Stearns Quarry Park

  • The limestone quarry was actively used from 1833 to 1969.
  • The project site plan includes wetlands and recreational facilities. (credit D.I.R.T. Studio)
  • Pedestrian pathways in completed park.(credit Site Design Group, Ltd)

Case Study

Stearns Quarry Park | Chicago, IL

Year

2005-2009

Partners

Chicago Park District
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
D.I.R.T. Studio

Design Content

D.I.R.T. Studio
Site Design Group, Ltd.

References

Chicago Gazette
Chicago Park District
D.I.R.T. Studio
Site Design Group, Ltd.

Located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago, the site was a limestone quarry from the 1833 to 1969. After quarry operations ceased, the area served as a landfill for construction debris.
The City decided to pursue project options which would fill the hole in the neighborhood and add needed public green space. The resulting 27-acre park includes an athletic field, wetlands, a meadow, and walking paths. Historic quarry walls were maintained in the design and recycled materials were used in the construction materials. Native flora – such as prairie grasses, poppies, and black-eyed susans – were used in the on site plantings. The park design includes using natural elements to manage stormwater including a wetland which drains rainwater into a park pond.