BENEFITING: FRIENDS OF THE PARKS
EVENT DATE: Aug 06, 2017
Last year, it felt like we were outgrowing our home. After 9 years in Lakeview, we found our forever home in West Bucktown and have noticed that we can empathize with one of our closest neighborhood parks. Our new neighborhood has outgrown the Maplewood Park Field House and our family wants to help!
When I was a kid I participated exclusively in Park District programs because that was all that I could afford. I have a particular love for making sure that kids like me have more opporunities for extra-curricular learning, physical and social development but most importantly, a safe place to go. Our neighborhood kids start in Park district programming (ages 2-6) but quickly age out becuase there are few local and affordable altertnatives.
With a larger facility, Maplewood Park Field House will be able to accommodate greater varieties of classes and mentorship programs, focused on children ages 6+. These classes will be educational, fun, affordable, and help children develop bonds within their neighborhood while growing new friendships. As usual, scholarships will be available every season.
The Maplewood Park Field House Expansion and Renovation Project needs your help!
In cooperation with the Chicago Park District, First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, and Friends of the Parks, we are pleased to announce that we are $100,000 away from making this 1.5 million dollar project a reality.
Maplewood Park and Maplewood Field House are located in the West Bucktown (Humboldt Park) neighborhood of Chicago.
Maplewood Park's Field House plays host to a variety of Chicago Park District programs and community events. This aged, 600 square foot building dates to the 1950's; while the building is consistently at capacity for programs, it is not ADA compliant, lacks energy efficiency, reliable plumbing and cooling, and is a poor use of the available park space.
A place to learn and meet
As the demography of our area has changed, we have seen a marked influx of families and businesses. Community events are regularly attended by hundreds of neighbors, free of charge, such as Night Out in the Park's School of Rock, Movie in the Park Nights, and the Crafty Mobile.
The Chicago Park District works with the volunteer organizations Maplewood and Lucy Flower Park Advisory Council (MLFPAC) and West Bucktown Neighborhood Association (WBNA) along with First Ward Alderman Joe Moreno to provide additional community events such as the Earth Day Clean and Green and the Annual Easter Egg Hunt. An expansion and renovation of the Maplewood Field House will make it possible for these types of events to continue and grow, unifying neighbors, local organizations, and local businesses.
As we launch this fundraising campaign, please consider giving at the highest level--donor recognition will be determined in the upcoming month, but all donors over $2,500.00 will be formally recognized through a permanent installation (TBD) inside of the new field house. We promise to keep you posted on recognition options!
Big Leaf Maple Donor: $5,000.00
Sugar Maple Donor: $2,500.00
Silver Maple Donor: $1,000.00
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -Margaret Mead
Thank you to the Chicago Park District and First Ward Alderman Proco Joe Moreno for the 1.4 million of support!