Section 506, GREAT LAKES FISHERY & ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION (SECTION 506 WRDA 2000, as amended)
Jackson Park is located in Chicago, Illinois, along the western coast of Lake Michigan. The park resides between 56th Street to the north and 67th Street to the south. The eastern boundary is Lake Shore Drive and Lake Michigan, and to the west Stony Island Avenue. The project area consists of various natural area parcels, all of which are owned by the Chicago Park District within Jackson Park. The Jackson Park restoration established a diverse habitat mosaic, providing an ecological refuge to a variety of organisms in an otherwise urban environment. Pond, wetland, savanna, open woodland, dune, and riparian communities were restored following selective tree clearing and invasive species removal. Mudpuppy and fish habitats were also introduced into the lagoons.
Total Project Costs: $8,337,132
Federal Costs: $5,443,264
Non-Federal Costs: $2,893,869
The feasibility study was approved in June 2014, a project partnership agreement signed in August 2014, and a five-year construction contract awarded in September 2014. The collaboration between the Army Corps of Engineers Chicago District, Chicago Park District, Project 120 (a nonprofit), Illinois Historic Preservation Agency (merged into IDNR in 2017), Heritage Landscapes (an Olmsted expert), and community representatives enabled a successful Jackson Park GLFER ecosystem restoration project of an Olmsted Park.
The project is physically complete and the construction contract has been closed. The completed project was turned over to the nonfederal sponsor in September 2020. Post construction monitoring activities will be performed by the non-federal sponsor through 2025.