Dunbar Park

  • 300 E. 31st St.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Don Serio
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-5962

This small playground is located in the Douglas Community.   The park features a soft surface playground, water feature, baseball diamonds, athletic fields, picnic groves, tennis courts, track,batting cage and reading garden   It is an active community park. 

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Lake Meadows Park for recreation.

History

The elegant south side Douglas community became densely populated during World War I, as an influx of African-Americans from the rural south settled there. Many lovely mansions were quickly divided into multiple unit apartments to accommodate the large numbers of new arrivals to the area. The Douglas community went through further decline during the Great Depression and experienced additional population increases during World War II. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a number of neighborhood revitalization initiatives emerged. Among them, the Lake Meadows Apartments were created by private developers and included 2,000 new housing units, shops, and a commercial building. In 1956, the Board of Education constructed Paul Dunbar High School nearby. Four years later, the Chicago Land Clearance Commission worked with the Chicago Park District to create an adjacent park. The 20-acre site was acquired in 1962, and transformed into Dunbar Park between 1964 and 1966. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), one of the nation's first critically acclaimed African-American authors, was popular with white and black audiences alike. The son of former slaves, Dunbar was raised in Dayton, Ohio. Although he was the only African-American student to attend public high school there, he was selected as editor of the school paper and president of the literary society. While working as an elevator operator, Dunbar self-published his first book of poetry, Oak and Ivy, selling copies to passengers to underwrite the costs. In 1893, Dunbar was invited to Chicago to recite poetry to audiences at the World's Columbian Exposition. Publishing two more volumes of poetry, Dunbar began giving readings throughout the United States and England. He went on to publish nine more books of poetry, five novels, four short story collections, and a play before his death at the early age of 33.

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Dunbar Playground

Dunbar Playground

Location Notes: 300 E. 31st St.

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This small playground is located in the Douglas Community.   The park features a soft surface playground, water feature, baseball diamonds, athletic fields, picnic groves, tennis courts, track,batting cage and reading garden   It is an active community park. 

While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Lake Meadows Park for recreation.

The elegant south side Douglas community became densely populated during World War I, as an influx of African-Americans from the rural south settled there. Many lovely mansions were quickly divided into multiple unit apartments to accommodate the large numbers of new arrivals to the area. The Douglas community went through further decline during the Great Depression and experienced additional population increases during World War II. In the late 1950s and early 1960s, a number of neighborhood revitalization initiatives emerged. Among them, the Lake Meadows Apartments were created by private developers and included 2,000 new housing units, shops, and a commercial building. In 1956, the Board of Education constructed Paul Dunbar High School nearby. Four years later, the Chicago Land Clearance Commission worked with the Chicago Park District to create an adjacent park. The 20-acre site was acquired in 1962, and transformed into Dunbar Park between 1964 and 1966. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), one of the nation's first critically acclaimed African-American authors, was popular with white and black audiences alike. The son of former slaves, Dunbar was raised in Dayton, Ohio. Although he was the only African-American student to attend public high school there, he was selected as editor of the school paper and president of the literary society. While working as an elevator operator, Dunbar self-published his first book of poetry, Oak and Ivy, selling copies to passengers to underwrite the costs. In 1893, Dunbar was invited to Chicago to recite poetry to audiences at the World's Columbian Exposition. Publishing two more volumes of poetry, Dunbar began giving readings throughout the United States and England. He went on to publish nine more books of poetry, five novels, four short story collections, and a play before his death at the early age of 33.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.