WOODLAWN — Plans for the Obama Presidential Center will include a public athletic facility funded by a $5 million pledge from the Nike Foundation, the athletics company announced this week.
The athletic facility is the fourth element revealed for the complex, alongside a museum, a forum for public programming and a library.
“The facility at the Obama Presidential Center will be a community space, where many aspects will be free and open to Chicagoans and visitors from around the world,” Nike Foundation President Jorge Casimiro said in a statement. “Anyone will be able to jump into a dance class or join a pickup basketball game.”
Before the center can be built, a long-standing federal review of the plan’s impact on historic Jackson Park must be completed. A revised assessment of that impact is expected Thursday afternoon, after months of preparation.