North Grant Park plans tweaked, climbing wall shortened
08/16/2012 5:41 PM
North Grant Park is scheduled to get a big overhaul that’ll begin as soon as this fall, but after a community meeting held last month, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) said he’s asked the park district to tweak its plans.
In the wake of a public meeting where residents criticized plans for the park, Reilly said in his email newsletter that several of the chief resident complaints had been addressed.
The park’s climbing wall, which was once 60 feet high, has been reduced to 40 feet, Reilly said and the park district confirmed. Reilly said that after the park is closed, lower-level hand holds on the wall will be removed to keep people from climbing it after hours.
After stories about late-night — unauthorized — hockey games popped up in the media, many began saying that the park’s new meandering loop skating ribbon would leave those skaters without a place to play.
“The park district has committed to finding a location further south within Grant Park to locate a rink for team sports and recreation,” Reilly said in his email.