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Summer PlayStreets Events & Block Club Parties in West Humboldt Park

The West Humboldt Park Development Council organized three PlayStreets events in partnership with Gads Hill Center and Block Club Network members for the West Humboldt Park community during the summer of 2014. Also, over the course of the summer, over 40 block club parties took place in WHP.

Attend the 15th Annual CeaseFire Peace Festival in West Humboldt Park!

Please join Ceasefire and the Kells Park Advisory Council as we celebrate the 15th annual Ceasefire Peace Festival on Friday June 6th at 4PM at Kells Park, 3201 West Chicago Ave. (Chicago Avenue & Kedzie). This is a free event and open to all. There will be Games, Free Food, Live Entertainment, Raffle Prizes, Community Resources and so much more! Please see the attached flyer for more information! We will see you there!

Summer Fun at West Humboldt Park Playstreets Events

The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) organized 4 Summer PlayStreets events in the West Humboldt Park Community on the following dates and locations:

  • August 5 - 3800 Block of West Ohio Street
  • August 17 – 800 Block of North Hamlin Avenue
  • August 31 – 3500 Block of West Ohio Street
  • September 7 – 900 Block of North Springfield

Summer PlayStreets 2013 is a citywide initiative, which focuses on providing families and youth with open, safe play spaces to come together and engage in physical activities to address obesity, diabetes and other health disparities. Events are reoccurring and take place in communities that lack safe outdoor play spaces. Community based organizations, stakeholders and community members are encouraged to work together to organize PlayStreets events during the summer season.

Community partners joined the WHPDC to assist with facilitating games and activities during the events. Families and youth enjoyed old school games such as ‘Red Light, Green Light,’ Tug of War and Four Square.

Outdoor bowling, tumbling demonstrations, basketball, relay races, jump rope and hoola hoop competitions were participants’ favorites. Partners included Tumbling for Success, Zenith Dance Company, Fit to Be A Mom, Inc, Chicago Childrens Museum, Catholic Charities, Junior Urban League of Chicago, Fierce   Fitness and many more. Cameron Elementary School and Kelly Hall YMCA lended sports equipment for the events. This initiative is supported by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, The Chicago Department of Public Health, LISC Chicago, Active Transportation Alliance and World Sport Chicago.





The Chicago Plays! Playground Replacement Program Provides New Playground Equipment in West Humboldt Park

The West Humboldt Park Development Council (WHPDC) and The Kells Park Advisory Committee (KPAC) submitted four applications requesting playground equipment replacements as part of the Chicago Plays Playground Replacement Program. The Chicago Park District in partnership with Friends of the Parks will replace playground equipment at 35 parks in Chicago providing safer and more accessible playgrounds for all Chicago residents.