According to information in the newsletter of 42nd ward alderman Brendan Reilly, the park "will contain 9,245 square feet of grassy area, low-rise plantings, 23 trees, bicycle parking and seating." 155 North Wacker developer John Buck, reports Reilly . . .
anticipates completion of the park and its landscaping by July 2010.Let's hope "perpetuity" lasts longer than the beautiful park next to Buck's AMA building, which was leveled, after the city failed to take Buck up on his offer to sell it to them, for the just-opened Palomar Hotel.At the moment, the park remains nameless. Should we begin a campaign to convince Reilly and Buck that it should named after Harry Heftman? Harry was the guy who, for over half a century, sold hot dogs at his 300 W. Randolph restaurant where, about a year ago, Mayor Daley and other luminaries stopped by to help Harry celebrate his 100th birthday, just before the city came in and smacked the building down to the ground to make way for the new park?It's not just the big money, but the small gestures that give the streets their woof and weave. No less than with the Crowns or the Pritzkers, the spirit of Chicago is the product of legends like Harry Heftman, who create the micro institutions that give the city character all the way down to the countertops of a cozy corner restaurant, polishing the bedrock of the everyday with a genial smile.
The Buck Company will construct and maintain the park in perpetuity, however there is a Development and Maintenance agreement in place to return ownership back to the city upon completion. That agreement designates the park land as public open space in perpetuity.