|This fall we’re putting the finishing touches on the first phase of Project New Leaf, our five-year revitalization plan for Cantigny Park.
It’s been a year of steady progress. Even with construction during most of 2018, Park attendance is up 12%. We certainly benefited from the renovated First Division Museum being open all year, and from the return of several events we were not able to have in 2017 due to construction, including the evening symphony concerts and the LEGO Train Show. (Good news: the LEGO Show returns next month, December 8-9).
Additional improvements around the park also contributed to higher visitation. Word is getting out that Project New Leaf is delivering on its promise!
What’s new at Cantigny? Here’s a partial list:
• Remodeled Visitors Center, including an expanded information kiosk, Bertie’s Bistro and a covered entrance for Le Jardin, our reception and banquet hall
• Redesigned and replanted display gardens and Gold Pond area
• Red Oaks Farm playground and adjacent picnic pavilion
• 350 new parking spaces in the south lot
• Lighted walkways connecting our main attractions and easy-to-navigate path surfaces
• Oak Colonnade stretching north-south from the Visitors Center to the First Division Museum
• Expanded gathering plaza around the Lion of Cantigny statue, with seating
• Centrally located pavilion with restrooms and visitor information. This building, located just south of the Visitors Center on the Oak Colonnade, will be ready when the park reopens in February for the 2019 season.
More enhancements are on the way as Project New Leaf continues. My next update will outline plans for phase two. In the meantime, please follow our progress online at Cantigny.org, and sign up to receive NEW LEAF, our e-newsletter.
Thanks for your patience and support as we make Cantigny the best it can be. As always, we welcome your comments at firstname.lastname@example.org.