Project Timeline- The project can be done within 1-2 weeks when started, but should wait to be implemented until after the winter season in Chicago, as the plants will likely not survive the harsh winters that Chicago endures. Planter boxes will also have to be ordered, which must be added to the timeline. Once the boxes and warm weather arrive, the soil and plants can be added.
Project Description- This project will attempt to add a more pleasant view when students, faculty, and all people use the Peoria St. exit of the UIC-Halsted Blue Line stop. The goal is put in 10 6x2x2 ft. boxes and 8 6x2x2 benches along the sides of the walkway that lead out of the station. While the bridge is not used by cars, emergency vehicles do use the walkway during emergency events. However, the average width of an emergency vehicle is 8 ft. (1), which would leave plenty of space for the vehicles. The boxes would be filled with beautiful flowers that would add a more colorful and healthy backdrop to people as soon as they enter our beautiful campus. The benches would allow for a meeting and gathering place for people to meet before heading onto our campus or off into our beautiful city. This project could also involve city services, such as the Botanic Gardens, with the participation of elementary school students in planting the planters. This project could be a unifier, and help educated children in the care of green space. This could be a possible Earth Day project.
Preliminary Project Budget-
(2) 10 Planters-~$5,000
Landscapers and equipment*-~$4,000
*Possible to include education programs and volunteers to help with some of the project.
(1)(Emergency Vehicle Access) http://fama.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/1441593313_55ecf7e17d32d.pdf
(2) Planter and Bench supplier) http://ornamentalstone.com/planters.htm