Cal Ripken, Jr. recently joined the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation in Chicago to unveil a multisport, synthetic turf Youth Development Park in the Dunning neighborhood of Chicago.

Read-Dunning Park is lined for youth baseball/softball and soccer play and complete with a digital scoreboard, backstop, dugouts and fencing. Chicago Parks District will manage and maintain the field and work closely with the Ripken Foundation to create programs to engage at-risk young people. The programs will address a variety of youth development needs, which include character development, health and physical education, and culture and history.

Read-Dunning Park was made in part by a generous $5 million donation to the Ripken Foundation from Dan Towriss and Group1001, used to build a total of 10 Youth Development Parks over five years in 10 cities across the country. It is also supported by Chicago Cubs Charities and other local donors.

To date, the Ripken Foundation has completed 84 multipurpose synthetic turf facilities in 22 states and Washington D.C. Read-Dunning Park is the second Ripken Foundation Youth Development Park, joining Freedom Field at Marquette Park located near Chicago’s South Side.

While in town, Cal particpated in media interviews to help spread the good news: