CHICAGO – State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, congratulates the Moore Park Advisory Council on their fight to bring an addition to the Field House at Moore Park in South Austin, Chicago. “I am sorry I missed the opening, but this is a perfect collaboration between the state of Illinois and the city of Chicago,” said Ford.
The South Austin community has advocated for improvements in the facilities in the park for years: (http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/5-5-2010/A-new-‘house’-for-Moore-Park/ and http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-04/news/ct-x-c-moore-park-field-house-20100604_1_west-sidemoore-park-field-house).
The $2,800,000 project was funded by $1,590,000 from the state and $1,120,000 from the city or other sources. Ford led the fight to secure funding from the state of Illinois. “The West Side can benefit from organized efforts to build up the community, just like this successful project,” said Ford. “We are continuing the fight to get the last $90,800 released to complete the state’s share of the project.”
Moore Park Building Expansion (Project complete in 2015)
Total Cost: $2,800,000
State Funds: $840,800
$90,800 IDNR Grant (suspended)
$750,000 DCEO Grant
For more information, contact one of Ford’s constituent service offices: 816 S. Oak Park Avenue in Oak Park at 708-445-3673, 4800 W. Chicago Avenue in Chicago at 773-378-5902 or in the Stratton Office Building in Springfield at 217-782-5962.