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Post-Lollapalooza Grant Park restoration work complete

Updated: September 12, 2012 10:22AM

A little more than one month after the 2012 Lollapalooza music festival packed up and left town, work to restore -- and according to the Chicago Park District, improve -- Grant Park is complete. The $350,000 cost was covered by C3 Presents, the festival’s promoter.

Final phases of work were performed at Lower Hutchinson Field, where extensive seeding was done in areas with minimal damage, while areas with more extensive damage required soil regrading and sodding, according to the Chicago Park District.

Although visitors will notice the initial difference in treatments, seeded and sodded areas will maturate and appear more uniform in coming weeks, according to a release from the park district

The mixed approach to landscape restoration is traditional and consistent with similar park district projects with the exception of the 2011 post-Lollapalooza clean-up, when landscape loss was so great the entire area required sod.

“We are thrilled to have completed the work to restore Grant Park as expected and that Mother Nature continues to cooperate,” Park District General Superintendent Mike Kelly said in a statement.

Landscape improvements began at the park’s north end at Butler Field. Soil replacement, seeding and aerating were completed within two days and after three weeks resulted in a lush, new lawn.

The installation of new sod and irrigation in Upper Hutchinson Field aided the turf grass in growing as quickly as possible, the park district said. Grading of surfaces and minor shrub replacement were also coordinated in several areas.

The work was overseen by the park district and completed by several Chicago-based landscaping firms.

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