Trading Parkas for Parks: Fullerton’s the Place to Go

April showers have so far left us with little chance to shed winter’s garb and grab some vitamin D the old fashioned way.  But when it is time to trade North Face parkas for lying on the grass facing north in the park, Fullerton and the lakefront is the place to me.

That’s where Walsh Construction has finished with a new erosion protection plan that also includes adding new parkland to Chicago’s Lake Michigan shoreline.  For more information, see the press release after the picture, which is really enough to tell you all you need to know.

Fullerton Shoreline (Photograph by Brian Fritz, courtesy of Walsh Construction)

Fullerton Shoreline (Photograph by Brian Fritz, courtesy of Walsh Construction)

Walsh Construction Adds Nearly 6 Acres of Land to Chicago Lakefront

CHICAGO – Walsh Construction has completed the latest section of the Chicago Shoreline Protection Project, adding a new 5.8 acre park along Chicago’s lakefront at Fullerton Parkway. The new green space will simplify bicycle and pedestrian traffic and provide erosion and flood protection to the surrounding landscape.

Managed by the Chicago Department of Transportation, the $31.5 million restoration project included filling a portion of Lake Michigan with aggregate, soil and recycled sand, and installing a 1,700-foot revetment along the shoreline. The project delivers critical environmental upgrades that will mitigate lakefront erosion and prevent flooding of neighboring Lake Shore Drive and the adjacent historical Theater on the Lake at Fullerton Parkway.

Additionally, the new park includes two separate paths for cyclists and pedestrians; easing congestion and adding safety along one of the lakefront’s busiest corridors.

“We’re proud to assist the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, and the Chicago Department of Transportation in creating new environments that provide long-term benefits for the city’s residents and visitors,” said Walsh’s Project Executive David Shier, “The new Fullerton lakefront is open, and we’re excited to see Chicagoans enjoy their new space.”

Walsh has delivered other high-profile public spaces across the city. Walsh served as the general contractor on the 606, Maggie Daley Park, and the Chicago Riverwalk, where the company is currently constructing the fourth and final phase of a 1.3 mile uninterrupted path along the Chicago River. In total, Walsh constructed three of the four segments of the Riverwalk.

Location: Fullerton Avenue Beach, Lincoln Park

Author: Editor

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