August 24, 2010

Mayor, City Officials, Community Members, Celebrate A New Playground At Chase Park

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Mayor Richard M. Daley joined Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell, 47th Ward Gene Schulter, and members of the Uptown community to cut the ribbon on a new playground at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave.
“This new playground offers children of this community a safe haven to play and spend time with family and friends,” Mayor Daley said. We recognize the importance for all Chicago’s residents to have park space in all areas of the city that can be used for recreational purposes. By providing our neighborhoods with open spaces filled with grass, trees and flowers we are continually improving the city’s quality of life in our city”. 
The 7,481-sq.-foot playground renovation features two sets of swings as well as two distinct play areas with equipment designed specifically for preschool-aged children and another for older children. New rubberized soft surfacing offers wheelchair accessibility and safer play. Park renovations also include ornamental lighting and fencing, a drinking fountain, picnic area with game tables, new underground utilities to ensure proper drainage and all other landscape improvements.
Construction on this $500,000 playground was completed through $150,000 from the Chicago Park District’s capital budget along with $200,000 in Tax Increment Financing funds, $50,000 from the Allstate Foundation with assistance from the Chase Park advisory council and $100,000 in funding from the State.  
“We are very excited to dedicate the renovated playground here at Chase Park,” said Timothy J. Mitchell, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO. “Projects like this are essential components of the improved quality of life that parks offer. We hope this new playground will continue to be a source of enjoyment for all the families who visit the park.”
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7,700 acres of parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 natural areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit or contact the Chicago Park District at 312.742.PLAY or 312.747.2001 (TTY). Want to share your talent? Volunteer in the parks by calling 312.742.PLAY.