Ginkgo Playlot Park

  • 1448 S. Trumbull Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jacquelyn Anderson (Franklin Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-7676

This small playground is located in the North Lawndale Community. The park features a playground and water fountain. 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 Franklin Park for recreation in the gym and fun in the outdoor pool.

History

The Chicago Park District purchased this once-vacant lot in 1969, with the help of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Officially designated Gingko Park in 1974, the playlot was one of a number of parks named for trees and plants at this time. The gingko is a deciduous tree with unusual broad, fan-shaped, heavily-veined leaves that turn from pale green to bright yellow in the fall. Often called a living fossil, the gingko is the sole survivor of a primeval order of plants that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. Buddhist monks in ancient China apparently preserved the tree by cultivating it in their monastery gardens. Interestingly, the ancient tree has proved ideal for modern urban environments, tolerating the effects of pollution and poor-quality soil with relative ease.

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This small playground is located in the North Lawndale Community. The park features a playground and water fountain. 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 Franklin Park for recreation in the gym and fun in the outdoor pool.

The Chicago Park District purchased this once-vacant lot in 1969, with the help of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Officially designated Gingko Park in 1974, the playlot was one of a number of parks named for trees and plants at this time. The gingko is a deciduous tree with unusual broad, fan-shaped, heavily-veined leaves that turn from pale green to bright yellow in the fall. Often called a living fossil, the gingko is the sole survivor of a primeval order of plants that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. Buddhist monks in ancient China apparently preserved the tree by cultivating it in their monastery gardens. Interestingly, the ancient tree has proved ideal for modern urban environments, tolerating the effects of pollution and poor-quality soil with relative ease.

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