Carol Stream opening new 'pocket park'

  • The Twist, an arched ladder apparatus that changes angles in different directions, is a new piece of playground equipment at Carolshire Park in Carol Stream.

    The Twist, an arched ladder apparatus that changes angles in different directions, is a new piece of playground equipment at Carolshire Park in Carol Stream. Courtesy of Carol Stream Park District

  • The Weevos is designed to meet the physical, cognitive and social needs of young children, sparking their imaginations as they explore.

    The Weevos is designed to meet the physical, cognitive and social needs of young children, sparking their imaginations as they explore. Courtesy of Carol Stream Park District

 
By Carolyn Mondlock
Carol Stream Park District
Posted10/1/2019 11:55 AM

The Carol Stream Park District will celebrate the grand opening of Carolshire Park later this month along with some pieces of playground equipment that are new to the district.

The ceremony is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, at the park, 840 N Gary Ave.

 

The "pocket park" in the Carolshire/Klein Creek neighborhood is funded through a Community Development Block Grant.

The new park is home to the Twist -- an arched ladder apparatus that changes angles in different directions -- and the Weevos, a structure designed to meet the physical, cognitive and social needs of young children, sparking their imaginations as they explore.

A swing set has two belt swings, one bucket swing and a molded ADA swing. The playground sports a transportation theme with a trike track, street signs and gas and electric panels.

The idea for a pocket park started in 2013 when the district acquired the land. Officials asked residents to brainstorm ideas for what amenities they wanted.

At the time, and until recently, children were playing in a parking lot. The district applied for a Community Development Block Grant through DuPage County to obtain funding to develop the park and received $200,000 in the fall of 2017. The district matched funds.

A groundbreaking took place in May and work progressed throughout the summer.

For information, visit www.csparks.org.

0 Comments
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
Article Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.