Photos by Patrick Pyszka

The City Celebrates The Completion Of Chicago Plays!

Earlier this week, Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago Park District announced the completion of the Chicago Plays! playground initiative, which has completed 327 playgrounds across the city since its launch, and made good on the Mayor’s commitment to ensure every child in every neighborhood is within a short walk of a world-class park or playground.

Chicago Plays! — launched by Mayor Emanuel in March of 2013 — was designed to provide ample play and recreation opportunities to children and families across all neighborhoods.

Chicago Plays! recognizes that playgrounds provide youth not only a place to play, but the chance to the hone social, emotional and cognitive benefits that are critical to their development.

Just three years later, the city has delivered 327 playgrounds completed — one full year ahead of schedule!