This WTTW video highlights how Chicago neighborhood parks were the answer for urban dwellers.
'Urban parks are typically open, public places that can hold many people at once. These features have led them to be put to use as formal and informal gathering spaces, for civic or community events, and for planned or spontaneous events. Parks have even been put to unexpected dramatic use in times of crisis as a place for people to gather and for authorities to provide services to those in need.' - Urban Parks in the United States much like the Wendt Playlot on Roscoe Street. The below is from the Lake View Patch.
images - Chicago Park District history section
photo and text via Constructing Chicago
by Daniel M. Bluestone
'When Chicago was the Garden City' - 1901 Chicago Daily News
zoomed view from map above
a view of the general area in 1887
Gross Park on Henderson
image - National Archives and Records Administration
We could have had a couple acres of park at one time!
photo - Gill Park Basketball
2019 - AIDS Garden Chicago
Lincoln-Belmont Booster Newspaper
a pamphlet for the new park
and The Final Product ...
4015 N Ashland Avenue
a community shared park space
within the property of the school
their sponsors ....
This park space was the creation of a community association called Hawthorne Neighbors and the Chicago Public Schools with the assistance of the 44th Ward of Chicago. Funds
above is a Google Map view of the school's property with an X that marks the spot. Below is a concept design map of the park space along with text from the projects website.
photo - Jill Weinberg
to be located in Lincoln Park at Barry & Lake Shore Drive and near the Belmont Harbor parking lot
The Mission Statement
established in 2017
photos - their Facebook page
2022 photos - 44th Ward Office
This garden much like Sheridan Triangle Garden is supported by a neighborhood group in the Graceland West
2017 photo below - CBSChicago
This novel idea creates addition green space
'WITHIN THE IRON-WROUGHT WALLS OF American cemeteries—beneath the shade of oak trees and tombs’ stoic penumbras—you could say many people “rest in peace.” However, not so long ago, people of the still-breathing sort gathered in graveyards to rest, and dine, in peace. During the 19th century, and especially in its later years, snacking in cemeteries happened across the United States. It wasn’t just apple-munching alongside the winding avenues of graveyards. Since many municipalities still lacked proper recreational areas, many people had full-blown picnics in their local cemeteries. The tombstone-laden fields were the closest things, then, to modern-day public parks.' - Altas Obsura
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