SOUTH LOOP – One of the city’s most famous basketball courts is getting a makeover, thanks to the Chicago Park District.
Work is underway to redevelop the basketball court at Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park, 1735 S. State. St., featuring a new half-court, bleachers, benches, lighting and a water fountain. Landscaping and improvements to make the park more accessible are also underway.
The project will cost $ 500,000 and should be completed by next spring.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held on August 30 in the park, where Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd) was joined by officials from the Park District and DePaul University.
The university will serve as stewards of the park, adding the location to its community cleanups. The renovations will also allow DePaul to bring more basketball programs to the community, Dowell said.
“Lin Park has been an indispensable resource in the South Loop neighborhood for many years,” she said. “It was time for a facelift; and I’m happy to join the Chicago Park District, DePaul University, and members of the South Loop and Chinatown neighborhood to work together to bring Lin Park into the 21st century.
The park, named after one of the city’s first Chinese doctors, has served as a rocky backdrop for a number of commercials featuring soccer players like Michael Jordan and Derrick Rose.
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