Join us at 12:30PM on Saturday May 2nd, to explore this new design by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates. The new park has a distinctive presence that has delighted Chicagoans and visitors with signature elements like an ice-skating ribbon, rock-climbing sculptures, and play garden.
The landscape spaces encountered through the park vary in character, scale and seasonal attributes creating a progression that unfolds in space and time. As visitors follow major pathways through the park, they will be introduced to a range of multisensory landscape experiences which are interspersed with views of the lake, the city and the rest of Grant Park.
Starting with the quarter-mile Ice Ribbon and Rock Climbing Park, and culminating with the 3-acre Play Garden, the tour will review the active and passive programming components that comprise Maggie Daley Park. The tour will also review the public process and project timeline; discuss the overall design goals and inception of the programmatic elements; describe the technical challenges associated with building a park over a parking structure; and showcase some of the sustainable aspects of the park.
Your Walk Leader will be Nichole Sheehan, a Project Manager in the Chicago Park District’s Department of Planning and Construction.
As a landscape architect with over fourteen years of professional experience in both the private and public sectors, Nichole has amassed a portfolio filled with park and open space master plans, new park developments and park rehabilitation projects. She has demonstrated her ability to implement large, complex projects with over 900 acres of built work. For the past 3 years, Nichole has managed the design and construction of Maggie Daley Park, a 27 acre world class, multi-functional park in the heart of Chicago.