Spring has sprung with summer-like weather, so get outside and enjoy some of Chicago’s north side parks that have been recently renovated by the Chicago Park District with the help of local aldermen and community donations.

Revere Park at 2509 W. Irving Park Road, 1 block west of Western Avenue has new playground equipment with the spongy surface below that was introduced last spring in this North Center neighborhood.   It is a modern improvement over the old wooden structures that it replaced.

Welles Park at 2333 W. Sunnyside in Lincoln Square (which sits on 15 acres between Sunnyside and Montrose and Lincoln and Western Avenue) opened Phase I of its playlot renovation on Saturday, May 8, 2010.   The old playground area still exists on the Montrose Avenue side with many swings put to use.   Phase I sits on Sunnyside next to the fieldhouse with fewer swings than the old playground.   There are some fun new pieces of equipment that the kids enjoy such as some stand or sit and spin items and a platform with two benches facing each other that looks like an amusement park ride which rocks back and forth and has a middle platform where children can stand like a balancing board and rock the seated occupants.   The climbing equipment and slides have the newer spongy surface below.   The area is fenced in which parents appreciate.

Winnemac Park at 5100 N. Leavitt sits on 40 acres between Argyle and Foster and Damen Avenue and Leavitt.   Its new Lincoln Square playground opened in 2008 amidst cultivated prairie grasses and plant life and baseball diamonds just south of the Amundsen High School football field.

Chase Park at 4701 N. Ashland Avenue broke ground for a playlot renovation on March 20, 2010 which will provide residents in the Uptown and Ravenswood neighborhoods updated facilities upon completion.   312-742-5101

Each park has different equipment which provides a variety of fun experiences for youngsters to enjoy.   Try a different park each outing and see what the Chicago Park District has to offer your family.   Have fun!

Ann Marie Walker, ABR, Move with Maggie Team

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