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updated: 4/18/2014 5:49 AM

Chicago plans playground improvements at parks

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Associated Press

Chicago officials held groundbreaking ceremonies for new playgrounds at three city parks, kicking off a project to refurbish or build 103 playgrounds around the city this year.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel helped break ground Thursday at Lindblom Park and Murray Park in the West Englewood neighborhood, and Kucinski-Murphy Park in the McKinley Park community.

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The mayor launched the city's playground renovation program last spring. The Chicago Park District plans to rebuild, repair or refurbish 325 playgrounds during the next five years. Last year, 50 playgrounds got face-lifts through the program.

The program invests roughly $125,000 in new playground equipment at each park for a total program cost of $37.5 million.

The park district worked with Friends of the Park to determine which playgrounds were in the most need of repair.

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