I’m happy to report the results of Saturday’s vote on the proposed playgrounds at Loyola Park and Leone Beach Park.
Nearly 100 parents, kids and other community residents crowded into the Loyola Park Fieldhouse dance studio to hear a presentation about each proposed design and then vote on the playground designs they favored most. The Park District and I agreed to abide by the results of the plebiscite.
The winning designs are below:
Winning playground design for Loyola Park
Playground design No. 3
Playground design No. 2
Five proposed playground designs were presented for each park. To view the other proposed designs, click here.
Proposed playground design No.3 for Loyola Park was the runaway favorite, garnering 51 votes (56% of the votes cast). The results of the Loyola playground vote are as follows:
Loyola design 3: 51 votes (56%)
Loyola design 1: 16 votes (18%)
Loyola design 2: 15 votes (16%)
Loyola design 5: 6 votes (7%)
Loyola design 4: 3 votes (3%)
The initial round of voting for the Leone Beach playground design ended in a first round tie, with playground designs 2 and 3 each receiving 23 votes (26% of the votes cast). Playground design 2 won the run-off, garnering 65% of the vote. The results of the Leone playground vote are as follows:
Leone design 2: 23 votes (26%)
Leone design 3: 23 votes (26%)
Leone design 4: 19 votes (22%)
Leone design 1: 16 votes (18%)
Leone design 6: 6 votes (7%)
Leone design 2: 26 votes (65%)
Leone design 3: 14 votes (35%)
In just the last three years alone, ten playgrounds in the 49th Ward have been entirely rebuilt with modern equipment and accessibility upgrades–nine through the Chicago Plays! program and one at Touhy Park, which was funded through my Participatory Budgeting process.
Loyola Park and Leone Park playgrounds are the only remaining 49th Ward playgrounds without new equipment. The new playgrounds will be constructed after the summer camp season ends this summer. Once those playgrounds are rebuilt, the 49th Ward parks will boast 12 brand new playgrounds!
My thanks to everyone who participated in the community vote.