Fundraiser for Filbert Playlot Saturday

By Samantha Abernethy | Monday, March 7, 2011

Photo courtesy of Friends of Filbert Playlot.

The effort to fix up Northcenter’s Filbert Playlot continues with a fundraiser this weekend.

The Little Gym, 3216 N. Lincoln Ave., hosts the event Saturday for playtime and pizza to benefit Friends of Filbert Playlot.

For families who live near Filbert Playlot Park at 1822 W. Larchmont Avenue, the park is the only playground within a seven-block radius. Three area schools and daycare facilities rely on the park for daily use.

The City of Chicago acquired the playground property in 1959. Today the pocket playlot is wedged up against the Irving Park Brown Line and stands as worn and tired as the El tracks above.

There are potholes on the ground, graffiti on the benches and mold has consumed much of the splinter-ridden wooden play equipment.

More so, the situation has become unsanitary, with towering weeds and an unusable drinking fountain. While neighbors have started to trek to other playgrounds, a few rats have taken a liking to the spot.

The pizza party at Little Gym is Saturday, March 12, 4:30 to 6 p.m., and the event includes gym activities, face painting, a balloon artist and pizza from Papa John’s.

It costs $15 per person, and all proceeds benefit Friends of Filbert Playlot. Children ages 4 months to 12 years are welcome.

Space is limited, so reserve a spot by emailing filbertplaylot@gmail.com. Visit the website of Friends of Filbert Playlot for more information.

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