After only a short couple of months of construction, I was thrilled to cut the ribbon on the new turf field, playground, and outdoor classroom at Farnsworth Elementary, 5414 N. Linder, on Friday, December 7.
Plans for this improvement first won community support in 2016 during the participatory budgeting process. Since then, my office has worked closely with Chicago Public Schools, Space to Grow, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Office of Budget and Management to build this $1.2 million public asset.
Not only is the field great for students, but it also is designed to keep stormwater out of our sewers and basements. This playground and turf field will add to the well-rounded education that our students deserve and continue to build pride in our neighborhood schools.
Crews Broke Ground on Farnsworth Turf Field and Playground on September 21, 2018
Construction crews broke ground on the Farnsworth turf field and playground on September 21.
The new playground was partially funded using the aldermanic discretionary budget after it won community support during the 45th Ward participatory budgeting process. Supplemental funding came from the Elston/Armstrong TIF and as part of a $36 million plan I unveiled last year to improve 45th Ward schools.
View Farnsworth Playground Plans
Plans for a new turf field and playground at Farnsworth Elementary, 5414 N. Linder, were available to view during an open house on Tuesday, September 18 from. The turf field and playground was funded partially from the Elston/Armstrong TIF district, partially from the aldermanic discretionary budget, and as a part of a $36 million plan I unveiled last year to improve 45th Ward schools.