Located in the Woodlawn community, Huckleberry Park is an idyllic location for families to spend a portion of their day relaxing, enjoying nature and the outdoors. This park contains a soft- service playground with swings, slides, and climbing elements.
The Chicago Park District acquired this park site in 1969, officially naming it Huckleberry Park in 1974. The park was one of a number of properties named for trees and plants at this time. The huckleberry, or gaylussacia, is a small evergreen shrub. Some varieties of huckleberry are grown for their attractive flowers, others for their edible fruits. The plant's Latin name honors noted French chemist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac (1778-1850). Gay-Lussac's law concerning the volume of gases permitted the development of the food-canning industry. In his time, Gay-Lussac was also known for his hot air balloon experiments. In 1804, he ascended to 22,000 feet.
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