McKinley Community Play Garden

McKinley Community Play Garden A nature playspace just south of the McKinley Park Library. It is open to the public and maintained by community volunteers. The space is available for private parties and events.

To submit a request please go to: bit.ly/renttheplaygarden

Operating as usual

A quick reminder for our neighbors that our event is happening today at the McKinley Park library meeting room from 3-6....
12/22/2021

A quick reminder for our neighbors that our event is happening today at the McKinley Park library meeting room from 3-6.

We are very conscious about the rising numbers in Covid cases and want to ensure that everyone is safe. This event is a pop-in/pop-out event. Come by and pick up a free art kit gift box (supplies are limited, first come first serve). We’ll also have a holiday backdrop for family photos.

Special thanks to Alderman Cardenas for supplying the gift boxes and supplies and of course those who sent monetary donations to make these special gifts possible for our community.

We hope to see you there!

A quick reminder for our neighbors that our event is happening today at the McKinley Park library meeting room from 3-6.

We are very conscious about the rising numbers in Covid cases and want to ensure that everyone is safe. This event is a pop-in/pop-out event. Come by and pick up a free art kit gift box (supplies are limited, first come first serve). We’ll also have a holiday backdrop for family photos.

Special thanks to Alderman Cardenas for supplying the gift boxes and supplies and of course those who sent monetary donations to make these special gifts possible for our community.

We hope to see you there!

We have a new bulletin board!! Thanks to your donations at our events we were able to contract Fire City Woodworks to ma...
12/03/2021

We have a new bulletin board!! Thanks to your donations at our events we were able to contract Fire City Woodworks to make this beautiful information center. We can’t wait to post community events for you! Thanks Justin!

¡Tenemos un nuevo tablón de anuncios! Gracias a sus donaciones en nuestros eventos pudimos contratar Fire City Woodworks para hacer este hermoso centro de información. ¡Estamos ansiosos por publicar eventos comunitarios para usted! ¡Gracias Justin!

We have a new bulletin board!! Thanks to your donations at our events we were able to contract Fire City Woodworks to make this beautiful information center. We can’t wait to post community events for you! Thanks Justin!

¡Tenemos un nuevo tablón de anuncios! Gracias a sus donaciones en nuestros eventos pudimos contratar Fire City Woodworks para hacer este hermoso centro de información. ¡Estamos ansiosos por publicar eventos comunitarios para usted! ¡Gracias Justin!

11/09/2021

Hello Play Garden community! Below is a part-time job opportunity in McKinley Park.

The Resurrection Project/Promotores de Salud is hiring some people living in Mc Kinley Park who want to help in vaccination/health (informing, facilitating, connecting). It is a small commitment of 10 hours a week- with a stipend of $800 monthly, lyft/uber reimbursement, and $40 support for cell phone use.

Please share this info with who might be interested.
You can share my following email address so they can contact us directly:

[email protected]

312-718-0236

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¡Hola, comunidad de Play Garden! A continuación hay una oportunidad de trabajo a tiempo parcial en McKinley Park.

El Proyecto Resurrección / Promotores de Salud está contratando a algunas personas que viven en Mc Kinley Park que quieren ayudar en vacunación / salud (informar, facilitar, conectar). Es un pequeño compromiso de 10 horas a la semana, con un estipendio de $ 800 mensuales, reembolso de lyft / uber y soporte de $ 40 para el uso del teléfono celular.

Comparta esta información con quien pueda estar interesado.
Puede compartir mi siguiente dirección de correo electrónico para que puedan contactarnos directamente:

[email protected]

312-718-0236

Spots still available in the A.M. for Covid vaccinations in Little Village THIS Sunday! Citas todavía disponibles en la ...
11/05/2021

Spots still available in the A.M. for Covid vaccinations in Little Village THIS Sunday!

Citas todavía disponibles en la mañana para la vacuna de Covid este domingo pars los chiquitos!

