Maggie Daley Park ready to move into next phase

  • Aerial of the BP bridge, designed by Frank Gehry, that leads from Millennium Park across Columbus Drive to the location of the new Maggie Daley park.
Aerial of the BP bridge, designed by Frank Gehry, that leads from Millennium… (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago…)
August 14, 2013|By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco | RedEye

The Chicago Park District board of commissioners on Wednesday will consider awarding a $42.5 million contract to Walsh Construction Company for the second phase of the Maggie Daley Park.

The 20-acre park, which encompasses the Daley Bicentennial Plaza, Cancer Survivors Garden and Peanut Park, sits over the underground parking garage at North Grant Park bordered by Randolph Street and Lake Shore, Columbus and Monroe drives.

The first phase included repairing the roof of the garage and replacing the waterproofing system.

The work Walsh Construction and its subcontractors would do under the contract includes site preparation, concrete foundations, fencing, irrigation, soil installation, and landscaping. In addition, they would build the children's play garden, rock-climbing walls and the ice-skating ribbon.

Walsh Construction, a Chicago-based company, has worked on other city projects including the Wacker Drive reconstruction and the Millennium Park parking garage.

According to the Park District, the total project cost is estimated to be $55 million, which includes a combination of public and privately raised funds.

Construction of the site is expected to be completed by October 2014 with planting done a month later. Peanut Park and spring planting is anticipated to be completed by May 2015.

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