Union Ridge School completed work on a new early childhood playground and family park on the grounds of Union Ridge School.
A dedication ceremony to formally open the park was attended by the Union Ridge School Board, Harwood Heights Village Officials, and Norwood Park Township trustees.
The Harwood Heights Park Project (HHPP) advisory committee has been raising funds and making plans for the park for the past year.
“This park is a shining example of our supportive community,” said Union Ridge Superintendent John Kosirog. “We worked, all of us together, to plan, design, and raise funds for this wonderful space. It took vision, creativity and lots of hard work for the park to become a reality, and for this I am very grateful for all your efforts.”
The park project transformed an unused blacktop section of school property into a new, beautiful green play space for children and families. The design for the park includes many shady areas with benches for families to gather, a butterfly garden and wetlands area for exploration, and a new playground designed for physical skill development.
According to Union Ridge Principal Michael Maguire, “We have a growing student population, especially in preschool and early grades. The park is especially designed to create many active learning experiences for our youngest children. The park will be a great asset to our program.”
The park is a community asset, and we are relying on the citizens of Harwood Heights to protect and care for the new plants and equipment. The park is open for public use after school hours from dawn to dusk.
“From the beginning, the cornerstone of this new park and playground project has been community," said Kosirog. "It shows that our community cares about children and families and cares about its future.”