CHICAGO (CBS) – Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in Rogers Park on Friday, to celebrate the latest of his administration’s makeovers of neighborhood parks.
WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, as kids romped around officials at the microphone, young mother Kate Englund-Kenealy welcomed the new playground at Touhy Park, at 7348 N. Paulina St.
The old playground is 20 years old, and the wooden equipment was cracked and splintering.
“A new park will mean that we no longer have to travel to a trendy neighborhood that has a nice, cool park, or to Evanston,” she said. “We’ll have it right here, and with having a park so close by, that means more time for families and kids to have quality time together.”
The mayor said that is the point of the city’s efforts to renovate playgrounds across Chicago.
“We are literally, over the next five years, rebuilding every playground in the city of Chicago,” he said.
Residents in Rogers Park have been calling for an upgrade of Touhy Park for three years.