$10M visitors center for Jackson Park

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor

In a meeting called Monday by Ald. Hairston (5th), community members heard a proposal to build a multimillion-dollar visitors center in Jackson Park.

Details were presented by project designer Kulapat Yatrasast, of Culver City, Calif.-based wHY Architecture, and Robert W. Karr Jr., a board member of The Garden of the Phoenix Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization behind the recent planting of more than 120 cherry trees in Jackson Park.

The proposed building – part of an initiative entitled “Project 120″ -  would be located on the east side of Clarence Darrow Bridge, at the current site of a parking lot. It could house an information center, bathrooms, cafe and performance stage facing the outdoors, according to Yastrasast.

“That would be the location that is the hub, that could connect to the Midway, all the way to the Lake,” Yastrasast said.

Yatrasast described the building’s design as resembling a phoenix rising from the ashes.
“One of the things that we’re doing right now is actually analyzing the cost,” said Karr, adding that the “project is in excess of $10 million.” He said there is no specific timetable for it yet.

No renderings of the proposed building are yet available online. For more information, visit gardenofthephoenix.org.