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Mayor Emanuel attends ribbon cutting for new school recreation facilities

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The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new recreation facilities at Whittier Elementary School took place Saturday morning, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel attended.

The renovations for the facilities cost $1.5 million and include new basketball courts, a mini-turf field and a playground. The renovations replace a field house that was found to be a potential risk to the health and safety of students.

"This investment in the Pilsen community will ensure students, parents and community members have access to a safe and fun recreation space that will promote activity to boost their health and well being," Mayor Emanuel said. "Playing, exercise, and engaging in team sports are crucial building blocks in our children building friendships, developing long-term healthy habits, and learning the value of teamwork.”

Since 2011, the new facilities are part of $3.5 million in investments made at the elementary school.

"This brand new play space provides much-needed recreational opportunities for our community," said Alderman Danny Solis. "I'm thrilled to join my constituents today for the ribbon-cutting- it is a great day for area kids, families and neighborhoods."

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