Chicago Park District
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Franklin Park

4320 W. 15th St. Chicago IL 60623

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm

Sa-Su, 9am - 5pm,

Park Supervisor:
Jacquelyn Anderson

(312) 747-7676

 
 
 

Description

Located in the North Lawndale Community, Franklin Park totals [8.4] acres and features a field house kitchen, gymnasium and meeting rooms. Outside, the park features a swimming pool, refurbished basketball courts with the NIKE logo, athletic field for soccer and football, playground and interactive water spray pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as the basketball courts.

Park-goers can play basketball, baseball and swim at the facility. After school programs are offered throughout the school year and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Franklin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and holiday events like Eater Bunny activities.

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Monday, February 24 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Monday, April 7 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18. 

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4320 W. 15th St. 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4320 W. 15th St. 3
Fieldhouse 4320 W. 15th St. 0
Football / Soccer - Grass 4320 W. 15th St. 1
Gymnasiums 4320 W. 15th St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4320 W. 15th St. 7
Playgrounds 4320 W. 15th St. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Swimming Pools - Outdoor 4320 W. 15th St. 0 Pool Closed for the Season. Accessibility feature: Lift
Water Playgrounds 4320 W. 15th St. 1
In 1914, renowned landscape architect Jens Jensen presented a plan for Franklin Park that was considered a "radical change" from earlier neighborhood parks. An innovative system of south side parks had inspired the West Park Commission to begin creating its own neighborhood parks in 1907. The small sites and numerous space requirements limited Jensen's ability to incorporate naturalistic elements. After several years of experimentation, Jensen created Franklin Park, evocative of the native Illinois landscape, though only 8.5 acres in size. Minimizing the amount of space devoted to indoor facilities, Jensen included playing fields enclosed by native plantings, a bird garden, and a shady "old folks corner." Irregularly-shaped pools with rocky ledges emulated country swimming holes. In the "spirit of Indian lore," the park also had an area for a campfire on the player's green, an elevated "clearing" used for outdoor dramatics and small gatherings. Despite Jensen's intention to devote the park primarily to outdoor activities, there were increasing demands for additional indoor facilities. In 1926, the park's original fieldhouse was expanded to meet these needs, but demand continued to grow. Finally, in 1972, the Chicago Park District replaced the original building with a larger, modern fieldhouse. In addition, changing recreational needs unfortunately led to the demise of Franklin Park's historic landscape elements. The park honors inventor, author, and American patriot, Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790). Having begun his career as a printer, Franklin became editor and owner of the Philadelphia Gazette. After inventing the Franklin stove in 1744, he conducted the earliest studies identifying lightning as electricity, including the famous kite-flying experiment. As a member of the Continental Congress, Franklin signed the Declaration of Independence. Franklin served as Ambassador to France, and later as a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Contact: Sharmaine Miller

Contact Title: Treasurer

Phone: (773) 858-6140

Email: sharmill28@yahoo.com

Meeting Date/Time: 3rd Thrusday of the month at 6:00 p.m.

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

 

 

Accessibility Information

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