Mayor Richard M. Daley, Chicago Park District General Superintendent Tim Mitchell, 36th Ward Alderman John Rice, and members of the Montclair community cut the ribbon today on a new playground at Rutherford Sayre Park, 6871 W. Belden 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. “It is a great example of the City and the Chicago Park District responding to the needs of community residents and visitors to Chicago.”
The new playground features two distinct play areas featuring equipment designed specifically for preschool-aged children and another for older children as well as interactive, water spray features. New rubberized soft surfacing offers wheelchair accessibility and safer play. The donor brick paver area with benches and a Gazebo accommodates passive recreation. Park renovations also include ornamental lighting and fencing, a drinking fountain, picnic tables, a walking path and landscape improvements.
The $600,000 project was completed with the help of a donation of $50,000 from the Allstate Foundation, $100,000 in menu money from former 36th Ward Alderman William Banks, $10,000 from Kohl’s, $140,000 from the Chicago Park District and $300,000 in TIF funds.
“What makes our City unique is that everyone works together across government, business and the community to improve the City and invest in the future of our children,” said Mayor Daley.
“We are very excited to dedicate the new playground and other amenities here at Rutherford-Sayre Park,” said Timothy J. Mitchell, Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO. “Projects like this are essential components of the improved quality of life that parks offer. We hope this new playground will continue to be a source of enjoyment for all the families who visit the park.”
In mid-1999, the Chicago Park District combined three of its parks (Rutherford, Sayre, and Rutherford Sayre) to form Rutherford Sayre Park. The three separate parks, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad tracks on the city's northwest side, had long been treated as one by area residents.