UPTOWN — A $3 million upgrade to Chase Park, including a new turf playing field and track, is close to opening to the public after six years in the works.
The 77,000-square-foot artificial turf field and running track at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave., will open in late October or early November, according to Chicago Park District officials.
The new track and field are part of a long-planned project to improve Chase Park. The field will contain two baseball diamonds and a soccer field.
Other improvements include new lighting, drainage and a new roof for the park’s field house.
The field is still fenced off, but the fencing will come down late this month or in early November, a Park District spokesperson said. Some landscaping work still needs to be finished, they said.
Work on the park upgrades began in late March — around the time of Gov. JB Pritzker’s stay-at-home order was enacted and Mayor Lori Lightfoot called on Chicagoans to stay out of the parks.
Some neighbors believed a large construction fence erected around part of Chase Park was due to the mayor’s order. Instead, it was signaling the start of renovation work first announced in 2014.
In October 2014, the Park District unveiled plans for the project, which initally was set to wrap up in 2016. The project lost funding around 2015, according to Michael Sewall, director of community outreach for Ald. Matt Martin (47th).
Former Ald. Ameya Pawar then helped secure $3 million in funding for the project from the Clark/Montrose Tax Increment Financing District, Sewall said.
Chase Park neighbors have been clamoring for improvements to the playing fields for years.
“That space could definitely use an upgrade,” Justin Carrino told DNAinfo Chicago in 2014. “I prefer grass, but any investment that the city wants to make in parks is great for us.”
Chase Park received a new playground in 2010, according to Uptown Update.
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