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Space to Grow

The Space to Grow program installs new playground equipment and vegetated areas to provide both opportunities for student physical activity and stormwater management.

A partnership between Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Department of Water Management, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, and supported by the Healthy Schools Campaign and Openlands, each project provides benefits to both students and community members: 

  • 25 completed projects with nine more planned by 2022
  • Prioritizes underserved and flood prone communities
  • Stormwater infrastructure reduces community flooding
  • Play equipment to keep kids active
  • Conversion of asphalt to playgrounds and vegetation reduces the heat island effect
  • Promotes gardens and learning landscapes
  • Facilities are open for public use once constructed

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