Holstein Renovation

Holstein Renovation Set to Start September 5, 2017

Change is coming to Holstein Park, and it’s going to be big!

Starting on September 5 – the day after the pool closing – The Chicago Park District will begin renovation of the 105-year-old field house. The construction is estimated to last nine months but will bring many long-needed improvements.

These include:

  • Completely new men’s and women’s locker rooms.
  • Two new multi-purpose rooms on the first floor.
  • A family restroom that opens onto the pool area.
  • A new roof, skylights, gutters, and downspouts.
  • Cleared underground sewer and water lines to prevent flooding.
  • New handicapped-accessible ramps to the pool area, plus emergency gates.
  • An enclosed trash area.

The work is now in the permit and bidding stages, but the Park District has put Holstein Park on a fast track for a fall start, according to project coordinator Steven Grant. “It’s going to be expensive, and messy, and much of the first floor will not be useable. But we’re going to do everything we can to keep the field house open,” he told the advisory council.

The roof work will be staggered to permit the use of the second-floor gyms, and people can access kids programs on the second floor through the main lobby. But the ground floor construction will be extensive, and the heavy cranes needed for the roof repair will likely be brought in over the playing fields.

Central to the renovation is the complete demolition of the current men’s and women’s locker rooms. New locker facilities, toilets, showers, sinks, plumbing, and fixtures will be installed in a new configuration that allows new space for activity rooms. (see diagram).

During the construction, the locker room areas will be sealed off from the existing lobby to control dust and noise. There will also be a short period when the area is sealed off to remove old asbestos materials.

Work on the roof repair and ground floor renovation will proceed simultaneously, with the roof slated for completion in mid-December and the field house re-opening set for May 2018.

Over the summer, Park Superintendent Shannon English will be working out plans to continue fall programs at the park during construction. Stay tuned for more details.

If you have ideas for how to use the new activity rooms or want to participate in the next phase of Holstein Park’s renovation, please join us at The Friends of Holstein Park. Contact: friendsofholsteinpark@gmail.com

The Friends of Holstein Park urge you to please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Holstein Park Fieldhouse Restoration Fund. With your help, we can ensure the future of this magnificent institution for generations to come.

Holstein Park at night

We Heart the Park

The Friends of Holstein Park has worked hard to maintain Holstein Park as the anchor of our community. In 2006  we helped to fund a complete rehab of the playground on the north side of Holstein Park. We have purchased air conditioners, printers, and other equipment for the gym, and deck furniture for the pool.  Donated funds also support events like our Family Workshops, classes for Park Kids at Apple, our annual Easter Egg Hunt, and the Bucktown Apple Pie Contest. 

Friends of Holstein Park is a not for profit 501(c)(3). All donations are tax deductible to the full extent of the law. You can view a PDF of our status letter here. (You need to have Adobe Reader to view this.)

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