Chicago Park District
541 N. Fairbanks Ct., 7th
For Immediate Release: Contact: Marta Juaniza, 312-742-4798
March 10, 2010 Jessica Maxey-Faulkner, 312-742-4786
PARKWAYS FOUNDATION PROVIDES OVER $200,000 FOR
CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT DAY CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS
Parents Can Confirm Eligibility March 18 & 20 at 9 Citywide Locations
Thanks to a grant of over $200,000 from Parkways Foundation, the nonprofit arm
of the Chicago Park District, eligible Chicago families will receive scholarships for
the popular summer day camp program. The grant will allow the Chicago Park
District to subsidize eligible children at a rate of 50% or 75% of the cost to attend
the six-week long session.
“Few of us remain unaffected by this difficult economy,” said Chicago Park
District General Superintendent and CEO Tim Mitchell. “As a result, many families
must eliminate the expense of summer programs in order to afford their basic
needs. This scholarship will help eligible families participate in day camp at a
fraction of the cost.”
To apply for a scholarship, families must show proof of participation in the federal
free or reduced-lunch program. Families who do not participate in the federal
lunch program can submit their most recent federal 1040 tax form and copies of
their pay stubs for the last 30 days, or their AFDC/TANF case number, as proof of
income. The information submitted is confidential and may not be a matter of
the public record of the Chicago Park District.
Scholarship awards are only available to City of Chicago residents. Applicants
must have current proof of residency such as a driver’s license, state
identification card, Medicaid card, rental lease, mortgage statement or utility
Thursday, March 18 from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 20 from 9 a.m.
– 12 p.m.,
parents can submit required paperwork to see if they qualify at
designated “scholarship processing centers” at nine citywide parks. Applicants
must bring copies of documents listed above to one of the following processing
1312 S. Racine Ave.
500 S. Central Ave.
2210 W. Pershing Rd.
White (Willye B.) Park
1610 W. Howard St.
2036 N. Avers St.
4100 N. Long Ave.
6734 S. Kedzie Ave.
5531 S. Martin Luther King Dr.
501 E. 90th Pl.
If approved, parents can apply their scholarship at any Chicago Park District day
camp location pending availability.
Scholarship award approval does not
guarantee a slot(s) in the day camp programs applicants specify on their
The applicant is responsible for registering in-person at the related park(s) for the
programs. In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 24 at most parks. To
receive the scholarship award, the applicant’s copy of the approved scholarship
form must be presented to the park(s) when registering. Scholarship award
usage is only available for in-person registration. It is not available for on-line
Deferred scholarship awards are limited and subject to availability, without
regard to race, color, nationality, religion, gender, age, or disability
Patrons that do not qualify for the scholarship program can participate in the
“payment plan” option that is only offered when registering in-person.
It is not
available for on-line registration.
•A minimum of 50% of all camp fees are due at the time of registration.
registration begins at the parks Saturday, April 24.
The final balance due must be paid in full by June 14, 2010.
A 15% charge will be applied to all refund requests. Refunds will not be issued
once camps have started.
For more information, call the scholarship information line at 312.742.5734.
Parents can start planning for summer by viewing summer day camp and
program offerings beginning Monday, April 5 on-line. Each summer, the
Chicago Park District provides more than 30,000 campers ages 6-12 with a
season of supervised activity at more than 200 local parks. Standard day camps
are six-week sessions running June 28 – Aug. 6.
ABOUT THE CHICAGO PARK DISTRICT
For more information about the Chicago Park District’s more than 7,600 acres of
parkland, 570 parks, 26 miles of lakefront, 10 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16
historic lagoons, nearly 50 natural areas, thousands of special events, sports and
entertaining programs, please visitwww.chicagoparkdistrict.com
or contact the
Chicago Park District at 312/742.PLAY or 312/747.2001 (TTY).
ABOUT PARKWAYS FOUNDATION
Parkways Foundation invests in Chicago’s parks to enrich communities through historic
preservation, environmental initiatives, capital projects and youth/family programs.
Parkways is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to working with the
Chicago Park District in a true public/private partnership.