Forest Park
Lake Forest, IL Complete: 2014
AWARDS
  • Boston Society of Landscape Architecture
  • Merit Award for Design, 2016
  • Lake Forest Preservation Foundation
  • Historic Preservation Award Winner, 2016
COLLABORATORS
  • Robert Grese, Cultural Landscape Architect
  • P. Clifford Miller, Local Landscape Architect
  • Wayne Schennum, Ecologist
  • Pine and Swallow Environmental, Soil Scientists
  • Galen Gates, Horticulture Consultant
PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Scott Shigley

Forest Park was set aside as a public park in the original Plan of Lake Forest by Almerin Hotchkiss in 1857, but later developed by Ossian Cole Simonds in 1896. Simonds was a founder of the American Society of Landscape Architects, and a member of the Prairie School of Landscape Architecture, who promoted the study of natural systems and the use of native plants. Beginning in 2008 Stephen Stimson Associates began developing a framework and restoration plan for this important public park along Lake Michigan. The original design was at the heart of the restoration, being sure to both protect and reestablish ravines, oak woodlands and the important coastal bluff. The plan restores the degraded natural areas and introduces new sustainable technologies throughout the site.