Safe At Play
Injury Free Coalition for Kids of Chicago (Lurie Children's)The Kohl's Cares for Kids Safety Network at Lurie Children's has experience in community playground building and advocating for safe playgrounds citywide. We work to prevent playground injuries through education, and builds and improves playground structures to create a safer environment for kids to play.
In 2005, we partered with Friends of the Parks, a local park advocacy group, to survey all 450 of the Chicago Park District's playgrounds. Each summer, we have re-visited the playgrounds to complete another safety evaluation. The results of the 2011 and 2012 recent surveys can be found at www.fotp.org.
IFCK of Chicago has also built fourteen playgrounds and re-surfaced two more. We are planning our 15th and 16th playgrounds for spring/summer, 2013 In 2008, with Kohl's funding we issued a Request for Proposal to childcare centers wanting to rehab or build a new playground at their centers. We chose two sites - Lydia Home Association and the North Austin HeadStart/Lutheran Social Services of Illinois. The playgrounds were built in summer/early fall 2008.
In 2007, we built playgrounds, with Kohl's Cares for Kids funding at two Boys and Girls Clubs in Chicago.
In 2006, we undertook at large-scale playground build with the Rolling Meadows Park District. The playground was constructed at their community center.
In summer, 2005, IFCK of Chicago organized two community playground builds in partnership with Friends of the Parks and the Chicago Park District. With generous funding from Kohl’s Department Stores, IFCK of Chicago built a playground in Tilton Park on Chicago’s west side. The children living near Tilton Park had been waiting for a playground for more than 10 years. Kohl’s also provided support for re-surfacing three nearby playgrounds. The Allstate Foundation provided financial support for a “Little Hands” playground at the Harold Washington Playlot in Chicago’s Rogers Park community. Concerned community residents have been advocating for the playground’s renovation since 1996.
In 2002, with funding from the Allstate Foundation and the efforts of the “The Playground Pilots,” a student run playground construction business, IFCK created a playground at Orr High School for its early childhood development program.
Our first playground in the Cabrini Green development was built with funding from Bally’s Total Fitness, IFCK of Chicago constructed a community build playground in Cabrini-Green.
Contact InformationAmy Hill