Artificial Nature Park


Palmisano Park was once a limestone quarry. After its depletion, the 300’ deep hole in the ground was filled with debris from re-constructed expressways in the Chicago Metropolitan Area.

The quarry and its subsequent landfill has been developed into a nature park with its crowning glory being a 20’ hill nicknamed Mount Bridgeport after the neighborhood in which it resides. Most of the hill has been planted with native prairie grasses and forbs. The rest of the land has been sculpted to include a ridge and a wetland which flows down into an idyllic pond surrounded by the canyons of the remnant quarry.

The new topography is exciting as it lies amidst the flat, grid system of Chicago. Never mind that it is a capped landfill beneath.

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