Mayor Rahm Emanuel Unveils New Playground At Pilsen’s Whittier Elementary
Public Officials joined residents in the city’s Pilsen Neighborhood for a ribbon cutting ceremony to unveil new facilities at Whittier Elementary School.
The $1.5 million revitalized space, located at 1900 West 23rd Street, includes basketball courts, a mini-turf field and a new playground and replaces the old field house building that originally occupied the space, but had to be torn down last year after it was found to be a potential risk to student health and safety.
School faculty said the space will serve to strengthen the community and bring focus back to the children.
“This investment in the Pilsen community will ensure students, parents and community members have access to a safe and fun recreation space that will promote activity to boost their health and well being,” Mayor Emanuel said.
“Playing, exercise, and engaging in team sports are crucial building blocks in our children building friendships, developing long-term healthy habits, and learning the value of teamwork.”
The new recreation facilities are part of $3.5 million in investments made at Whittier Elementary since 2011.
In 2011, an approximately $2 million facilities investment was completed at Whittier Elementary, providing students and staff with a new science lab, computer lab, lunch room, classroom library and parent room.
WGN News Writer, Judith Ruiz-Branch