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Little Village pocket parks on the grow

NCP lead agency Enlace Chicago has been partnering with Archeworks, New Life Church, Student Conservation Corps, the U.S. Forest Service, and community members to transform empty lots into green spaces for the Little Village community called "pocket parks."

Photo: Courtesy Enlace Chicago

About 75 students from Farragut and Little Village Lawndale high schools spent March 27 sprucing up four new "pocket parks" on street corners in Little Village.

In 2009, Enlace identified four sites for potential pocket parks and organized several community meetings to create designs for those sites, which include: 25th & Keeler, 27th & Kildare, 26th & Trumbull, and the Manuel Perez Plaza at 26th & Kolin.

These pocket parks serve as the home for all types of gardens as well as spaces for educational, artistic and cultural programming. Some of the ideas generated have been a pumpkin patch, an outdoor movie venue, murals and environmental classrooms.

Photo: Courtesy Enlace Chicago

Chevrolet provided trucks to transport students, equipment, and most importantly, lunch.

On March 27, more than 75 high school students from Farragut and Little Village Lawndale High School performed a day of service to help "green up" these pocket parks, as part of the Cesar Chavez Serve and Learn program, and in partnership with Chicago Public Schools Service Learning Center.

Students tilled soil, pulled weeds, painted and built planter boxes, and learned about the importance of green space in communities.

Photo: Courtesy Enlace Chicago

Students build and paint flower boxes for the parks.

As part of its Chevy Missions team dedicated to supporting those who give back to their communities, Chevrolet provided with four brand new vehicles that were critical in transporting students to the sites, hauling lumber and other materials, and picking up the most important thing: lunch!


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