PILSEN — Construction started this week on a playground area for one of Pilsen’s elementary schools.
Joseph Jungman Elementary School, 1746 S. Miller St., is set to receive a new playground for the 2023-24 school year. The upgrade will put Jungman’s aging playground on par with Chicago Public Schools’ new standard, which replaces wood chip and rubber tile spaces with poured-in soft rubber, a district spokesperson said.
The goal is for playgrounds across the district to meet this standard by the end of 2024, officials said.
The $800,000 project is underway and will be ready for the next school year starting in August.
The district is also redoing the surrounding sidewalk and fencing along Miller and 18th streets, officials said.
Students will have recess inside the gymnasium during the construction, the spokesperson said.
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