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Goldberg Park Renovation Designs Head for Public Vote

By Benjamin Woodard | September 24, 2013 7:07am
 Ald. Joe Moore said he'd poll the community to decide between designs from three different firms.
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ROGERS PARK — Swings, monkey bars or climbing wall?

You can decide the future look of Goldberg Park, at 7043 N. Glenwood Ave., at a public meeting on Monday where attendees will vote for one of three designs for the park, Ald. Joe Moore (49th) said in an email to constituents.

Three other well-worn parks in the neighborhood are getting a makeover as part of the city's Chicago Plays! program, but Goldberg would be the first to be rehabbed, with crews expected to break ground this year.

Voters will choose from three different mockups — submitted by three different design firms — at the 7 p.m. meeting at Trilogy Inc., 1400 W. Greenleaf Ave., Moore said.

Chicago Plays!, a program administered by Friends of the Parks, aims to renovate 50 of the city's 523 playgrounds this year.

The other neighborhood parks getting a face-lift include Lazarus Park, at 1257 W. Columbia Ave., Matanky Park, at 6925 N. Ridge Ave., and Paschen Park, at 1932 W. Lunt Ave.

Click here for a map of the playgrounds selected for renovation.

In order to qualify for the program, a park needed 50 signatures from area residents who would benefit from a new playground and a letter of support from the local alderman.

In addition, Touhy Park playground will get a complete overhaul beginning this fall at a price tag of $450,000, funded by Moore's participatory budgeting.