South Loop park gets award
Printers Row Park honored by landscape architects
07/27/2011 4:34 PM
A South Loop park has earned an award for being one of the best in the state.
Printers Row Park, in the heart of the South Loop between Dearborn and Federal streets, and Polk and Harrison streets, earned a 2010 Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects.
The park, designed by landscape architecture firm Site Design Group, Ltd., features benches shaped to look like backwards letters from a printing press, a plaza and other urban design elements.
“A strong diagonal responds to the movements of a growing South Loop population and organizes an updated plaza for the fountain to the south and a raised berm to the north in the sun-challenged site,” the award description reads.
The award also credits the plaza’s stormwater retention, noting that the “intuitive urban plaza” uses permeable pavers to hold its own water during extraordinary rains, as well as from neighboring surfaces.