MAGGIE DALEY PARK
Chicago, IL (2010–2013)
Maggie Daley Park is a 27-acre downtown park that provides a place to play and relax for visitors of all ages, including the elderly, teenagers, and small children. New neighborhood landmarks within the park include the 3-acre Play Garden, the quarter-mile loop of the Skating Ribbon, and the 40-foot high Climbing Wall. Walking along gently curved pathways and enjoying the new views created by rolling topography, the daily park user might not even realize that the park is built over a 4,000-car parking garage and that it is the second largest green roof in Chicago.

The park provides generous access to Chicago's famous network of lakefront landscapes: connecting to glamorous Millennium Park to the west, the 18-mile long Lakefront Trail to the east, and the civic expanse of Grant Park to the south. A combination of soil engineering and extensive naturalized plantings helps mitigate heat island effect and allows the new park to be considerably more absorptive than its predecessor by creating the capacity to manage rainfall from a 100-year storm.

In a neighborhood with a rapidly growing residential population, the Play Garden offers thrills, challenges, and delight for children of all abilities. The fun is integrated throughout multifunctional areas for imagination-driven play, and features over-the-top versions of time-honored playground favorites like slides, swings, water, and climbing features. A child-scaled trail system links smaller spaces such as the Garden of Surprises, the Enchanted Forest, The Lagoon, Wave Lawn, and Slide Crater.

During the planning and design of Maggie Daley Park, heavily attended public meetings were held to shape the future of “Chicago's Front Yard.” Feedback from the community, which has been reflected in the park's design, revealed a desire for neighborhood-based programming, better connections to the surrounding context, and different types of landscape experiences, including both active and peaceful places.

Links:
Official Maggie Daley Park Website
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