New athletic field in Jackson Park

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Members of the Chicago Bears team and leadership were in Jackson Park Saturday for a special ribbon cutting.

Members of the Chicago Bears team and leadership were in Jackson Park Saturday for a special ribbon cutting.

As part of a special public-private community investment initiative, several athletic fields in the city got new artificial turf so that youth could use the fields, run by the Chicago Park District, yearround.

Take the Field, as the program is called, brought the McCaskey Family, owners of the Chicago Bears, the team’s non-profit Bears Cares, as well as Bears players Israel Idonije and D.J. Moore, to Jackson Park to help the community cut the ribbon on its new field.

Idonije and Moore coached a scrimmage before the official ceremony.

Coming out to support the city’s youth is “critical. That’s what community is all about, coming together,” the Bears No. 71, Idonije, told the Defender.

Through the program, private investors will help the city build the fields at 10 sites, three of which, including Jackson Park, opened Saturday.

“No one…does what Chicago does for it’s children,” Mayor Rahm Emanuel said at the Jackson Park event.

He praised “public and private partnerships” for “investing in our neighborhoods, investing in our communities.”

Copyright 2011 Chicago Defender

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