New Read-Dunning Youth Development Park Opens in Chicago

The multi-sport, synthetic turf field will provide local youth with a safe place to learn, play and compete

Chicago, Ill – The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation and Group1001 partnered with the Chicago Park District to unveil a multisport playing field at Park 580 “Read-Dunning” in the Dunning Community Area of Chicago. The new park with synthetic turf athletic field will serve the future Taft Junior High School’s athletic teams, Saint Patrick High School athletic teams, Chicago Cubs RBI, as well as community little leagues and local elementary schools, providing local youth with a safe place to learn, play and compete.

“Being active and playing sports taught me so many valuable life lessons,” said Ripken. “Thanks to the generous donors and supporters, kids in this community will have a safe space to play sports and grow, and learn a lot of those same lessons.”

The multisport synthetic turf playing field is lined for youth baseball/softball and soccer and complete with a digital scoreboard, backstop, dugouts and fencing. The Chicago Park District will manage and maintain the field and work closely with the Ripken Foundation and other partners to create programs to engage at-risk young peopl...

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