Mayor Emanuel Proposes Support for Recreation Facility Proposed for Humboldt Park

Mayor Emanuel today proposed $325,000 in Tax Increment Financing assistance to support the construction of an automated batting cage facility near Division Street and Kedzie Avenue in Humboldt Park.
The popularity of baseball programming continues to soar with more than 1,000 youth enrollments in community leagues in Humboldt Park last year. The Chicago Park District project would include mechanical pitching machines for five hitting stations. As the district’s third the outdoor batting cage facility, the $656,000 facility would be available for use by both baseball/softball leagues and the general public. Pitching speeds would range from 40 to 70 mph to allow for use by a variety of ability levels.
The facility will be inscribed to honor the memory of Nancy Franco-Maldonado, who passed away in December 2015 following a battle with cancer.
“This facility will be a community asset that reflects the commitment my wife had for Humboldt Park and her love of Chicago,” said Alderman Roberto Maldonado. “This neighborhood recreational facility is the perfect tribute to Nancy, who was a dedicated volunteer committed to improving the lives of kids and families in our community.”

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