BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PARKS
EVENT DATE: Aug 06, 2017
Amy Ewaldt wrote -
Maplewood Park and Maplewood Field House are located in the West Bucktown (Humboldt Park) neighborhood of Chicago.
Maplewood Park's Field House plays host to a variety of Chicago Park District programs and community events. This aged, 600 square foot building dates to the 1950's; while the building is consistently at capacity for programs, it is not ADA compliant, lacks energy efficiency, reliable plumbing, cooling, and more.
As the demography of our area has changed, we have seen a marked influx of families. Community events are regularly attended by hundreds of neighbors, free of charge, such as Night Out in the Park's School of Rock, Movie in the Park Nights, and the Crafty Mobile.
The Chicago Park District works with the volunteer organizations Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) and West Bucktown Neighborhood Association (WBNA) along with First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno to provide additional community events such as the Earth Day Clean and Green and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. An expansion and renovation of the Maplewood Field House will make it possible for these types of events to continue and grow, unifying neighbors, local organizations, and local businesses.
We have also seen our neighborhood children start in Park District programming (ages 2-6) only to quickly age out, with few local and affordable options for extra-curricular learning, physical and social development, and safety. With a larger facility, Maplewood Park Field House will be able to accommodate greater varieties of classes and mentorship programs, focused on children ages 6+. These classes will be educational, fun, affordable, and help children develop bonds within their neighborhood while growing new friendships. As usual, scholarships will be available every season.
What was the last thing you or your family outgrew? How did it feel? What did you do?
We are packed in tightly with no where to grow! Please help us expand? The Maplewood Field House Expansion and Renovation Project needs YOUR support!
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