April 14, 2024

GREEN IS THE NEW URBAN: THE PARK AT LAKESHORE EAST

April 14, 2024

GREEN IS THE NEW URBAN: THE PARK AT LAKESHORE EAST

GREEN IS THE NEW URBAN
THE PARK AT LAKESHORE EAST

Lakeshore East Park is a gem that makes our neighborhood shine. It was actually one of the deciding factors when I moved back to the Lancaster from 340 E Randolph in 2010—I missed walking out my front door into the park. This park isn't just green space; it's a testament to how modern urban living is evolving. Lush, inviting, and full of life, Lakeshore East Park has been a cornerstone in turning the area into a true community. And as someone who's been here from the get-go, I've had the pleasure of watching this transformation unfold
Upon moving into the first new high-rise in 2005, I witnessed the completion of this six-acre oasis in the heart of the city. Designed by renowned landscape architect James Burnett and Chicago's Site Design Group, this botanical haven was officially dedicated to the city of Chicago on July 16, 2005, by Mayor Daley and other city officials. Thanks to a maintenance agreement established through the Master Plan, funded by each building surrounding the park, it remains one of Chicago Park District's best-maintained parks.

As we embrace the arrival of spring, the park comes alive with lush greenery, blooming Bradford pear trees, and soon-to-be active fountains and tulips. With its nautical-themed design, the park's pathways evoke the sails on Lake Michigan, creating a picturesque setting for all residents to enjoy.

Designed to be the focal point of our community, the park features a great lawn, a dog park, and a children's park. While plans for a school in the northeast corner were altered early on, the park continues to serve as a central gathering place for all residents. The presence of the fountains adds a tranquil ambiance, offering a serene retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of downtown.

Without the 5.3-acre park, our neighborhood would lack the strong sense of community it currently exudes. The addition of Cascade Park in 2021 further enhanced connectivity, providing residents with a seamless pathway to the lakefront and fostering a more cohesive environment for all to enjoy.

Throughout the year, the park hosts various community events, and even in winter, its evergreen trees adorned with lights captivate residents and visitors alike. Having resided overlooking the park for nearly two decades, I can attest that the view of the high-rises against the backdrop of the sunset never ceases to inspire.

Lakeshore East Park symbolizes the idea that green spaces are becoming more prominent in urban areas. Acting as the lively center of our community, this city oasis not only unites us but also emphasizes the growing significance of nature spaces in shaping modern city living. It offers a crucial spot for connection, joy, and peace, showcasing the transformative influence of nature in a city setting. As a resident who has treasured the sight of this park for nearly two decades, I am inspired by the togetherness and energy it brings to our neighborhood.
Watch James Burnett describe his vision of the park in 2011

Photogallery of 
LakeShore East Park

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