An expansive new public park is opening in the heart of Chicago this weekend, putting the final touches on a renewed neighborhood in the West Loop adjacent to Greek Town. Designed by Site Design Group, Adams-Sangamon Park provides neighboring condo dwellers and office workers with a place to cool off, thanks to its central misting gate installation. The little ones have a place to play too, as a children’s park and dog park bookend the green space. Two berms take up the other corners of the park, which are home to a lush collection of native grasses. The paving system even absorbs pollution and rain runoff.
The lintels used for seating are salvaged from the infirmary that the park replaced. The pavers absorb the park’s rainwater runoff from the grassy areas. Perhaps most interestingly is how the paving system can absorb pollutants from the air and fix them through a process using photocatalytic cement. The cement acts as a catalyst for oxidization of the pollutants. The pavers even stay cleaner than other products, thus reducing maintenance costs.