I’m happy to report the results of Saturday’s vote on the proposed playgrounds at five 49th Ward parks, including Hartigan Beach Park, Howard Beach Park, Langdon Park, Pottawattomie Park and Willye White Park. Parents, kids and other community residents were asked to vote for their favorite playground designs for each park.
To view the winning designs, CLICK HERE or scroll to the bottom of this email. Each winning proposal received the overwhelming percentage of the vote.
The vote was held Saturday morning at Field School (see photo on right). Prior to Saturday’s vote, children in the after-school programs at Pottawattomie Park and Willye White Park voted on the proposed playground designs for their respective parks. And the residents of Alden Village North, a home for developmentally disabled children, voted on the proposed playground designs for Howard Beach Park, the park closest to their facility.
The Chicago Park District and I agreed to abide by the results of the plebiscite.
Prior to the vote, the playground design renderings for each park were posted on my official Facebook page,http://www.facebook.com/joemoore49. To view the proposed designs for each park, click on the name of the park below:
Hartigan Beach Park, Albion and the Lake
Howard Beach Park, 7519 N. Eastlake (at Howard and the Lake)
Langdon Park, 1754 W. Albion (at Ravenswood)
Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers (at Winchester)
Willye White Park, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland)
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 in March of 2013 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.
The parks selected in the first round included Goldberg Park, 7043 N. Glenwood (at Greenleaf),Lazarus Park, 1257 W. Columbia, Matanky Park, 6925 N. Ridge (at Morse) and Paschen Park, 1932 W. Lunt (at Damen). Construction of those new playgrounds was completed last summer.
Once construction of this second round of new playgrounds is completed next summer, nearly every old playground in Rogers Park will have been replaced in the last two years. All in all, our kids will have 10 brand new playgrounds to enjoy!
Hartigan Beach Park–Design Option 1
Howard Beach Park–Design Option 4
Langdon Park–Design Option 3
Pottawattomie Park–Design Option 3
Willye White–Design Option 3