The parks slated for new playgrounds includeGoldberg Park, 7043 N. Glenwood (at Greenleaf), Lazarus Park, 1257 W. Columbia,Matanky Park, 6925 N. Ridge (at Morse) andPaschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt (at Damen). Construction of the new playgrounds is scheduled to begin in spring 2014.
Community residents will have an opportunity to help choose the designs for the new playgrounds at community meetings which I will host later this summer.
The playgrounds were selected through a community application process administered by Friends of the Parks, a park advocacy organization, dedicated to preserving, protecting, and improving Chicago’s parks. I announced the initiative last March and urged neighbors to submit their favorite playground for consideration. In true Rogers Park fashion, the neighbors were enthusiastic and well-organized. As a result, every 49th Ward playground submitted for consideration was selected.
Hopefully, by this time next year, Rogers Park children and their families will enjoy five brand new and safe playgrounds!