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Appendix J: Long Term Master Plan

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The development of a Master Plan for Grant Park has not been an easy task. Reaching consensus between sports advocates and preservation interests has required compromise by both parties. The compromise has resulted in the development of a Master Plan with a Long Term Master Plan included in the appendix of the report. The Master Plan allows the sports advocates to continue to use the existing facilities within the park with an understanding that these active sports elements will not be expanded. The Long Term Master Plan proposes the replacement of these facilities, thereby returning Grant Park to the natural pastoral landscape envisioned by John C. Olmsted in the 1904 Master Plan.

The majority of the elements of the Master Plan (long and short term) have been fully discussed in the Master Plan narrative in Section 3.0: The Master Plan. Additional elements, which apply to the Long Term Master Plan are noted below:

• Eliminate recreational facilities from the park including: swimming pool, recreation center, tennis courts, and basketball courts. These facilities are essential to the community and should only be removed once adequate replacement facilities within a reasonable distance are provided (Map 20: Master Plan (with Existing Recreational Facilities).
• Restore the baseball field area to its original design of a small clearing in the woodlands to be used for multipurpose recreational activity: (1) Regrade western edge of field to a gentler slope according to Olmsted’s grading plans for this area; (2) Remove the backstop and prohibit construction of structures so this field can be used for multipurpose play; and (3) Allow for a stage setup area (no permanent structures) for small concerts along the southwest edge of field.

Appendix K: Urban Design Comments and Survey Results, which follows this section, provides a summary in memorandum format of the discussions between the sports and preservation interests.

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