The $1,5 million Elum lake renovation, completed by the city of Chicago, will be “world-level,” Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday.
The $1 million project to replace a sewer line and other infrastructure with a network of solar-powered solar panels is expected to open in June, officials said.
The project is being billed as a way to get more people off of their cars and into the sun.
The Elum project, which is being overseen by a private company, is a joint effort of the city and Elum-Lake County.
It will be one of the largest solar-power projects in the world, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
The Elum Energy Center, the state’s first solar-generated wastewater plant, was completed in 2009.
The City Council approved the Elum Riverfront Development Plan, a 1,300-acre redevelopment plan that includes a residential, commercial and office complex.
It also includes plans for a new park and a park-and-ride lot.
The plan includes a $10 million fund for the park- and-ride facility and the $20 million project for a park and walkway along Elum Creek.
The park and ride will connect the Elushe Lakefront to the lakefront, where the water will be diverted for recreation.