CHICAGO — Ten area playgrounds are slated to be rehabbed or rebuilt this year under a city initiative launched last year to replace or build 325 playgrounds over the next five years.
The city announced Thursday that 103 playgrounds would be built or refurbished this year, including 10 in the Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Hermosa and Avondale neighborhoods.
Those parks are:
Central Park, 721 N. Central Park Ave.
Flower (Lucy) Park, 2550 W. Moffat St.
Grand Park, 3531 W. Grand Ave.
Humboldt (Baron Von) Park, 1300 N. California Ave.
Kells (George) Park, 3201 W. Chicago Ave.
Kelvyn (William) Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave.
Ken-Well Park, 2945 N. Kenosha Ave.
Monticello Park, 1814 N. Monticello Ave.
Park-View Park, 3823 W. School St.
Simons (Almira) Park, 1640 N. Drake Ave.
"Mayor Emanuel's Chicago Plays! program was developed to insure that families across the city can access colorful and inviting playgrounds," Michael Kelly, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO said in a statement. "We are pleased to be able to renovate more playgrounds and impact more communities than expected this year."
"I'm excited because it's long overdue," Vega said. "The playground gets a lot of use and anything that's going to give back to the kids and the residents and make it a better experience, I'm always excited about it."