How Brighton Park Fought for Kelly Park

August 22, 2017

Brighton Park is the most park-poor neighborhood in the city of Chicago. Kelly Park renovations began when a group of community members noticed that youth and residents were frequently using a park that was not safe for youth to play. The uneven grounds and lack of resources and investment made Kelly Park unsafe to community



In 2011 with the support of the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council (BPNC), community members decided to form a campaign to renovate Kelly Park and formally create a Kelly Park Advisory Council (KPAC). BPNC helped KPAC apply for grants to renovate Kelly Park.


One of these grants was the Cubs Charities Diamond Project grant. This grant helped us renovate our two baseball diamonds. Afterwards, we received another grant to do maintenance in the field and to purchase a new scoreboard.


These renovations are very important to our community due to the limited green space in Brighton Park. 


KPAC and Brighton Park are thankful to our partners for giving youth a safe space to play.


Thank you:


Chicago Park District

Chicago Public Schools

State Capital Funds - Senator Sandoval


U.S. Soccer Foundation,

Alderman George Cardenas

Pritzker Traubert Foundation

Cubs Charities



Learn more about Kelly Park! Read articles about KPAC 's journey to a safe Kelly Park.


Cubs, ESPN Spruce Up Park Fields In Kelly Park 

Chicagoans Have Learned to Navigate the Politics of Parks

Kelly Park Awarded $25,000 Grant To Refurbish Basketball Courts

Making Ends Meet: It Takes a Village of Funders to Re-Make a Park

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