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Bauler Park Getting New Playground Equipment Through Park District Program

By Mina Bloom | February 19, 2016 5:23am
 Bauler Playlot Park, 501 W. Wisconsin St.
Bauler Playlot Park, 501 W. Wisconsin St.
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LINCOLN PARK — One of the neighborhood's "most-used" playgrounds will see new life thanks to the Chicago Park District.

Bauler Playlot Park, 501 W. Wisconsin St., is getting all new playground equipment through the park district's program Chicago Plays!, according to Ald. Michele Smith (43rd). 

Since the renovation project — which is expected to cost up to $150,000 — is in its early stages, the type of equipment hasn't been determined yet, Smith said.

Smith plans to meet with the park district, the Bauler Park Advisory Committee and the Lincoln Central Association in the coming weeks to do community outreach. 

The Bauler Park Advisory Committee doesn't want to stop at new playground equipment. The group wants to raise money for more improvements like replacing the wood chips and additional landscaping. 

"We're very excited about this improvement to one of our most-used playgrounds," Smith said in a prepared statement.

The park has been part of the park district since 1970 when it bought the land through the Lincoln Park Urban Renewal Project. It was originally called Ash Park.

In 1980, the park was renamed Bauler Playlot Park, an homage to the tavern owner turned outspoken political figure Mathias "Paddy" Bauler, who had a 34-year career in Chicago politics as alderman and Democratic 43rd Ward committeeman.

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