Spots still available in the A.M. for Covid vaccinations in Little Village THIS Sunday!

Citas todavía disponibles en la mañana para la vacuna de Covid este domingo pars los chiquitos!

Spooky Fest 2021 was a HUGE success! We had well over 100 children and their families come by and enjoy our treats and c...
10/30/2021

Spooky Fest 2021 was a HUGE success! We had well over 100 children and their families come by and enjoy our treats and crafts. Thank you to our wonderful Play Garden committee who worked so hard putting this together. You are all stars! Thank you to our fun and wild community. We saw so many great costumes and many, many happy faces. Thank you to our neighbor Carla Lentz for providing us with electricity.

We also want to give a big shout out and THANK YOU to the following businesses and organizations for their support and donations. We couldn't have done it without you!

Pochos_Chicago
for giving us the great idea for this event and bringing homemade rice crispy treats!
12th Ward Alderman George A. Cardenas and his staff for donating 100 trick or treat bags and large pumpkins.
Huck Finn Donuts & Snack Shop for the donation of candy
Chile Toreado for their monetary donation we used to buy more snacks!
Archview Restaurant for the donation of candy
Greater Chicagoland Area Official Lasagna Love Group for the donation of candy
McKinley Park Library for the craft and books
TRIBE Coffee Co. for the donation of candy
Academy for Global Citizenship for bring healthy snacks and information about their new PreK program
Aquinas Literacy Center for letting us use their cute popcorn machine!
Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project -N2N -N2N for donating books and goody bags!
Cadinho Bakery for bringing delicious Portuguese candy
Walgreens on 35th Street for the donation of candy
BMO Harris bank on Damen and Archer for hosting a table with Superman representing and giving out candy
Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center for bringing and information about their early childhood program
@mariposa.chicago for donating a beautiful balloon garland for our photo spot

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¡Spooky Fest 2021 fue un GRAN éxito! Tuvimos más de 100 niños y sus familias y disfrutamos de nuestras delicias y manualidades. Gracias a nuestro maravilloso comité de Play Garden que trabajó tan duro para armar esto. ¡Ustedes son todas estrellas! Gracias a nuestra divertida comunidad. Vimos tantos disfraces geniales y muchas, muchas caras felices. Gracias a nuestra vecina Carla Lentz por prestarnos su electricidad.

También queremos dar un gran reconocimiento y GRACIAS a las siguientes empresas y organizaciones por su apoyo y donaciones. ¡No podríamos haberlo hecho sin ustedes!

Pochos_Chicago por darnos la gran idea para este evento y traer delicias caseras de rice crispies!
12th Ward Alderman George A. Cardenas y su personal por donar 100 bolsas de trick or treat y calabazas grandes.
Huck Finn Donuts & Snack Shop Snack Shop para la donación de dulces
Chile Toreado por su donación monetaria usamos para comprar más dulces y meriendas!
Archview Restaurant por la donación de dulces
Greater Chicagoland Area Official Lasagna Love Group por la donación de dulces
Biblioteca de McKinley Park por las manualidades y libros
TRIBE Coffee Co. por la donación de dulces
Academy for Global Citizenship por traer bocadillos saludables e información sobre su nuevo programa de PreK
Aquinas Literacy Center por dejarnos usar su linda máquina de palomitas de maíz.
Neighbor to Neighbor Literacy Project -N2N por donar libros y bolsas de regalos.
Cadinho Bakery por traer deliciosos dulces portugueses
Walgreens en la calle 35 por la donación de dulces
BMO Harris por Damen y Archer por organizar una mesa con Superman representando y repartiendo dulces
Velma Thomas Early Childhood Center por traer información sobre su programa de primera infancia
@mariposa.chicago por donar una hermosa guirnalda de globos para nuestro espacio fotográfico

We are in full swing! Come by!
10/30/2021

We are in full swing! Come by!

