The Mayor’s visit came in advance of tonight’s community meeting where residents will gather to vote on one of three designs for a new playground at Goldberg Park, located at the northeast corner of Greenleaf and Glenwood. As I wrote in an email last week, the meeting will be held TONIGHT (Monday, September 30th), 7:00 p.m., at Trilogy, Inc., 1400 W. Greenleaf (northwest corner of Greenleaf and Glenwood), 4th floor.
The Mayor visited Touhy Park to inspect the new playground construction and highlight the investments being made in parks throughout Rogers Park. Keira Kenealy, daughter of Touhy Park Advisory Council member Kate Englund-Kenealy, took a break from playing on the swings to show Mayor Emanuel the plans for the new playground (see photo on right).
The new playground at Touhy is one of the projects approved by the voters in myParticipatory Budgeting process, where community residents vote on how to spend $1,000,000 of my discretionary annual capital improvement fund. (The process to decide how to spend next year’s discretionary fund begins with the first“PB49” Neighborhood Assembly tomorrow night, Tuesday, October 1st, 7 p.m., at Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth.)
Approximately $450,000 dollars will be invested in the new playground, of which $300,000 came from my discretionary fund and $150,000 from the Park District. The playground will include a new playground, pathway improvements, lighting, and landscaping.
In addition, the project scope includes an improved pathway connection between the two play areas with picnic table seating; new bench; a seating wall; new drinking fountain; and landscape improvements including new trees and turf. The site plan is below:
Construction of the new Touhy playground is scheduled to be completed by the end of October.
This new playground is a shining example of what we can accomplish when we work together. Mayor Emanuel, the Park District, the Touhy Park Advisory Council and ultimately the entire 49th Ward community, through my participatory budgeting process, worked hand in hand to make this new playground a reality.
The new playground at Goldberg Park (right) is the second of five new playgrounds that will be constructed in the 49th Ward. At tonight’s meeting, residents will be asked to vote for one of three playground designssubmitted by three different architectural firms.
If none of the designs receives a majority of the votes, a second round of voting will be conducted between the two designs winning the most votes. The Park District has agreed to construct the playground design that wins a majority of the votes of those attending the meeting.
To view the three design renderings, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of the page.
You may also view pdfs of the renderings by clicking on the link below:
The other 49th Ward parks slated for new playgrounds are Lazarus Park, 1257 W. Columbia, Matanky Park, 6925 N. Ridge (at Morse) and Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt (at Damen). Construction of the new playgrounds was scheduled to begin in spring 2014, but construction of Goldberg’s new playground may begin as soon as this year.
By the time school lets out for the summer next year, the 49th Ward will boast five brand new playgrounds!
I look forward to your input tonight on the Goldberg Park playground.