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Ambitious Andersonville Park Will Honor The Life Of Area Student Who Died at Age 17

Photo: Chicago Waldorf School

An extra-large lot that is paved with gravel and cement will no longer serve as a parking lot for an Andersonville school. Instead, it is center stage for an ambitious plan to build a children’s outdoor classroom and playground honoring the life of a student that passed away last year from cancer.

Back in August of 2019 the short but meaningful life of Nora Leonard, who was the daughter of of Second City Executives Kelly Leonard and Anne Libera, was cut short after her brave struggle with liver cancer. The 17-year-old girl was a longtime student at the Chicago Waldorf School (5200 N Ashland)and according to its teachers filled the halls with her energy and determination.

After Nora’s death, her parents looked for ways of celebrating her life. That is when school officials and teachers that used to spend so much time with the girl decided to honor her name as they embark on an ambitious plan to build a new park which spans six city lots and will be open to all area children to play.

The large lot used to house the parking lot and small playground on the West side of Lyman Trumbull Elementary. CPS closed the institution in 2013 and Chicago Waldorf School eventually purchased the building from them to further their mission.

With ideas on how to turn the lot into a vibrant playground full of life and energy already under way, it seemed very fitting to allow the memory of Nora to live on through the excitement of children for years to come. Nora’s Sun and Moon Park will provide them that space with an interactive playground full of everything kids’ enjoy and so much more.

The Chicago Waldorf School is in the process of raising the money to begin the project. According to them, they will need to raise $2 million to break ground on the park of which they have raised close to $75,000 to date. That money is part of a larger 2020 Capital Campaign effort aimed at bringing in a total of $4 million in order to fund school improvements as well as retire building debt.

According to Chicago Waldorf School, they hope to break ground on the park this Summer and possibly be able to open it to the public in the Fall for the upcoming school year.

For more information on how to donate to Nora’s Sun and Moon Park, Click Here.

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