Help Us to Restore the Children's Pavilion and Make Highland Park Whole Again
The Highland Park Conservancy is leading efforts to raise the necessary funding to reconstruct the Park's Overlook by rebuilding the Children's Pavilion to its original form, scale and style, but with an adapted design to provide for universal access to meet modern code requirements.
The Children's Pavilion was a key element of Frederick Law Olmsted's design for Highland Park, intended to function as the signature feature of the Park. Olmsted wanted a viewing structure at the highest point in the Park so that visitors could enjoy a panoramic view of the Park and the surrounding city and countryside. In addition, Park Commissioner George W. Elliott and Olmsted had lost children to disease, and they proposed that the Pavilion would serve as a shelter for sick children who were visiting the Park. Olmsted firmly believed in the benefits of fresh air for all, especially children, and the Pavilion would create a park feature that provided enjoyment of the scenery and a gathering place that would benefit children's health.
The Children's Pavilion crowned Highland Park for 73 years, serving as a landmark for visitors.
Please help us rebuild the Children's Pavilion in time to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Frederick Law Olmsted's birth in 2022.