New Playground Opens at Merryman Playlot Park
Chicago Park District and City of Chicago officials were joined by families in the Lakeview community today to celebrate the opening of the new playground at Merryman Playlot Park, 3736 N. Marshfield Ave.
Merryman Park is a .15 acre park that contained a playground with outdated equipment and surfacing. Approximately $380,000 was invested into the park to include a new playground, rubberized soft surfacing, pathway improvements, lighting, site furnishings and landscaping. The new state-of-the-art playground meets or exceeds ADA accessibility guidelines, including providing ramps to play structures where possible.
Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly said, “Parks and playgrounds create safe places for communities to gather and be active. We continue to offer facilities that are responsive to the needs of our neighborhoods.”
The new playground is part of Building a New Chicago, a comprehensive $7.3 billion infrastructure renewal program put forward by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
The Chicago Park District’s current five-year capital improvement plan identifies more than 800 projects located in all of the city’s wards. Program highlights include the construction of 20 new playgrounds that will impact 100,000 children between the ages of 2-14 years.