The Plan for a Park

Noted landscape architect Jens Jensen had a significant role in the development of Glencoe’s park system in general and in the development of Ravine Bluffs in particular.

Ravine Bluffs founder Sherman Booth was a friend and colleague of Jensen in the conservation group, Friends of the Native Landscape.¬† Booth commissioned Jensen to design landscaping for the Ravine Bluffs development in 1914.¬† As one of the founders of the Glencoe Park District, Booth was also instrumental in persuading Jensen to work on designs for many of Glencoe’s early parks.

The proposal pictured here, developed by Nick Patera of Teska Associates, would redesign the space immediately east of the rebuilt Wright-designed train station into a park that reflects Jensen’s philosophy¬† and commitment to nature.