😭😭 Movie Night tonight is cancelled due to the rain! BUT Trick or Treating tomorrow will have great weather. Join us tom...
10/29/2021

😭😭 Movie Night tonight is cancelled due to the rain! BUT Trick or Treating tomorrow will have great weather. Join us tomorrow from 11:00-2:00 for candy, snacks and crafts. Wear your costume and spread the word!

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😭😭 ¡La noche de cine de esta noche se canceló debido a la lluvia! PERO Trick or Treat mañana tendrá un buen clima. Únase a nosotros de 11:00-2:00 mañana para disfrutar de dulces, bocadillos y manualidades. ¡Vengan con su disfraz y corra la voz de nuestro evento!

There's still time for businesses, community organizations and individuals to help us make our trick or treat event a su...
10/29/2021

There's still time for businesses, community organizations and individuals to help us make our trick or treat event a success! If you want to join us and hand out treats (candy, other snacks, books, small toys, etc.) or want to host a crafting table please let us know ASAP. The event is this Saturday, 11:00-2:00. So far we have Pochos, Outside the Box Catering, Nature Conservancy, Cadinho Bakery, Manny's Bakery, Huck Finn, BMO, Archview, Walgreens and many more businesses and organizations participating. Look at the lovely pumpkins Alderman Cardenas's office provided! Help us provide a fun and safe trick or treating event for the children of our community!

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¡Todavía hay tiempo para que las empresas, las organizaciones comunitarias y las personas nos ayuden a hacer que nuestro evento de truco o trato sea un éxito! Si desea unirse a nosotros y repartir golosinas (dulces, otros bocadillos, libros, juguetes pequeños, etc.) o desea organizar una mesa de manualidades, háganoslo saber lo antes posible. El evento es este sábado, 11:00-2:00. Hasta ahora contamos con Pochos, Outside the Box Catering, Nature Conservancy, Cadinho Bakery, Manny's Bakery, Huck Finn, BMO, Archview, Walgreens y muchas más empresas y organizaciones que participan. ¡Mire las hermosas calabazas que proporcionó la oficina del Concejal Cárdenas! ¡Ayúdenos a proporcionar un evento divertido y seguro de Trick or Treat para los chiquitos de nuestra comunidad!

There's still time for businesses, community organizations and individuals to help us make our trick or treat event a success! If you want to join us and hand out treats (candy, other snacks, books, small toys, etc.) or want to host a crafting table please let us know ASAP. The event is this Saturday, 11:00-2:00. So far we have Pochos, Outside the Box Catering, Nature Conservancy, Cadinho Bakery, Manny's Bakery, Huck Finn, BMO, Archview, Walgreens and many more businesses and organizations participating. Look at the lovely pumpkins Alderman Cardenas's office provided! Help us provide a fun and safe trick or treating event for the children of our community!

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¡Todavía hay tiempo para que las empresas, las organizaciones comunitarias y las personas nos ayuden a hacer que nuestro evento de truco o trato sea un éxito! Si desea unirse a nosotros y repartir golosinas (dulces, otros bocadillos, libros, juguetes pequeños, etc.) o desea organizar una mesa de manualidades, háganoslo saber lo antes posible. El evento es este sábado, 11:00-2:00. Hasta ahora contamos con Pochos, Outside the Box Catering, Nature Conservancy, Cadinho Bakery, Manny's Bakery, Huck Finn, BMO, Archview, Walgreens y muchas más empresas y organizaciones que participan. ¡Mire las hermosas calabazas que proporcionó la oficina del Concejal Cárdenas! ¡Ayúdenos a proporcionar un evento divertido y seguro de Trick or Treat para los chiquitos de nuestra comunidad!

