- 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)
Stearns Quarry Park | Chicago, IL
Chicago Park District
Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
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.