Thursday, July 5, 2012
and back on the trail with Uta...
Continuing on with our walk back to Millennium Park. The BP Pedestrian Bridge is both a connector and a viewing platform for the park.
Described as snakelike because of its curving form, it was designed to link the Historic Michigan Boulevard District and the entire Loop to the west with the Lake Michigan lakefront to the east.
It is designed without handrails, using stainless steel parapets instead. The total length is 935 feet, with a five percent slope on its inclined surfaces that makes it barrier free and accessible.
It was also designed to be a berm noise barrier blocking noise on the eight-lane Columbus Drive from the Park's outdoor band shell by deflecting traffic sounds upward.
The Pritzker Pavilion serves as the centerpiece for Millennium Park and is the home of the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Grant Park Music Festival, the nation's only remaining free outdoor classical music series.
It features a sound system with an acoustic design that replicates an indoor concert hall sound experience.
Julie and I planned to go back on the 3:45, as Julie was having dinner company, but Uta and Robin got to stay to see more of the city and experience that wonderful music.
Lunch at the Park Grill. Wonderful salads...
and, of course, a beautiful dessert that we shared. You see, Julie's "personal trainer in your pocket" said we had walked 11,438 steps.