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City Wants Feedback on Jacob, North Mayfair Playlot Designs

By Patty Wetli | June 20, 2013 11:08am
 Residents are being asked to weigh in on options for new playgrounds at Jacob and North Mayfair playlots.
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RAVENSWOOD MANOR — The Chicago Park District is moving full-speed ahead with its Chicago Plays playground renovation program, presenting chosen parks with a pair of designs for their new equipment, with the goal of collecting feedback within a week.

In applying for and accepting Chicago Plays funds, parks agreed to a limited number of standard equipment options.

Jacob Playlot, 4674 N. Virginia Ave., shared its designs on the Friends of Jacob Park Facebook page, where it's gathering comments and opinions.

Features depicted in renderings of the proposed playground include climbing structures, slides and swings appropriate for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 — but no pirate ship.

The Gompers Park Advisory Council, working on behalf of the North Mayfair Playlot, 4533 W. Carmen Ave., unveiled options for the playlot via email. The designs differ largely in their inclusion of smaller amenities: One offers a "clubhouse" for 2 to 5 year-olds, the other has a "creative art center" for the little ones.

Neighbors don't have much time to labor over their decision. The advisory council is asking folks to cast their vote by 5 p.m. Saturday.

Residents are asked to send their preference, and an explanation of their choice, to gpac@northmayfair.org. The council also wants names and addresses included in emails.

As part of Chicago Plays, 35 playgrounds were chosen for renovations in 2013. The program aims to upgrade 300 aging playgrounds in the next five years.