This weekend! Get ready! Movie night Friday night (weather permitting). We have pumpkins for decorating and trick or tre...
10/27/2021

This weekend! Get ready! Movie night Friday night (weather permitting). We have pumpkins for decorating and trick or treat bags that will be filled with yummy treats at Saturday’s event !
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¡Este fin de semana! ¡Prepárense! Noche de cine el viernes por la noche (si el tiempo lo permite). ¡Tenemos calabazas para decorar y bolsas de trick or treat que se llenarán de deliciosas golosinas en el evento del sábado!

10/24/2021

*drumroll* We raised $1,417.51 last night at Oktoberfest.
Thank you!

We had a wonderful night connecting with neighbors at Oktoberfest last night! Thank you to everyone who came and support...
10/24/2021

We had a wonderful night connecting with neighbors at Oktoberfest last night! Thank you to everyone who came and supported us. Thank you to Marz, Whiner and Hart Davis Hart for their donation of beer and wine. We will announce how much we fundraised later today. For now enjoy some pics of our amazing community of nature play supporters!

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¡Pasamos una noche maravillosa conectando con los vecinos en el Oktoberfest anoche! Gracias a todos los que vinieron y nos apoyaron. Gracias a Marz, Whiner y Hart Davis Hart por su donación de cerveza y vino. Hoy anunciaremos cuánto recaudamos. ¡Por ahora, disfruta de algunas fotos de nuestra increíble comunidad de aficionados al juego en la naturaleza!

10/17/2021

Apologies for the late notice! The Play Garden will be closed today, October 17th from 2:00-4:00 pm for a private event. If you are interested in renting our space please go to bit.ly/renttheplaygarden for more information!

¡Disculpas por el retraso! El jardín de juegos estará cerrado hoy, 17 de octubre de 2: 00-4: 00 pm para un evento privado. Si está interesado en alquilar nuestro espacio, visite bit.ly/renttheplaygarden para obtener más información.

[english below]Tenemos muchas actividades divertidas planeados para octubre, empezando con una recaudación de fondos del...
10/10/2021

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Tenemos muchas actividades divertidas planeados para octubre, empezando con una recaudación de fondos del Oktoberfest para adultos. Pueden conseguir entradas en https://bit.ly/playgardenbeer.

We have lots of fun activities planned for October, starting with an adults-only Oktoberfest fundraiser. You can get tickets at https://bit.ly/playgardenbeer.

[english below]
Tenemos muchas actividades divertidas planeados para octubre, empezando con una recaudación de fondos del Oktoberfest para adultos. Pueden conseguir entradas en https://bit.ly/playgardenbeer.

We have lots of fun activities planned for October, starting with an adults-only Oktoberfest fundraiser. You can get tickets at https://bit.ly/playgardenbeer.

09/18/2021

Hello all! The Play Garden will be closed today from 11-1:00pm for a private event! If you are interested in hosting an event in our beautiful space please visit bit.ly/renttheplaygarden

¡Hola a todos! ¡El jardín de juegos estará cerrado hoy de 11 a 1:00 p.m. para un evento privado! Si está interesado en organizar un evento en nuestro hermoso espacio, visite bit.ly/renttheplaygarden

Mobilize creative starts this Sunday and will go throughout the week at the park and on Archer and Leavitt! Check out th...
08/26/2021

Mobilize creative starts this Sunday and will go throughout the week at the park and on Archer and Leavitt! Check out the flyers for these incredible events for all ages!

¡Mobilize creative comienza este domingo y se extenderá durante toda la semana en el parque y en Archer y Leavitt! ¡Vea los folletos de estos increíbles eventos para todas las edades!

Found on the street outside of the Play Garden today. Send me a message if they are yours! Encontrado en la calle en fre...
08/11/2021

Found on the street outside of the Play Garden today. Send me a message if they are yours!

Encontrado en la calle en frente del Jardín de juegos hoy. ¡Mande un mensaje si son de usted!

Found on the street outside of the Play Garden today. Send me a message if they are yours!

Encontrado en la calle en frente del Jardín de juegos hoy. ¡Mande un mensaje si son de usted!

