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That was over five years ago, and now, finally, Daley Bicentennial park is about to be erased. But not for a museum. The combination of a failing economy, anemic fundraising and persistent public opposition proved to much even for someone as powerful and persistant as Mayor Daley, and the Childrens Museum decided to stay put at Navy Pier.
No, as was always the case, the park is being torn up because the membrane that separates it from East Monroe parking garage below needs to be replaced. A new North Grant Park, named after the late Maggie Daley, will be constructed atop the new membrane. Designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh, it stands to be a handsome counterpoint to Millennium Park to the west, combining elements both passive . . .
Chain link fence is going up. The majestic trees will soon be only a memory. They served well.
A Forest Departs - Tree by Tree