CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Englewood nonprofit I Grow Chicago broke ground Friday on a new playground to transform vacant lots into peaceful community spaces.
The lot at 6415 S. Honore St., sits in the middle of a block with many vacant homes, and it also houses the “Peace House,” a reclaimed abandoned house that now serves as a community center.
"We are making the most of the opportunity," said Quenin Marbles, co-executive director of I Grow Chicago. "This is for the community, the kids, everyone looking for a place to belong."
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th) spoke at the groundbreaking, which featured a celebration of the playground's potential and what the nonprofit has — and will continue — to offer the community.
"We are going to work on a giant log piece that is either wood burned or inlaid wood," Peterson said.
Construction is expected to be finished by the end of October.