Harmony Square is a key component of the Village’s recently completed branding initiative that puts music at the core focus of Tinley Park’s brand. With a robust, year-round programming schedule that includes music performances, outdoor exercise classes and ice skating, the new plaza will become the heartbeat of Downtown Tinley. Through Harmony Square and downtown redevelopment, the Village of Tinley Park aims to create a sense of place and a sense of community in Tinley Park and to meet the goals of reducing leakage of locally earned money being spent in neighboring communities, increasing the investment and tax base in Tinley Park and dramatically increasing visitor spending locally.
Harmony Square will include a performance stage and a splash pad/interactive water feature with overhead shade structures. An artificial turf lawn will provide plenty of room for informal play and space to picnic while watching musical performances. The turf area transforms into an ice rink in the winter months and will be large enough for free skate or hockey games. Skate rentals will be provided, along with a warming hut and fire pits that will be located near casual seating areas for those cold winter nights.
Construction of the plaza will include infrastructure improvements and the reconstruction and beautification of North and South streets with brick pavers and the construction of a new road, Festival Street, connecting North and 173rd streets.
Harmony Square was designed by the Lakota Group, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm from Chicago, and engineered by Christopher Burke Associates and Robinson Engineering.
The Village held an official groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, March 13. Pictures of the event are below.
For larger versions of the below pictures, please see the Harmony Square Renderings file.
Harmony Square was designed using placemaking, a community-driven, collaborative, destination-focused process that pays attention to the interactions between the physical, social, ecological, economic and cultural qualities of a space. Placemaking is not focused on constructing buildings, attracting great businesses or designing a plaza, but considers all those things. From redevelopment to streetscape improvements to events and programs this project focuses on placemaking in downtown Tinley Park. An important piece of this placemaking is Harmony Square.
The Village of Tinley Park coordinated these efforts with the Lakota Group, a planning, urban design and landscape architecture firm from Chicago. Lakota is assisted by Kristi Trevarro, Executive Director of Rochester Downtown Development Authority. The placemaking process was interactive and featured multiple opportunities for the community to shape the final outcome of Harmony Square.
Community Open House
A community open house was held Dec. 6, 2017 in the Kallsen Center at Village Hall. More than 50 people attended, including residents, business owners and other stakeholders. All shared feedback on the three presented concepts for Harmony Square. All information presented at the community open house – including the planning team’s analysis of Downtown Tinley Park and the three proposed concepts – can be found below.