Coming across this article there does seem to be an indisputable trend in the city of plans to take city parks and build civic structure or for use by private entities. From this proposal in Warren Park, the Latin school soccer field in Lincoln Park, Children's Museum in Grant Park, and permanent proposed Olympic venues for Douglas, Washington Park, and Northerly Island.
Is this just good use of municipal resources is it a horrible disregard for future generations and present ones. Does this city have enough park space to spare? Are we really as comparatively park deprived as critics say? Are more pocket parks the wave of the future?
John Kass commentary
One of the most attractive aspects of Chicago is its relative abundance of city parks. I grew up a few blocks from Warren park when it was a private golf course.
Senior housing is important but building this type of center in a public park is inappropriate. The land needs to be reserved for public recreational use. There are plenty of other spots that could be used for senior citizens housing.
If they can build a senior citizens center there, the next thing to do would be to sell the parks to developers in order to pay down city debts or some such. Don't sell off Chicago's patrimony.