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Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Governor Pat Quinn, Secretary of State Jesse White, Alderman Walter Burnett and community members today cut the ribbon on the new community center and field house on the city’s near north side.
“I couldn’t be prouder to cut the ribbon on a community center with Jesse White. There aren’t many people who have worked longer and harder to build stronger communities and a stronger sense of community for the City of Chicago than him,” said Mayor Emanuel. “This new facility is a prime example of the investments we’re making in neighborhoods across the City that strengthen our communities and provide safe places for neighbors to come together.”
The community center and field house was built through a partnership between the City of Chicago, the Jesse White Foundation and the Chicago Park District. The 28,934 square foot, two-story field house, which sits on a 1.30 acre site, contains a gymnasium, fitness room, gymnastics room, computer/learning center, meeting rooms, staff office space and restrooms with shower facilities. Site improvements to the park perimeter include landscaping, pathways, paving, parking area, bike racks, benches and lighting. The facility will be maintained and operated by the Park District.
“I have long envisioned a facility like the Jesse White Community Center and Field House to serve the community,” said Secretary White. “I’m proud to say that this vision is now a reality that will help improve the lives of all community members, including seniors and young people. The resources available here are absolutely outstanding. This is a wonderful partnership between the city of Chicago, the Chicago Park District and the Jesse White Foundation. The public will be well-served for many years by the educational and physical fitness programs offered at this facility.”
The project was funded by a combination of funding sources, including the City of Chicago, the Jesse White Foundation and the Chicago Park District.
A full complement of programs, including tumbling and gymnastics, will begin in mid-October.
The facility will also be the home of the Jesse White Tumblers. Jesse White created the Jesse White Tumblers in 1959 to provide a positive alternative for inner-city kids. More than 15,000 young men and women have benefited from the program. Team members must stay away from gangs, drugs, alcohol, stay in school and maintain a minimum “C” average.
For more information, visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com or call 312.742.PLAY, 312.747.2001 (TTY).
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 8,100 acres of parkland, more than 580 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, nine museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons, nearly 50 nature areas, thousands of special events, sports and entertaining programs, please visit www.chicagoparkdistrict.com 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.