Gompers Park Lagoon Rehabilitation
Chicago Park District, URS Greiner Woodward Clyde
Gompers Park was originally constructed in 1930s under the Works Progress Administration. The lagoon portion of the park has been restored as part of the Chicago Park District’s 1999/2000 Lagoon Rehabilitation Program. The overuse of the lagoon led to the further degradation of the shoreline. A large population of waterfowl further eroded the shoreline and destroyed what little shoreline vegetation that was left. The Chicago Park District’s goal was to rehabilitate the lagoon to its original historic character, yet allow it to be used within today’s context.
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. participated in the site analysis, historic analysis and research, schematic design, design development, and contract documentation and administration phases; attended public meetings; and prepared project budgets. Bioengineering techniques were used to re-establish natural plant communities, which provide shoreline stabilization and increase habitat diversity. The project also included new pedestrian bridges, fencing to protect plantings and shorelines, stone outcroppings to stabilize shorelines and increase accessibility, new paths, lighting, site furnishings, handicapped accessible fishing piers and stations, as well as a unique stone waterfall feature at the water source location.
Construction of the lagoon was completed in November of 2000 for a construction cost of $1 million and won a Design Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter ASLA in 2002.