Saturday, March 16, 2013

Mayor Emanuel wants facelift for Chicago parks | WGN-TV

A facelift for all of Chicago parks and new recreation areas could be coming to a corner near you.

Chicago?s Mayor Rahm Emanuel wants to rebuild 300 playgrounds in the next five years.

Emanuel said he wants every child in the city to be able to walk 10-minutes to a park.

In addition, new recreation areas for basketball courts and other sports are expected to be built.

The Mayor said it will bring people together, ?otherwise we?re isolated? on blackberries or computers, Emanuel said.

Kim Wasserman of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization said there will be other benefits.

In addition to the areas for biking and walking, she said the new parks will ?deal with violence issues.?

In Little Village on Sacramento and 23rd street, a new open space area is going to be constructed.

By November, the Mayor said 50 playgrounds will be upgraded.


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