Grant Park In Good Shape After Lollapalooza, Repairs Come In At $236,223.00
When it rains during the fest, the foot traffic of thousands of music fans tears up the turf fields and causes the most damage. Although this year's festival was evacuated for about an hour because of the approaching storms, there was minimal rainfall.
The cost estimate to repair Grant Park this year was $236,223, less than the $266,000 pricetag in 2014 when heavy rains soaked the fields during the music festival, according to the Chicago Park District.
Restoration was underway with landscaping crews working on repairing Lower Hutchinson Field. Fresh patches of soil had been added in the area - not far from the Samsung Galaxy stage - now just a memory - where Florence and the Machine closed out the three-day music festival early on Aug. 2.
All areas of Grant Park appeared to be open to the public as of Friday with the exception of Upper Hutchinson Field, which is at the southwest corner of Balbo and Columbus drives where Perry's stage stood. That area was fenced off for repairs.
"While we expect the repairs to happen quickly, it takes time for sod/seed to take root ensuring the lifespan of good grass, and we respectfully ask for patience to ensure that Grant Park is restored to, or improved from, its pre-festival condition," the statement said.
During this year's evacuation, festgoers trampled the garden on Michigan Avenue near Van Buren Street, south of the Art Institute of Chicago, O'Neill said. He said he has been assured that Lolla will pay to repair the garden and he also is pushing for tree replacement and restoration of the rose garden north of Buckingham Fountain as additional improvements to Grant Park.
There's greater visibility of Grant Park with its proximity to Maggie Daley Park, the Art Institute's Modern Wing, skate park, the Museum Campus, Northerly Island and of course Millennium Park, he said.
On Day 2 of the three-day festival, Union Park was evacuated as a storm bore down, dumping rain across the Chicago area - including the Near West Side park. The festival, featuring Vic Mensa, reopened about 70 minutes later.
Work won't start until mid to late September, which is after North Coast Music Festival held at the same park on Sept. 4-6. Restoration work in the fall will allow for the "optimal growing season for turf grass," she said. Fields will be aerated, topsoil will fill the low areas and grass seed will be spread throughout, she said.