Park District helps christen playgrounds at Devonshire, Robert Frost
A true community effort can be seen, felt, and enjoyed at Devonshire and Robert Frost Elementary this year. CCSD59 has been partnering with the Mt. Prospect Park District (MPPD) to address the need for new playground equipment at both sites, and representatives from both institutions joined students and families for ribbon cutting ceremonies this week.
The new equipment carries both traditional and new features that help promote safe, active, and healthy play, including rock walls, monkey bars, climbing nets, slides, swing sets, and more.
“There is no happier moment for a park district than the official opening of a new playground,” said MPPD Executive Director Jim Jarog in a statement. “Providing recreational opportunities for children is the foundation for much of the work that we do. Today is a day to celebrate the community partnership between (CCSD59) and the Mt. Prospect Park District.”
Once the need for newer playground equipment at Devonshire and Robert Frost was identified, the park district provided several concept designs for the new area, with both districts splitting the cost of equipment. Members of the public were invited to provide their input on the designs, and the finished products are heavily influenced by the input from the school communities.
Crews began working on the new structures after the 2021-22 school year ended and navigated supply chain issues to complete the work as soon as possible this fall. Monday and Tuesday of this week was a time to celebrate this effort, with families enjoying treats, giveaways, and the new areas of play.
“Neighborhood playgrounds build community ties and strengthen the bond between neighbors,” said Jarog. “For children, heading outdoors to enjoy a playground enhances sensory and motor skills, increases socialization and reduces the risk of childhood obesity.”