CHICAGO (CBS) — The Obama Foundation is teaming up with the Chicago Botanic Garden to get some design advice for the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park.
The Botanic Garden, located in Glencoe, will offer expertise in designing and operating a fruit and vegetable garden.READ MORE: COVID-19 In Illinois: Average Infection Rate Falls To Lowest Point Since Late March; Vaccinations Still Lagging From April Peak
They are also finding ways to reuse water – repurposing existing trees and supporting migratory birds.
Preliminary work on the center is under way in Jackson Park, with groundbreaking planned for September.READ MORE: Illinois Launches 'Time For Me To Drive' Tourism Campaign As State Prepares To Fully Reopen Next Month
Obama Foundation chairman Marty Nesbitt said former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama will attend the groundbreaking, and “will spend time here at the center.”
The center will include a 235-foot stone tower housing the site’s museum; a Chicago Public Library branch; a multipurpose space on top of the museum, a program, activity, and athletic center for community programs and events; a Great Lawn for social gatherings, barbecues, a nature center; and new walking and biking trails; a children’s play area; and a fruit and vegetable garden and teaching kitchen.MORE NEWS: Chicago Bears Single-Game Tickets Go On Sale Wednesday Night
The center will not include a formal presidential library operated by the National Archives and Records Administration. Rather, Obama’s collection of presidential documents and artifacts will be stored in existing NARA facilities, and non-classified documents will be available online.