Filbert Playlot To Get Renovation In 2012

By Mike Fourcher | Thursday, September 22, 2011

The current Filbert Playlot. Photo courtesy of Friends of Filbert Playlot Park.

The Filbert Playlot Park renovation project at 1820 W. Larchmont Ave. has received a funding commitment from the Chicago Park District and a go ahead for a $300,000 renovation in 2012, says Emily Klingensmith, head of Friends of Filbert Playlot Park. The Park District has committed up to $100,000 in capital funds, which is being matched by $100,000 from Ald. Ameya Pawar’s (47th) 2010 2011 menu money. Now, the playlot group has to raise the remaining funds.

As of this week, the group has already raised $48,000 and they expect to raise an additional $8,000 through Circus In The Park performances in late October, says Klingensmith. However, the group may not need to raise the full $100,000 since their planned renovation will have a number of cost-saving measures.

“The [Chicago Park District] is saying we need to raise $100,000 even though we have a play equipment grant that will reduce the cost of our play equipment by 50%. They say we can’t reduce our goal by an estimated cost savings,” said Klingensmith earlier this week.

However, “we are still trying to raise $100,000,” said Klingensmith. “The [Park District] will be designing our playlot in-house to save money, rather than hiring a landscape architect, so we hope to move the process along as quickly as we can so we can get bids [and get] a more firm idea of the grant value and our cost savings.  The [Park District] estimates that the project will go to bid early next year and head into construction in late spring/early summer for a fall 2012 opening.”

Neighbors interested in supporting the park can buy a brick or make a donation here. The Circus In The Park performances in Chase Park on October 22 and 23 will go to support Chase Park and Filbert Playlot Park renovation. You can purchase tickets here.

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