Harmony SquareTinley Park, IL
Tinley Park engaged the Lakota Group in a unique downtown placemaking project branded as Harmony Square. Adjacent to their Metra station, this 1.6 acre site has been re-envisioned as an urban multi-use plaza, featuring four season use and flexible open spaces to accommodate a variety of events and programs. The proposed design features a large oval artificial turf event lawn, flanked by ample adaptive plaza space, and anchored by a stage on one end and a focal “gateway” plaza on the other. They gateway plaza is adorned with a custom pergola structure with colored shade sails and features a central sculptural element with a splash pad backdrop. The large lawn accommodates a winter ice rink and the modest support building on site transforms into a skate rental and warming hut. Seasonal fire pits, seating, and a Christmas tree are brought out to enhance the winter experience. Year round, the site is decorated with catenary lighting, lush landscape planter beds with built in seat walls, and additional movable tables and chairs.