|Rendering of Skate Park (via DNAinfo)|
With an expected budget totaling at $2.5 million instead of the $3.5 million activists expected, the design of a skate park planned for the southern tip of Grant Park has been scaled back, newly-released renderings reveal.
Initial plans for an artificially raised landscape with a stage and projection screen in the basin of a valley were scrapped, and the high-concept wheel-friendly surfaces were adapted to a more conventional skate park layout, with quarter pipes, grinding rails and other structures grouped together.
While the initial design envisioned pedestrians and skaters sharing wheel-friendly pathways, the new design concentrates most of the skating features in a single area.So let us get this straight - the plan has been altered to favor skaters instead of the general public? Seems silly if you ask us. Isn't there already a skate park just north of the tennis courts in Grant Park? While we would love to see this area be improved, it seems silly to just build a skate park.
Maybe DNAinfo isn't reporting the entire plan, because if this is true it's disappointing.
What do you think?
(Hat tip: KM!)