Maggie Daley Park’s skating ribbon opened Saturday

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After two years of construction, the big day finally came.

Named after Chicago's former first lady who passed away in 2011, Maggie Daley Park opened Saturday morning.

One of the most unique and highly anticipated features was the quarter mile winding ice ribbon loop.

Also open to the public Saturday was a three acre children's play garden and walking paths.

Some features in the park still have some construction time left.

The park will also feature large climbing structures, and a children's "enchanted forest," set to open in the spring.

In the next few years, a field house and restaurant will be added to the area.

The whole project in Grant Park will cost the city roughly $60 million to build.

However, about half that money is coming from a parking garage lease, the rest from private donors and park capital funds.

Some people are complaining that dogs won't be allowed in the park, while others are upset that nearly 900 mature trees were removed.

Though it's supposed to be quite warm this weekend - in the 50s - park officials say they will be monitoring the ice ribbon area and its refrigeration system.

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2 comments

  • Bill Bernahl

    ALLOW DOGS BACK IN MAGGIE DALEY PARK! For more than three decades families have been able to walk in the park with their dogs. As the creators of our parks said, they should be “Forever Open, Clear and Free.” Free to kids, skaters, segways, bikes, wheelchairs, rock climbers, apparently, and people walking their dogs! Go to SupportChicagoDogs.com to learn more, take action, and support Chicago dogs!

  • Jim Griffin

    Keep dogs out of Maggie Daley Park. There are several parks nearby to walk dogs. Also, there are some “Dog Parks” in the area dedicated for dogs only. We need an area where kids can play and not worry about stepping in dog poop. Most dog owners are responsible people, but there are some that are not.