DEPUE – The White City neighborhood in DePue is now sporting a new playground, thanks to the village board and the DePue Men’s Club.
It’s been a goal for about five years for the men’s club to bring in new playground equipment, and on Tuesday, construction of the equipment finally took place.
Club President Steve Solorio explained the old playground equipment was aging and in bad shape, becoming a potential danger to the children. The club finally made a decision this spring to put money aside to fund half of the $25,000 equipment. The village board approved in March to split the cost with the club.
“I think it’s nice we can work together. It’s always been easy to work with the village; they have been really good to us,” Solorio said.
The new equipment is similar to the playground equipment that was erected in Lake Park a few years back. The blue and orange color scheme was selected to reflect DePue’s school colors and hometown pride.
Solorio explained the men’s club was hoping to have the playground set earlier this summer, however, the playground company found themselves behind and wasn’t able to get to DePue until later in the summer.
Despite the hold up, Solorio is happy with the new equipment and believes it will provide a great place for families to appreciate it in the park.
“So many families have parties up there under the shelter, and we have a ton of little kids who gather up in the park. So we hope this gives them something to enjoy now and in the future,” he said.
This weekend, the village hopes to be able to place the pea gravel under the playground set, before it’s fully open to the public. Solorio is hopeful by next week, it will be ready for use.
The men’s club discussed possibly saving some of the better equipment in White City and transferring it to the Oak Brook neighborhood, however, Solorio explained once crews began tearing up the equipment, they realized they wouldn’t be able to salvage much of the parts.
Future plans for the men’s club consists of installing playground equipment in Oak Brook. Solorio is hoping within the next couple years, the club can raise enough funds to provide a playground for the children living in Oak Brook.
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