BY MAYA WUNDER
If you play baseball at Revere Park, visit the Neighborhood Boys & Girls Club (NBGC) during school breaks or just like to play at the playground at Revere, you may be wondering why they are all closed right now. As you may have seen, fences are currently around the north side of the park, located at 2509 W. Irving Park Road.
If you’re wondering why, here’s the scoop. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, Tiffany Sostrin, Director of Legislative and Community Affairs for the Chicago Park District, along with Joshua Mark, Director of Development and Infrastructure for 47th Ward Alderman Matt Martin, held a community meeting to discuss the planned improvements and updates happening at the park.
According to Sostrin, NBGC is closed for window replacement, upgrading the air conditioning, upgrading electric service, adding structural steel supports, and replacing the boiler. While these upgrades are happening, NBGC’s temporary location is at 4020 North Rockwell.
Sostrin said the project at NBGC will likely last through January. However, NBGC Executive Director, Jeffrey Sadowski also attended the meeting and said the timing may be closer to mid-December. Sadowski also said NBGC basketball will be opening in a few weeks, but not at the clubhouse. Instead, NBGC has secured space at the Bradley Center.
“We have to follow COVID guidelines,” Sadowski said. “We’re going to have one league for boys and one league for girls, but we’re going to make it happen.”
But what about the field house at Revere Park? The Park District is adding a new accessible entrance with elevators and stairs, performing limited masonry and concrete restoration, replacing windows and doors, adding a new roof and gutters, repairing exterior drainage systems, and repairing the plumbing infrastructure. Improvements also include accessibility upgrades to the washrooms, gyms, and bleachers, HVAC improvements, limited environmental abatement and electrical upgrades/increased ComED service. Sostrin said the Revere Park upgrades will be completed around November 2021.
Community members at the meeting asked questions about access to the north end of the park, any future facility upgrades and whether the trees at the park will be protected during the construction. “The construction layout specifically was designed to tear down as few trees as possible,” said Marks. Sostrin also said only one or two trees may be impacted by the construction. “The park district is not in the business of removing or destroying trees,” she said.
For more information about the project, you can watch the community meeting here.