Announcement: The Play Garden will be closed on Saturday, July 31st from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. for the memorial service for o...
07/29/2021

Announcement: The Play Garden will be closed on Saturday, July 31st from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. for the memorial service for our friend Katie Flores. The service will begin at 1:00 p.m. at McKinley Park and then everyone will walk over together to the Play Garden.

Anuncio: The Play Garden estará cerrado el sábado 31 de julio de 2:00 a 5:00 p.m. para el evento para conmemorar a nuestra amiga Katie Flores. El evento comenzará a la 1:00 p.m. en McKinley Park y luego todos caminarán juntos hacia el Play Garden.

07/28/2021

Good afternoon! The Play Garden will be closed this Saturday (July 31) for a private event from 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

¡Buenas tardes! El Jardín de juegos estará cerrado este sábado (31 de julio) de la 1:00 - 5:00 pm para un evento privado.

Good morning! The Play Garden will be closed this afternoon (Saturday, July 24) for a private event from 1:00-4:00 p.m.....
07/24/2021
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Good morning! The Play Garden will be closed this afternoon (Saturday, July 24) for a private event from 1:00-4:00 p.m.. Please visit bit.ly/renttheplaygarden if you are interested in using our beautiful space.

¡Buenos días! El Jardín de juegos estará cerrado esta tarde (sábado, 24 de julio) de la 1:00-4:00 p.m. for a private event. Por favor visit bit.ly/renttheplaygarden si están interesados en rentar el Jardín.

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07/17/2021

Good morning! The Play Garden will be closed today, Saturday, July 17 for a private event from 12:30-3:30. Thank you! If you are interested in using the Play Garden for your next private event please check out our event form: bit.ly/renttheplaygarden

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¡Buenos dias! El jardín de juegos estará cerrado hoy, sábado 17 de julio para un evento privado de 12: 30-3: 30. ¡Gracias! Si está interesado en utilizar el espacio por su próximo evento privado, consulte nuestro formulario de eventos: bit.ly/renttheplaygarden

