By Grant Park Conservancy Staff
We are excited to announce that the restoration of the historic Gazebo is complete! We know so many of you have missed the Gazebo – walking past it on your daily park walks, celebrating birthdays with friends and family, or just sitting in the shade of the circa-1920 structure.
Last November, our park suffered a significant loss when the historic Gazebo burned down. While we were devastated by this loss, we are so appreciative of the community’s generous support and for the quick response from the department of Parks and Recreation. The rebuilding of the Gazebo began in late March and was completed in September.
We would like to thank Keith Hicks, the Director of Park Design, for his leadership in bringing the Gazebo back to life. For this restoration, Mr. Hicks and his team worked from old pictures of the Gazebo to rebuild it as close as possible to the original structure. In addition, an ADA ramp, picnic patio, and lighting were added. The GPC was pleased to donate funding to the project to allow for the guard rails to be upgraded to a custom designed wrought iron rail and to have a water fountain installed at the site.
We would also like to thank our members again for their generous donations towards the restoration of the Gazebo. Please consider donating to the Conservancy by visiting www.gpconservancy.org/support as we continue our mission of advocating and caring for historic Grant Park. We look forward to seeing you back at the Gazebo!