$55M North Grant Park to be named for Maggie Daley

08/29/2012 10:00 PM

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When North Grant Park reopens in winter 2014 after a major makeover, it’ll have a new name: Maggie Daley Park.

The park is set for a major makeover beginning this fall, when the majority of Grant Park from Monroe to Randolph, east of Columbus Drive, will be torn up in an effort to replace the roof of the parking garage underneath it.

The current park is named for Maggie Daley’s father-in-law, Richard J. Daley (Daley Bicentennial Plaza), which is dominated by concrete, with geometric sidewalk patterns and carefully preened landscaping.

The new Maggie Daley Park will be much more sprawling, with varying elevations throughout the park and winding paths through hills and lawns. It’ll feature a climbing wall, an ice skating ribbon and a play garden, among other features.

Construction on the park is expected to begin this fall and be mostly done by the end of 2014, with finishing touches put on in spring 2015.

Tucked into the end of a press release about the renaming from the Mayor’s Office was the park’s updated cost: $55 million. Of that, $35 million was set aside for rebuilding the park when the city leased the garage beneath it to a private firm. Roughly $9 million in additional cash has been raised to help pay for the park, according to Grant Park Conservancy chief Bob O’Neill.

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