South Chicago Center Playground Grand Opening

May 3, 2017

The Chicago Bears, Bears Care, PNC Bank, PNC Foundation, Chicago Gateway Green, and BrightView teamed up to create a new play and learning space for the children of El Valor at the Gonzalez Children & Family Center in South Chicago. On May 3, 2017, we celebrated the playground’s official opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony!

Other highlights of the day included story time in the outdoor classroom with Chicago Bears Chairman George McCaskey, warm ups and drills on the mini gridiron with Staley the Bear, and butterfly mask-making. The play structures, outdoor classroom, mini gridiron, and butterfly garden are designed to inspire learning and moving. A generous grant from Bears Care will support family health and wellness programming at the center.

El Valor is humbled by the support of these wonderful partners who came together to help improve the lives of children and families in South Chicago!

Read more and hear from attendees at CBS Chicago online.