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Want To Manage The 606 Trail And Park System? Park District Looking For A $72,500-A-Year Manager

The application deadline is Jan. 23.

The 606 Block Party finished with a colorful and community involved illumination procession that departed west on the trail following the last light of the day.
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LOGAN SQUARE — What if, instead of biking or jogging The 606’s Bloomingdale Trail, you managed it?

The Chicago Park District is hiring a project manager to oversee the trail and its park system. Applications can be submitted online through Jan. 23.

Benjamin Helphand, president of Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail, said the role, which comes with a salary of $72,500 per year, “is like a park supervisor but it’s bigger than that. … You’re responsible for the trail, all of the parks.”

Built on top of abandoned railway tracks, the 2.7-mile trail connects to a handful of access parks: Walsh Park at 1722 N. Ashland Ave., Churchill Park at 1825 N. Damen Ave., Park No. 567 at 1801-11 N. Milwaukee Ave. and Julia de Burgos Park at 1805 N. Albany Ave.

In the job listing, the park district said it’s looking for applicants with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience as well as three to five years project management experience.

Helphand said of the role: “You need a unique kind of person because you have to interact with a lot of different programming and bureaucracy.”

A spokeswoman for the park district declined to provide more information.

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