Chicago Park District and Coca-Cola Announce New Support for Parks Projects and Programs in 2016


New Coca-Cola Funds Will Help Strengthen Communities by Refurbishing Parks and Supporting Programs for Chicago Residents

The Chicago Park District today announced that The Coca-Cola Company and Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution, LLC (GLCCD) have committed to investing $325,000 in funding capital projects and programming at parks throughout the city in 2016. These latest investments are part of an ongoing partnership between Coca-Cola and the Chicago Park District.

“From improvements to the Lakefront trail, fitness centers and tennis courts, to the support of important community programs, Coca-Cola has made a significant commitment to strengthening our communities through the Chicago Park District,” said Parks Superintendent Michael P. Kelly.

“These investments are a natural extension of our strong partnership with the Chicago Park District and will continue to have a positive impact on improving the quality of life for thousands of Chicago residents throughout the Chicago Park District,” said Andrew Reyes, General Manager, Chicago Business Unit, Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution. “We are happy to support these valuable resources and programs to enhance the community.”

With a commitment to strengthening the communities of Chicago, The Coca-Cola Company and Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution will provide $250,000 to support capital projects that support the Chicago Park District. 

  • Approximately $70,000 of these funds will be used to renovate centers at Hiawatha, Taylor, and Rainbow Beach parks. 
  • Approximately $120,000 in funding will support repairs to heavily used tennis courts at Mandrake Park in the Oakland community and Nichols Park in the Hyde Park community. These projects will include resurfacing, sealing and color, and fence repairs.
  • Another $60,000 in funding will allow for additional outdoor spaces for visitors of Sauganash Park on the far north side and Calumet Parks on the southeast side. 

With $75,000 in funding, The Coca-Cola Company will continue its support of other various park programs that bring people together and strengthen the community for families across the city, including the Fit Box program, Summer Fitness Fests and the Citywide Championship for the Summer Basketball League.


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