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Pershing Square's Palm Court Getting $190,000 Renovation

By Eric Richardson
Published: Friday, June 13, 2008, at 11:59AM
Pershing Square's Palm Court Eric Richardson [Flickr]

The Palm Court is home to the collection of statues Pershing Square has accumulated over the years.

The development of neighboring Park Fifth may eventually lead to a multi-million dollar redesign of Pershing Square, but in the interim a $190,000 renovation to the Palm Court will add amenities to a neglected part of the park. Funding for the project was approved last Thursday, and will come out of fees generated by nearby developments.

The Palm Court, located on the park's northeast corner, is an unpaved space that is home to the park's collection of statues. The renovation will add lawn, drought-resistant plantings and exercise equipment.

While an exact timeline for the work has not been set, Sue Gorney, an architect with the Department of Recreation & Parks, says that the in-house project should be fast-tracked and installed in the next six months. She says the exercise equipment to be installed is an evolution of the pull-up bars and similar equipment found in parks in the past, and is being installed in many of the department's parks.

Similar machines were installed in Sycamore Grove Park last fall and have proved popular. It remains to be seen whether Downtowners will turn out and support this new installation.

Regardless of their take on working out, Downtown residents should be excited for additional grassy space in the predominately paved park. Pathways of decomposed granite will run between green lawns and a demonstration garden featuring low-water plantings and a smart irrigation system.

And what of Beethoven and the other statues currently exiled into the unused space? They'll be staying, and part of the new design.

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