Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Volunteers Needed for Grand Crossing Park Playground Building

From Friends of the Park

Volunteers from the community, Kohl’s Department Stores, Children’s Memorial Hospital and from Friends of the Parks will build the new, accessible playground in Grand Crossing Park, 7655 South Ingleside, over a two-day period in June. Starting early in the morning at 8:00 a.m. and working through the days and under the supervision of a construction management team, the volunteers will be instructed on how to install new slides, climbing equipment, bridges, swings and tunnels. Once the equipment is installed, the volunteers will be trained to install the new safe rubber-mat surface material. The playground build project will take two days to complete.

The total cost of the playground is $220,000. State Representative Marlow Colvin secured $100,000 from the State of Illinois and Kohl’s Department Stores donated $120,000 through Children’s Memorial Hospital.

The community-build days are set for Friday June 18 and Saturday, June 19, 2010, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Sixty volunteers on each of the two days have signed up to construct the playground.

Partners include the Grand Crossing Park Advisory Council, the Chatham Avalon Community Council, the Chicago Park District, Children’s Memorial Hospital, Kohl’s Department Stores, State Representative Marlow Colvin and Alderman Michelle Harris.

For more information contact Amy Donatell at

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