Chicago Cubs Announce $1 Million Gift for Community Play Area

Major League Baseball's franchise has announced a $1 million gift toward construction of a community play area in Lakeview.

The School Street Playlot will be the largest public recreational space in Lakeview outside of Lincoln Park and will include a water feature, separate play areas for different age groups, a large open turf area, shaded picnic tables, a forty-foot custom mosaic art wall, and a replica Wrigley Field marquee.

In addition to the gift, and , a fund of the , have contributed more than $1 million to the Lakeview community over the last four years. The Cubs also pledged $3.75 million over nine years for community infrastructure-related projects as part of an agreement with the city related to renovations to Wrigley Field.

"The Chicago Cubs are committed to giving back to the community by being a good neighbor," said Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts. "We believe being a part of the fabric of Chicago is an important part of our identity as a team. The Cubs have extended a helping hand to hundreds of organizations and causes through hours of volunteer service and significant donations. We are excited to bring this park to the families of the Lakeview area."

"." Chicago Cubs Press Release 08/03/2014.