The Kennedy Park Advisory Council (KPAC) is raising funds for new pool chairs to accommodate the many families, adults, and seniors who spend their summer days at Kennedy Park Pool.
Last fall, local residents formed an official park advisory council to advocate for a variety of improvements at Kennedy Park. Among their top priorities, is making Kennedy Park Pool a more friendly and comfortable community gathering place during the summer months.
Over the years with the additional usage and popularity of the pool, the dozen or so chairs that were provided by the Chicago Park District (CPD) have aged and begun to deteriorate. With recent budget constraints at CPD, KPAC felt that organizing a fundraising effort for new chairs was an important first step.
“People are spending more time at Kennedy Park Pool with friends and neighbors, due to the revamped pool schedule and extended pool season. Our intention is to support Kennedy Park Pool as a neighborhood resource and create an environment where patrons are comfortable when they enjoy their summer days at the pool,”says Carly Carney, KPAC President.
The campaign will begin in February and run through March 15th, since the lead time for the chairs is approximately 5 weeks. KPAC has set a goal of raising enough funds to acquire 40 new chairs (20 lounge chairs and 20 beach chairs).
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If additional funds raised through this effort an awning to shade a part of the deck near the shallow end of the pool where young families spend their time will be purchased. The afternoon sun hits this area and it is often uncomfortable for young children taking a rest from swimming. The awning will also provide protection to the belongings of lap swimmers who commonly continue their lap swim even when it is raining. Currently there is no overhead protection anywhere on the deck.