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Mount Greenwood Park Play Environment
Music Provides Therapeutic Recreation for Children and Adults

Landscape Architecture by Hitchcock Design Group



The custom designed and fabricated sound sculptures add a unique aspect to Mount Greenwood Park. Sculptor James Brenner and acoustical designer Jake Worley-Hood worked through the Chicago Public Art Group to create the sound sculptures which include a 15-foot tall interactive spiral bell with chimes, a 14-foot tall cymbal, two steel drums, two xylophones, and a rainmaker, which invite users to play them.

Located beside a Chicago Park District Fieldhouse, and adjacent to Chicago Agriculture Science High School, Mount Greenwood Park is home to a therapeutic recreational program for children and adults of all abilities. The park's play environment was designed to engage visitors with play components that focus on the development of sensory, motor, and social skills.

The environment also integrates public art and interactive sculptures. Inspired by musical notes, the main walkway spirals out of the ground, culminating with a custom, 15-foot, interactive coiled chime tower. The mound provides a variety of unique play experiences, including a hill slide, climbing net, and climbing mounds.

Local artists from the Chicago Public Art Group worked closely with community residents to design colorful tile mosaic obelisks. The space's most distinguishing features include various interactive musical pieces created by a sculptor and acoustical designer.

Hitchcock Design Group won a Merit Award from the Illinois Chapter ASLA for the 1.5-acre project in 2009.

As seen in LASN magazine, September 2017.

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