The city has made good on its promise to deliver the new skate park at the very southern end of Grant Park by the end of the year, as the park officially opened for public use over the weekend. On Saturday morning, dozens of skaters and onlookers convened at the new park near Michigan and Roosevelt to christen its brand new rails, stairs and half pipes and according to Bob O'Neill of the Grant Park Conservancy, the event was packed and "could not have gone better." The opening comes after a nearly two year effort between the Chicago Park District, the Grant Park Conservancy and landscape architecture outfit Altamanu. Tens of thousands of college students live in the southern end of the downtown area, and with three acres of space to skate or spectate, the new park will surely become a destination for a segment of the younger demographic in the area.
The Grant Park skate park is the first of several high profile public park spaces in the pipeline to officially open. Within the next year, the 606 trail, sections of the Chicago Riverwalk extension along with sections of Maggie Daley Park and Northerly Island will also be open to the public.
·The Brand New Grant Park Skate Park Opens Tomorrow [Curbed Chicago]
·Grant Park's New Skate Park is Beginning to Take Shape [Curbed Chicago]
·The Five Most Anticipated New Parks Chicagoans Can't Wait For [Curbed Chicago]
·All previous Grant Park skate park coverage [Curbed Chicago]