Wendt Playlot and Arthur Telscer Park playgrounds are two of hundreds
that will be completely rehabilitated as part of renovation program
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael P. Kelly, Alderman Tom Tunney and members of the Lakeview community today gathered to celebrate the openings of two new playgrounds at Wendt Playlot and Arthur Telscer Park.
The playgrounds are among the first 50 of 300 aging playgrounds that will be completely rehabilitated as part of the Chicago Plays! playground renovation program. Last March, Mayor Emanuel announced that over the next five years, the Chicago Park District will rebuild, repair and/or refurbish 300 playgrounds in communities across Chicago.
“Revitalizing Chicago’s parks and playgrounds helps to ensure that all of our children – no matter their neighborhood – can have a safe, fun place to play,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Investing in our parks and playgrounds will enrich the lives of our residents and communities.”
In order to prioritize equipment replacement, the Chicago Park District worked with the Friends of the Park organization to seek community input and determine those playgrounds in greatest need of repair.
“I am so proud that three of our parks in the 44th Ward were selected to receive this brand new equipment: Kenmore Playlot, Wendt Playlot and Telscer Park,” said Alderman Tom Tunney, 44th Ward. “It is imperative to have investments in our parks and greenspaces to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle for our children. The new equipment looks great and will be enjoyed by the Lakeview community for years to come.”
“Many wonderful childhood experiences involve outdoor play and often those memories are cultivated in a neighborhood playground,” said Chicago Park District General Superintendent Michael P. Kelly. “We hope the children of this community will enjoy this playground for years to come.”
The Chicago Plays! program invests approximately $100,000 in new playground equipment at each park location for a total program cost of $30,000,000, allowing the Chicago Park District to provide a broader investment in capital projects throughout the City. The first 50 playgrounds to be upgraded are scheduled for completion by the end of this fall.
Today’s two playground grand openings highlight the major announcements the Mayor has previously made regarding Chicago 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.
Photo Caption : Mayor Emanuel joins Lakeview community members to celebrate the opening of a new playground at Arthur Telscer Park.
Photo Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago