EAST CHICAGO | Five city parks have been evaluated to determine the condition of their equipment.
That move is in advance of improvements to be made with the approximately $331,000 collected by the state from defendants in an anti-racketeering case that stemmed from the infamous sidewalks for votes scandal.
Park Superintendent Francisco Rosado said the five parks Mayor Anthony Copeland has selected to be upgraded with that money are: Callahan Park, 138th and Alder Street; Goodman Park, 148th and Magnolia Lane; Nunez Park, 136th and Elm Street, Veterans Park, 4525 Indianapolis Boulevard and Washington Park, 142nd and Parrish Avenue.
Rosado told the Park Board earlier this week he is researching playground equipment companies and some of the structures at the parks will have to be replaced because they are old and in disrepair.
He said almost all equipment at the five parks is at least 15 years old.
"Part of the evaluation is determining the surface that will be used," Rosado said.
He said the cost of the playground surface could in some cases equal the cost of the equipment it holds.
Rosado specifically mentioned adding swings at Veterans Park since there are none there currently.
"Swings are sorely missing in a lot of our parks," he said.
Park Board President Lilia Ramos asked if handicap-accessible swings would be placed in the parks and Rosado said he would recommend they meet that need.