US Army Corps of Engineers
Chicago District

Jackson Park

AUTHORITY:

Section 506, GREAT LAKES FISHERY & ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION (SECTION 506 WRDA 2000, as amended)

The Chicago Park District (CPD) holds many city parks within the Chicago City limits, many of which have portions dedicated to natural habitats that exemplify the Chicago region. The CPD has requested that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Chicago District initiate a study under the Section 506 Great Lakes Fishery and Ecosystem Restoration (GLFER) authority to determine the feasibility of restoring important migratory bird, fish and wildlife habitat within the natural portions of Jackson Park.

DESCRIPTION:

Jackson Park is located in Chicago, 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 study area consists of various natural area parcels, all of which are owned by CPD within Jackson Park. The natural area patches have the potential to provide pond, fringe marsh, sedge meadow, savanna and woodland habitat. The study area in rust color, on the map at right, is the area being considered for ecological restoration.

COSTS:

Total Project Costs:

$6,886,100

 Federal Costs:

$4,475,965

 Non-Federal Costs:

$2,410,135

 

STATUS:

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 non for profit), Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, Heritage Landscapes (an Olmsted expert), and community representatives will ensure that the finished Jackson Park GLFER project is a successful ecosystem restoration of an Olmsted Park.