We are excited to share that LaSalle II has been selected as one of 21 semi finalists out of 500 applications for the Chicago Works Grant. Winners are awarded up to 1.5 million dollars to renovate public spaces.
As we are all well aware, the school outdoor space is in poor condition and subject to frequent flooding, making the playfield unusable and closed off during recess and Physical Education classes. Further, the playground is popular with the local community. The playfield also experiences damage when used during muddy or wet conditions which causes continued degradation. In addition to the school population, the LaSalle II grounds are open to the public and is popular with the local community for outdoor play and exercise.
The purpose of this project is to improve the usability of the space and better organize the remaining space to allow for safe play and exploration by the students and community. When fully funded, the project will replace the grass playfield with synthetic turf, create a 1/8 mile running track encircling the playground, better organize the basketball courts to get a full court size and half court size, add seating, and add lighting. The synthetic turf will be striped for U-8 regulation soccer and a kick ball/soft ball diamond with a backstop. These playfield improvements will allow the students and community to enjoy a mud free area for active play including soccer, kick ball, softball, and exercise. The LaSalle II playfield will continue to be open to the community.
In order to help make this plan a reality, there are a few things we need from our school community.
- Sign the petition here and share with others! The more signatures the better.
- Save the date for the virtual community meeting on 10/21 at 6pm. You can sign-up here.
Winners will be announced in December to stay tuned for more updates!