Little Village community organizations and political workers are spearheading initiatives to renovate parks throughout the community that will compliment Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s $1.4 million, five-year plan for Chicago. Real Chi Youth spoke with 22nd Ward Alderman Ricardo Munoz’s assistants Amanda Cortes and Abdul-Aziz Hassan, as well as Simone Alexander the Community Development Director for Enlace Chicago, about the specific renovation needs for Limas and Shedd Parks.
“The park renovation will help youth have a safe place to play,” Aziz Hassan told RCY.
Overall the Chicago Park District (CPD) is the oldest and financially largest park district in the United States with 580 parks that total more than 81,000 acres, 24 beaches, 77 pools, 11 museums, 16 historic lagoons and wildlife gardens, according to CPD’s website. But half of the $500 million spent on park district improvements in the North Side areas such as Wicker Park since 2011, according to a July 2014 Chicago Reporter investigation. Meanwhile over the past three years $19 million was channeled into acquiring new park land in little village, according to Chicago Reporter.