Chicago Park District Celebrates Opening of New Playgrounds in Avondale and Montclare
New playgrounds completed as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program
Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael P. Kelly joined community members today to celebrate the completion of refurbished playgrounds at Elston Park in the Avondale neighborhood and Bell Park in the Montclare neighborhood. Both playgrounds were completed as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! program.
“On any given day, playgrounds at Elston and Bell parks are filled with children and families enjoying outdoor activity,” said Superintendent Kelly. “Investing in these facilities is an investment in our children, our families and our communities.”
The renovated playgrounds at Elston and Bell Parks feature slides, swings and climbing equipment. The Chicago Plays! playground renovation program was launched in the spring of 2013 by Mayor Emanuel, who announced that over the next five years, the Chicago Park District will rebuild, repair and/or refurbish 300 playgrounds in communities across Chicago. This year, the Mayor announced that 77 playgrounds will be completed as part of the program. More than half of these 77 have already been completed; to date this year, 48 playgrounds have been completed and opened. In 2014, 103 playgrounds were refurbished, and in 2013, 61 playgrounds were rehabilitated through the program.
Mayor Emanuel's Chicago Plays! program invests over $125,000 in new playgrounds equipment at each park location for an estimate program cost of $37,500,000, allowing to provide a broader investment in capital projects throughout the city.
Today’s celebration underscores Mayor Emanuel’s commitment to investing in city parks, including a comprehensive plan to build and improve parks throughout the city so that every Chicagoan in within a ten minute walk of a park. Last weekend, Mayor Emanuel and Alderman Michelle Harris cut the ribbon on two playgrounds in the Avalon community.
For more information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312.742.PLAY, 312.747.2001 (TTY).
The Chicago Park District is the 2014 Gold Medal Award winner, recognized for excellence in park and recreation management across the nation. For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,300 acres of parkland, 585 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 12 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or contact the Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling, 312/742.PLAY