Chicago Plans To Use NATO Funds Toward Parks

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CHICAGO (AP) -- The city of Chicago will use money left over from the NATO summit to invest $7 million in improving city parks, boathouses and other recreational projects.

Officials say costs associated with this spring's summit came in under budget, so they can be used for other things.

About 60 percent, or about $6 million, were privately raised. Another $1 million will come from the Chicago Park District's capital funds.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that $2.5 million will go toward five neighborhood parks. He said that $2 million will go toward the construction of four boathouses along the Chicago River.

Another project aimed at creating a park trail through the city's northwest side will get $2 million.

About $500,000 will go toward expanding the Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks program.

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