Erie Park sits on a three-acre parcel in the River North neighborhood on the north branch of the Chicago River. Erie Park is an extension of Erie Terraces, an awardwinning park that was designed and built in the Erie Street right-of-way in 1998. Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (WLA) was the designer and prime consultant for Erie Terraces and prime consultant for both the river edge rehabilitation (bulkhead construction) and Erie Park design. The Chicago Park District acquired the two-acre south parcel for $11 million; the one-acre north parcel was acquired from Centrum Properties, the developer of Kingsbury Park, to provide park land required by Chicago’s open space ordinance. The main asset at the site is the Chicago River. Goals were to provide a pedestrian promenade along the river and to bring people and provide views from the surrounding streets and neighborhood to the river. This is accomplished by a wide gravel riverwalk promenade with shade trees and benches; the gravel encourages pedestrians and discourages bicycles and roller blades; by direct diagonal paths from street intersections leading directly to the river’s edge; and by grading such that the site slopes uniformly from the streets to the river and opens up views of the river from the neighborhood, somewhat rare in Chicago, where the river is often hidden behind and below steel piling. The park also includes an entry plaza and a children’s playground. Budget for the bulkhead construction was $2 million; budget for the south parcel is $1 million; and budget for the north parcel is also $1 million. Peter Walker and Partners was the design landscape architect through schematic design and Knight Infrastructure was the engineer for the bulkhead construction, both as consultants to WLA.