Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Timothy J. Mitchell, 25th Ward Alderman Daniel Solis and members of the Pilsen community today cut the ribbon on the new playground at Jefferson Playlot Park, 1640 S Jefferson Street.
“We are excited about this new playground because it offers amenities for an enjoyable visit to the park for families of this community,” Mayor Daley said. “This is a great example of how the City and the Chicago Park District respond to the needs of community residents and visitors to Chicago.”
The new playground features underground utilities to ensure proper drainage, a gazebo, benches, new park lighting and a new walking path. The park also features a toddler playground, and a playground suitable for children up to age 12. The playground complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and is accessible to children with disabilities.
The expansion of the 5,000 square foot playground was funded in part by an Open Space Land Acquisition Act Development (OSLAD) grant in the amount of $500,000, which was matched by $500,000 in funding by the Chicago Park District.
“We are happy to provide this playground to this very active community,” said Timothy J. Mitchell, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO. “More than just a colorful play area, this playground will contribute to the growth and development of those who use it.”
Jefferson Playlot Park has also served as a Kraft Kids Mobile site this summer. The Kraft Kids Mobile travels to 24 playlot sites offering programming with a focus on fun, fitness, nutrition, reading and arts activities. The Kraft Kids Mobile is made possible by a grant from the Kraft Corporation through the Parkways Foundation. The organizations supports the Chicago Park District's efforts to offer healthy lifestyle programming—nutrition, fitness, literacy and creativity in parks and playgrounds throughout Chicago.
“In these tough economic times, the Chicago Park District is truly grateful to have the generosity of the Kraft Corporation, the Chicago Park District is able to provide personnel and programming and otherwise un-staffed playlots like Jefferson Park,” said Mitchell.
Kraft Kids Mobile is at Jefferson Playlot Park each Monday and Wednesday through August 20, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
“And by investing in these types of capital improvement projects – new parks, schools, libraries, police stations and fire houses – we are building anchors in our communities and instilling community pride, which will serve generations for years to come,” said Mayor Daley.