The Chicago-based has announced a five-year revitalization plan for .
The $25 million Project New Leaf initiative will include landscape changes; the planting of new gardens and enhancements to existing ones; construction of an orientation pavilion; and upgrades to the parking lots. The park's First Division Museum also is undergoing a $7 million renovation effort and will reopen with new military exhibits in August to coincide with the centennial of the First Infantry Division.
The project includes structural improvements to and new exhibits for McCormick House, which was built by Joseph Medill, a co-owner of the Chicago Tribune and former mayor of Chicago, and bequeathed by his grandson, Tribune publisher Robert R. McCormick, to the state of Illinois. The project represents the first major redesign of the park — which is named after World War I's Battle of Cantigny, in which then Col. McCormick fought — since it opened in 1958.
"Our purpose is clear and simple: to make this special place even better for current visitors, their children, and their grandchildren," said David Hiller, president and CEO of the McCormick Foundation. "This project is transformational and a long-term investment in the community."