We are gearing up to reveal to you our hometown best and worst designs. I think many people in Chicago will agree that Buckingham Fountain is not only a Chicago hallmark, but quite possibly one of their favorite Chicago designs. The Chicago Park District recently announced that the fountain will undergo $25 million in renovations to improve water flow and to stop leaking.
The Chicago Tribune reported that a majority of the work will be done to the outer basin, and the improved water flow may even increase the height at which the water springs forth from the fountain. Additionally, more trees will be planted, a new lighting system may be installed, and the crushed rock surrounding the fountain may be replaced. You can view the image below to see construction plans.
Chicago Tribune Image
The funding will come from the Park District, endowment fund, Lollapalooza, the city and possibly the state. According to the Chicago Tribune, we are seeing these restorations due to the fact that, “the added flash and flourish is meant to draw more visitors and impress the panel of International Olympic Committee.” Does the $25 million in funding seem a little unreasonable to anyone else? Will Buckingham Fountain ‘seal the deal’ for the bid? I think there are other, more obvious, practical improvements the city can make such as focusing on the Chicago Transit System (CTA).
On the other hand, I am happy to see that the water problems (leaking) will be alleviated and more trees will be planted in Grant Park…does anyone else want to weigh in? Am I off the mark here?