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Toboggan slides leaving Dan Ryan Woods

Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Chicago Tribune

The decrepit and long-shuttered toboggan slides in Dan Ryan Woods will be removed under a contract approved Wednesday by the Cook County Forest Preserve District.

The board voted 14-3 to award the $87,000 contract to Bella Construction Inc. of Carol Stream.
The two wooden slides are beyond repair, said General Supt. Steven Bylina. Several commissioners said they hope the slides will be rebuilt, a project district officials said would cost nearly $1 million.

The contract calls for the vendor to backfill and sod the hill so it can be used for sledding.

Commissioner Forrest Claypool (D-Chicago), who dissented along with Chicago Democratic board members Roberto Maldonado and Mike Quigley, said the contract also should have required replacement of the slides.



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