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After Parent Complaints, Sabin Elementary Will Get A New Playground Under CPS Budget

CPS budgeted $450,000 for the construction of Sabin's playground as part of its $820 million budget released Thursday.

A student at Sabin Dual Language Magnet School, 2216 W. Hirsch St., rides her bike on the large asphalt area where she and her classmates play during recess. The school has not had a safe and usable playground since 2017.
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WICKER PARK — After scraped knees, a bee infestation and bloody injuries, students at Sabin Magnet School will soon get a new playground.

Chicago Public Schools budgeted $450,000 for the construction of a new playground at Sabin as part of a $820 million budget released Thursday. Parents have fought for a decade to get a new, safer playground installed at the site.

Sabin parents told Block Club in June that CPS officials strung them along for more than two years with broken promises under the false hope of a new playground.

Sabin, a dual language magnet school that serves kids from across the city, is located at 2216 W. Hirsch St. in Wicker Park. About 80 percent of students are low-income and the majority of students — 76.3 percent — are Hispanic.

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A 2017 bee infestation rendered Sabin’s previous playground unusable. CPS eventually tore the playground down in fall 2018, and promised to replace it, parents said.

In April 2018, during a game of tag on the asphalt, a seven-year-old boy suffered a “concussion equal to a professional athlete,” his aunt and legal guardian Chrissy Herrera said.

CPS sent the playground project to bid on June 11 with a close date of June 27.

The playground is part of a massive budget that will include upgrades for 300 schools and preschool expansion across the city, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said on Thursday.

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Two West Town schools also received money for pre-k expansion: Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy, 1840 W. Ohio St., received $150,000; Rodolfo Lozano Bilingual & International Center, 1501 N. Greenview Ave., received $230,000.

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