I am pleased to report that Willye White Park, located on Howard Street at Ashland, is one of 50 Chicago parks slated to receive a new soccer court, also known as a “mini pitch.” The soccer court will be the latest addition to the three-acre park, which is also home to the Park District’s newest fieldhouse.
The soccer court is scheduled to be constructed this spring immediately north of the fieldhouse on the site currently occupied by an outdoor basketball court. The basketball standards will remain and the surface can easily double as a basketball court.
The soccer courts are made possible by a $3 million gift from the Kenneth C. Griffin Charitable Fund and a substantial contribution from the Hauptman family and the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. The donations are part of a national campaign–“It’s Everyone’s Game”–led by the U.S. Soccer Foundation to dramatically expand soccer-based programs across the nation.
The new soccer pitch in Willye White Park will give young people in Rogers Park a state-of-the-art place to play and learn one of the world’s most exciting and popular games. It provides a great opportunity for our youth to stay active, and gain teamwork and leadership skills that will serve them on and off the field throughout their lives.
I look forward to seeing some great matches on our new soccer court!