Chicago Park District | Chicago, IL
This highly successful multiuse space; skate park, performance space
and a sculpture park, is revitalizing the southern section of Grant Park.
Located on a 2.5 acre parcel at the south end of Grant Park, this site is the
former location of Central Station that was demolished in 1974.
The design utilizes the changes in grade to create a series of levels
for different uses and events. The southern portion of the site has long
functioned as an informal community park for nearby residents. The redesign
preserves this local green edge while enhancing the slope with berms and
A spiraling path and curved tiered performance space play off the
existing topography while also enabling easy staging and setup for temporary
events and performances.
A plaza divides the performance space from the skate park proper and
creates an intermediate level between stage and the skate park. The skate park
is located at the level of the rail lines, allowing viewing from new overlooks
and the east and west sides and from 11th Street Bridge to the north.
skate park design creates platforms and elements that appear as uncovered
remnants of the Central Station building. The linear arrangement of elements
and bands of color are reminiscent the rail lines that once occupied the
site. The design also breaks up the typical
expanse of concrete normally seen in a typical skate park and introduces raised
planting beds, shade trees and a central drainage swale to capture stormwater
runoff for bioinfiltration.