Landscaping Firm Helps Beautify The Lives of Chicago Youth

Research has shown a childís success depends on many things: a supportive environment, positive role models, a safe place to play and more. Unfortunately, many children do not receive these necessities, especially in large cities. However, thanks to the dedication and gratuitous nature of some area builders and contractors, one organizationís ability to help at-risk children has become more effective and efficient.

The Chicago Youth Program now has a new home with the builders of the Zaleski Center on Chicagoís south side. Located at 5400 S. Prairie St., the labor and supplies used to build this facility were donated by Magellan Development Group, Loewenberg and Associates, McHugh Construction and Countryside Industries. The Centerís grand opening was held on April 22, 2004.

While Magellan, Loewenberg and McHugh spearheaded this project, these companies called upon the landscaping expertise of Countryside Industries to make the site a beautiful, welcoming place for CYP participants and volunteers.

Before the opening of the Zaleski Center, CYP offices were housed in various office buildings around Chicago. CYP provides health, education, recreation and career assistance to high-risk children and teens in areas such as Cabrini Green, Washington Park and Uptown.

Once Countryside Industries told its suppliers of the task they were undertaking, their suppliers donated most of the plants and mulch needed for the site. In total, over 3,000 shrubs, 30 trees, more than 3,200 perennials and groundcovers, and 3,000 square yards of sod were used for the project. Countryside Industries donated most of the manpower needed to make the Zaleski Center project a reality.

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