create something exceptional, a unique public attraction that benefits every Chicagoan, at virtually no cost to the taxpayers.
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