Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Management Plan
Chicago Park District, Friends of Lincoln Park
The Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool is a landmark 1937 prairie school landscape designed by Alfred Caldwell, a student of Jens Jensen. Over the years this beautiful landscape had deteriorated through neglect, changed uses (in the 1950s it became the Lincoln Park Zoo’s rookery), a 1960s restoration effort that was unsuccessful, and increasing shade and erosion over time. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (WLA) was selected by the Friends of Lincoln Park to develop a concept plan that would be a beginning point for restoration, and the resulting plan met with wide support from neighbors, the Chicago Park District (CPD), and neighboring institutions. The landscape architect was then selected by the CPD to develop an overall rehabilitation plan and to provide services from schematic design through contract documentation and construction.
At the completion of construction the Chicago Park District again retained WLA, this time to develop a Management Plan. The goal of the Plan is to identify and outline management and maintenance operations and procedures so that the investment in the rehabilitated Lily Pool can be retained and the site can be maintained for the enjoyment of future generations. The plan is a “how-to” guide to operations, from daily activities such as clean-up to periodic activities such as water sampling to yearly activities such as wood preservation treatments for the pavilion. It also addresses hours, oversight, docent training, and visitation. The Management Plan is a resource for the Chicago Park District, its contractors, and the Friends of Lincoln Park, all of whom have an on-going management responsibility for the Lily Pool.