ROGERS PARK — Five neighborhood parks — Hartigan Beach, Howard Beach, Langdon Playlot, Pottawattomie and Willye B. White — are slated for new equipment under the Chicago Plays! program.
Parents are invited to a 10 a.m. public meeting Saturday at Field Elementary School, 7019 N. Ashland Ave., to vote on the playgrounds' new designs.
New playgrounds "means healthier families in Rogers Park," said parent Rebecca Weinberg, who organized to have Langdon and Howard Beach parks renovated. "A park is such a key to a child's physical emotional as well as their intellectual development. ... They learn by moving."
Weinberg, 41, also organized to have four other playgrounds renovated this year in the neighborhood.
Under Chicago Plays!, the Chicago Park District will rebuild or refurbish 325 playgrounds over the next five years.
Weinberg said she and other park lovers in the neighborhood have been petitioning the park district to redo playgrounds in Rogers Park.
She said Langdon Playlot's equipment was in dire need of fixing.
"It sees an incredible amount of use from the population there," she said. "That equipment there is tired."
She said she hopes for a "big turnout" on Saturday for the meeting.
Ald. Joe Moore (49th) posted the park's proposed designs to his website.
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