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'Green Not Gray' Playground Opens at Ravenswood School

15 September 2014

The flooded asphalt lot is no more! The new playground at Ravenswood School was unveiled this past weekend at a grand opening ceremony attended by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Alderman Ameya Pawar, Ravenswood students, families, and neighbors. The new playground features several pieces of play equipment suitable for multiple age ranges, an artificial turf field, rubberized walking track, amphitheater, life-sized chess, a basketball court, and native landscaping.

Waechter Architects was the architect of record for this project, providing architectural design services, construction administration services, and coordination between the other consultants, parents' group, and CPS. WA also facilitated the receipt of a grant from the Illinois EPA, as this project was designed to capture 100% of stormwater runoff.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Charlie Waechter, Alderman Ameya Pawar, and Ravenswood Principal Nate Manaen announce the grand opening of the new Ravenswood Elementary playground.


View of play equipment and new planters

Students enjoy the new artificial turf field and play equipment.
View of play equipment and amphitheater

New artificial turf field and rubberized walking track