Some things never change. In 2008 it was the mega-rich Latin School that attempted to seize a few acres of priceless public Park land for a private soccer field. In 2015 the University of Chicago wants 22 acres of Washington Park for the Obama Library.
The University, which has annual endowment income of over $420 million, owns a ton of property across the street from the public park land they would appropriate for the library and they would profit hugely from locating the library there.
The advocacy and service organization Friends of The Parks says “NO!”