Volunteers Pitch In To Build New Play Space In Maywood In Six Hours

Sunday, September 16, 2018 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: Volunteers on Sept. 14, before they built a new play space at Winfield Scott Park in Maywood in less than a day. | Courtesy Christopher Parker/Facebook 

Maywood young people now have a brand new space in which to play after several dozen volunteers pitched in on Sept. 14 to build a new playground area at Winfield Scott Park, at 1800 S. Maywood Drive in Maywood, within roughly six hours.

The project was the result of a collaboration between the Maywood Park District, the village of Maywood and KaBOOM, a national nonprofit “dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids,” according its website.

KaBOOM! paid for the equipment through a partnership with Keurig Dr. Pepper. The village of Maywood Board of Trustees and the park district entered into an intergovernmental agreement in May.

At the time, Lonette Hall, the park district executive director, said that the park district needed the village’s permission to allow the equipment to be installed in order to finalize the grant.

Winfield Scott Park is currently one of six parks in Maywood owned and maintained by the village. The park district and the village, however, are in the process of transferring six parks that the latter currently owns and operates over to the former taxing body — a transaction required by a referendum that passed over a decade ago.

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The new Kaboom playground space at Winfield Scott Park just moments after it was completed on Sept. 14. | VFP 

While the KaBOOM equipment is installed, however, Winfield Scott will still be under village control. The village is also liable for any injuries or other incidents that may happen within the new playground space.

During the Sept. 14 build, community leaders like state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and Bellwood Chamber of Commerce President Christopher Parker were on hand to help transform a long-blighted park into space suitable for children’s recreational needs.

Maywood Park District Commissioner Terrance Jones said that the intergovernmental collaboration was necessary in order to refresh the park.

“We wanted to make a difference in the park,” Jones said. “We knew we needed help over here at Winfield Scott, so we partnered with Keurig and Kaboom! We started today and we’re going to finish today.”

“We’re glad to be here,” said Parker. “Proviso Community bank is one of the sponsors today. We believe in community. We’re ready to get down and dirty to make this thing happen.” 

Back in May, Hall said that KaBOOM required community leaders to gather input on how residents wanted the park to look and the kind of equipment that would be installed.

Dawn Rone, the Maywood Park District Commission president, said in May that park district officials met with representatives from other taxing bodies, such as Districts 89 and 209, in order to generate stakeholder interest and gather public input.

“This is an exciting day,” said James Siegal, the CEO of Kaboom. “We are going to show what’s possible when a couple hundred people from all walks of life come together to put kids first.”

Siegal said that the Maywood park was the 100th park that Kaboom has built alongside Keurig Dr. Pepper.

In addition to the new equipment, the village board voted unanimously in May in favor of the installation of a power box necessary to restore lighting at Winfield Scott. VFP 

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4 thoughts on “Volunteers Pitch In To Build New Play Space In Maywood In Six Hours”

  1. I am disappointed in the way this article and others and post have portrayed this event. A Lot of praise should go towards the corporate sponsors and the Keurig company for making this park happen. However, besides the politicians, ministers, etc who came by, waved a lot and work a little, there were students from Proviso HS who put in work! I mean work! Long before the cameras arrived, Proviso West pulled up with about 60 students, Proviso East had about 9 and they were chaperoned by about 4-5 teachers who also worked their tails off. Yes I was there helping as well. These kids did not complain and they worked in the heat and through bee attacks to make something happen for the community. They worked side by side with the adults. They were not looking for cameras, they were looking for a way that they could help the kids of the community be active, safe and have fun. I shed a tear as I watched these kids. I am not discounting the adults, many were instrumental in making this park happen. It was just sad to watch these kids work from 7:30 to about 3pm and ask for nothing in return while some of the adults, especially the supt (who arrived at 2:30, put on a tshirt, took many pic, shook hands, and did not put in any work and left before he could think about sweating) get all the writeups and attention. I just want the kids to get the praise they deserve because if they had been vandalizing this park we would definitely hear about it. Great job to the Proviso East and West students who showed Kuerig, the sponsors, and adults that they care about their community! So proud of you guys!

    Also, some of the adults that were just hanging around watching and loitering should have put their negative wares and habits aside and come over and helped. I was angry to see so many able bodies ignore a chance to help the community that they help tear down!

  2. I do want to comment on this article, and I was hoping that you can add the students at Proviso East, Proviso West, and PMSA who definitely put in a lot of “blood, sweat, and tears” into helping build the playground in Winfield Park. I saw the photos on District 209’s official Facebook account, and was completely blown away. It takes a commUNITY to build bridges and not walls to help thrive and move forward. I wish that you can add some photos of the students, teachers, and faculty of District 209, who were apart of helping build the playground.

    1. Exactly. Every time I look at that 209 newsletter I see the supt. It’s like he is a supermodel. Even when they have pics of kids he is in the pic even though he is not in the classroom, field , or buses with them. Let the teachers and principals shine. Or just showcase the kids. Those kids worked hard. Teachers work hard. Let them shine.

      1. They do let them the students, teachers, and principals shine. I have seen the District 209 newsletter, and they do show the students recognition of hard work in the classroom. Even at the District 209 Board of Education, they reward the students for their outstanding achievement. (It is available on the District 209 official YouTube channel, if people can’t make it to the board meetings) I’ve seen the work of Dr. Rodriguez, and he is on the front line! That is his job as a Superintendent.

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