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After An $800,000 Plus Renovation, Senn Playlot Reopens

After two years of renovation planning, Senn Playlot Park at 5887 N Ridge Ave. finally reopened to the public this past weekend.

The Chicago Park District removed the construction fences that blocked off the park, revealing a brand new playlot for residents to enjoy. On June 9, the Park District, contractor and members of Alderman Harry Osterman staff did a final walk -through to approve the new space and identify any necessary corrections.

The Senn Park Advisory Council, which is made up of volunteer residents who live around the park, have overseen playlot’s reconstruction as well as maintain the unity garden, turf fields, basketball court and shade garden. On their Facebook page they happily announced, “Thanks, everyone for your patience as we’ve waited for an update on the park. Senn playlot is open!”

The new playlot has a section for younger 2-5 year old children and another for kids 5-12 years olds. The bright green equipment includes a 10′ tower/slide, a climbing net and multiple other fixtures. A spray pool water feature will open later this summer after the contractor finishes repairs.

This has been a multi-year project that has included the community every step of the way,” Alderman Osterman said in a statement. “The Senn Park Advisory Council and many neighbors have played a critical role in the development of the plan for this project. This renovation was sparked by community requests that the playground be safe and fun for our kids.”

Upon the Alderman’s request, a park supervisor will be hired to run programs this summer out of the back of Senn High School and on the field behind the school. This will include a free summer sports camp for 6th through 8th graders.

The Alderman will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new playlot soon.

For more info on the summer camp, click here.


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