23rd and Whipple
Chicago, IL.

Design | Lead

Community visioning
Conceptual and Schematic Design

Chris Gent | Landscape Studio

Client: Neighborspace
Date: 2012 – ongoing
Budget: $ TBD
Design Firm: CG|LS, +Space

There is a shortage of open spaces for families and children to enjoy the outdoors in Little Village. Working with the community through NeighborSpace, CG|LS is helping to create a place where young people can explore nature and experience play through a non-traditional playground design called a Play Garden. Rather than swings and slides, there will be earthen mounds, balancing logs, living tunnels, climbing sculptures, boulders, butterfly, rain and edible gardens.

The garden will be the first of its kind in the city. Jardincito will not be a city-run park. It is a community-created space, designed, built, used and cared for by a group of community institutions and neighbors. It will provide young children and their families with a place to play, learn, work, and eat together for a healthier, safer, more beautiful Little Village.