The Chicago Plan Commission has approved the construction of a new skate park complex at the south end of Grant Park (using the address 300 East 11th Street).
Bob O’Neil of the Grant Park Conservancy sent us these thoughts on the project:
We are making Grant Park more user-friendly and innovative and a place where nature, art, science and culture all come together in an outdoor, open setting. The skate park is a piece in that puzzle that is turning Grant Park’s 325 acres into an amazing urban asset for Chicago.
Because its location is a disused sunken area between South Michigan Avenue and the Metra Electric District train tracks, the design by Chicago’s Altamanu includes an observation platform for non-skaters to take in the action.
The next step for the skate park is a vote by the full city council, which is expected to approve.