The historic Jackson Park along Lake Michigan in Chicago is experiencing a holistic landscape renewal as part of a five-year, multimillion-dollar restoration funded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Chicago Park District in partnership with Project 120 Chicago.
The ultimate intent of the project is to restore the ecological value of the park for birds, fish, mussels, pollinators and the Chicago community using original design principles of Frederick Law Olmsted and ecological restoration with native plants of the Chicago Region.
As General Contractor for the Jackson Park Ecological Restoration, AES began the physical and ecological transformation of this degraded landscape in the fall of 2014. Working closely with our partners, AES removed invasive species and began planting native habitats.
- emergent and deep emergent shoreline communities
- sedge meadows
- oak savannas
- open woodlands
- Great Lakes dune communities
In the installation of native shrubs, trees, herbaceous plants and seed, AES worked with a local partner, Green Corp, and engaged the local community in the installation of thousands of trees and shrubs and 200,000+ native plants.
AES also worked with our partners to dewater the lagoons and remove invasive fish, and to re-grade the lagoon shoreline to create a wide transitional shelf for the establishment of wetland plant communities. The planting of 90,000 plants along the wetland shelf will provide excellent habitat for many fish, amphibians and mussels that will be reintroduced to the lagoons as the plants are fully established.
AES also worked with our partners to create new walking trails to allow greater flow of pedestrian traffic throughout Jackson Park, including renovation of historic paths on the revered Wooded Island. Crews installed nine overlook areas offering broad vistas of the park and spaces for quiet reflection.
The Ecological Restoration of Jackson Park will provide green oasis for the south-side Chicago residents, and park visitors. It will be an ecological oasis, as well, for migratory birds, fish, amphibians and insect pollinators that contribute to the life of the great City of Chicago, and beyond.
- General Contractor
- Ecological Restoration
- Project Management
- Construction Management + Oversight
Jackson Park was designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and his partner Calvert Vaux in 1871 as part of one park system called South Park, which also includes Washington Park and the Midway Plaisance – a masterpiece of urban planning and park innovation. Following the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, which took place in Jackson Park, Olmsted transformed the 540-acre site into one of the best parks in nation. For more information about the revitalization of Jackson Park visit www.project120chicago.org.