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I want to encourage everyone to come out to support the McKinley Community Play Garden this Saturday. This play space such a gem and a treasure in the neighborhood and I commend the volunteers who have put in so much time and effort to help it thrive. I hope to see you there to support them!
We had so much fun at the McKinley Community Play Garden Market fundraiser! So many great booths and stuff for sale. My photos only scratched the surface. I got a plant and a dress and some veggies and a Portuguese egg tart as well as cookies and lemonade! What a great cause to support!
The McKinley Community Play Garden is an amazing place! Visit on Monday during their Summer Solstice event! Everyone is welcome!
There will be yoga for those who aren't traveling this weekend.
Before and after of the spiky thistle that grows in the back of the playgarden! We hope to plant some more native plants back there to help keep that thistle from growing back. It was a 3 glove job to keep those spikes from poking me! ¡Antes y después del cardo de punta que crece en la parte trasera del jardín! Esperamos plantar más plantas nativos allí para ayudar a evitar que el cardo vuelva a crecer. ¡Fue un trabajo de 3 guantes evitar que esas espinas me molestaran!
Hello everyone! I will be dropping by the play garden tomorrow (Wednesday, July 21) afternoon at 3:30 to clean up and do some gardening maintenance on the space. If anyone is interested in joining me, I will have some garbage bags and gloves. Please wear a mask and remember to maintain social distance. I will be there until about 5:30-6pm I am guessing. Thanks!
🚨 ¡PORCENTAJE ACTUALIZADO! Hasta el día de hoy, 11 de mayo solo el 46.1% en McKinley Park se ha contado en el Censo del 2020. Hay mucho en juego para nuestra comunidad; la información que se obtenga del Censo determinará los fondos para nuestras comunidades, así como la representación en el Congreso. Aunque ya hayamos recibido el cuestionario por correo, aún podemos responder en línea y por teléfono, solo nos toma unos minutos. Su información es confidencial y no existe pregunta de ciudadanía. Favor de completar su censo por: Teléfono en Español: (844) 468-2020 Sitio de internet: my2020census.gov ¡Hazte Contar! #McKinleyParkCuenta Para más información: https://commissioneranaya.com/county-resources/census/ - - - - 🚨 PERCENTAGE UPDATED! As of today, May 11th, only 46.1% in McKinley Park has been counted in the 2020 Census. There is much at stake for our community; the information obtained from the Census will determine funding for our communities, as well as representation in Congress. Although we have already received the questionnaire by mail, we can still respond online and by phone, it only takes a few minutes. Your information is confidential, there is no citizenship question. Please complete your census by: Phone in English: (844) 330-2020 Online: my2020census.gov Make yourself count! #McKinleyParkCounts For more information: https://commissioneranaya.com/county-resources/census/ State Rep Theresa Mah Alderman George A. Cardenas National Latino Education Institute Aquinas Literacy Center McKinley Community Play Garden Tu Casa Guanajuato en Chicago McKinley Park Development Council
🚨 Solo el 41.3% en McKinley Park se ha contado en el Censo del 2020. Obtener un conteo completo y preciso es deber de todos y es además nuestro acto de presencia. Recuerde que su información es confidencial y solo le toma unos minutos para completarlo y así poder tener los recursos que nuestras familias merecen. Favor de completar su censo por: Teléfono: (844) 468-2020 Sitio de internet: my2020census.gov ¡Hazte Contar! #McKinleyParkCuenta Para más información: https://commissioneranaya.com/county-resources/census/ - - - - - 🚨 Only 41.3% in McKinley Park has been counted in the 2020 Census. Obtaining a complete and accurate count is everyone's duty and is also our act of presence. Remember your information is confidential and it only takes a few minutes to complete it, so that we can have the resources that our families deserve. Please complete your census by: Phone: (844) 330-2020 Online: my2020census.gov Make yourself count! #McKinleyParkCounts For more information: https://commissioneranaya.com/county-resources/census/ State Rep Theresa Mah National Latino Education Institute Aquinas Literacy Center McKinley Community Play Garden Tu Casa Guanajuato en Chicago, Illinois McKinley Park Development Council
Hope to see many of you at Wednesday's meeting to preview the McKinley Park Community Plan! The MPDC in conjunction with CMAP, the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, will present a draft of their neighborhood plan. The neighborhood plan will provide policy direction in the areas of land use, economic development, housing, mobility, sustainability, and building capacity and partnerships. Join us in providing feedback, comments and questions! Wednesday, October 16, 2019 7pm - 8:30pm. McKinley Park Fieldhouse - Brown Room 2210 W Pershing Road, Chicago, IL https://mckinleyparkdevelopmentcouncil.org/2019/10/08/preview-the-mckinley-park-community-plan.html
Hey y'all! Join Anthony Moser and Nick Efrosinis for a jam session tonight in the McKinley Community Play Garden. 4pm-6pm, all ages welcome, acoustic instruments only as there is no electricity. Probably a lot of folk music. BYOAI
Hey y'all! Join Anthony Moser and Nick Efrosinis for a jam session tonight in the McKinley Community Play Garden. 4pm-6pm, all ages welcome, acoustic instruments only as there is no electricity. Probably a lot of folk music. BYOAI
Last Friday at Illinois ASLA's Celebration+ event, we celebrated the outstanding work of Illinois Landscape Architects. We were honored to receive two honor awards for the McKinley Community Play Garden and the John W. Cook Academy Space to Grow Schoolyard. Congratulations to our project partners and all of the exceptional award winners! McKinley Community Play Garden partners: Neighbor-Space, Alex Enarson, and GRG Playscapes John W. Cook Academy partners: Chicago Public Schools, Healthy Schools Campaign, Openlands, Chicago Department of Water Management, and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago Thank you, #IllinoisASLA for a fantastic event!