Building on the success of the Main Branch Chicago Riverwalk, the Chicago Department of Transportation asked the design team to study the opportunities and challenges of extending a continuous river-level path from Lake Street to Ping Tom Memorial Park; approximately ~2 miles. Key differences, such as land ownership and physical conditions, make this ambitious project an effort of both visioning and coordination.
The design approach for the South Branch Riverwalk Implementation Plan considers four environmental systems: river edge developments, vertical access, underbridge conditions, and programmatic distribution. A cohesive palette of recommended elements was established for each of the first two systems, and a unifying single design concept was proposed for underbridge connections at all bridge locations.
The South Branch Riverwalk Implementation Plan illustrates the compelling opportunity an extension of the Main Branch Riverwalk provides while creating a roadmap for coordination between the public and private sectors. When deployed, the project will forever enhance the urban landscape and civic assets of Chicago.