Lake Meadows Park

  • 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jamal Burton (Anderson Playground Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6007

Located in the Douglas community, Lake Meadows Park totals 10.11 acres. The park's amenities include stately shade trees, a playground, basketball courts and an athletic field for baseball, football or soccer. The playground was remodeled in 2016 as part of the Chicago Plays! Program. 

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. For year round programs and after school activities, patrons can visit nearby Anderson Playground Park.

 

History

During and after World War I, many African-Americans arrived in the Douglas neighborhood from the rural south, and the community soon became the heart of Black Chicago. By the early 1940s, government urban renewal projects led to the demolition of much of the neighborhood's aging housing stock. New construction, primarily in the form of public housing, took its place. In the 1950s, the Chicago Land Clearance Commission purchased and leveled 100 acres of decaying buildings around 31st Street and South Parkway (now Martin Luther King Drive). The commission sold much of the property to private developers for construction of Lake Meadows, an enormous residential and commercial complex designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. The developers hoped to attract residents of various racial and economic backgrounds and to promote community renewal. In the mid-1950s, the Land Clearance Commission sold additional acreage to both the Chicago Park District and the Board of Education. After developing a plan for its newly-acquired property in 1957, the park district improved it with a playground, an athletic field, and a shaded lawn for picnicking and public events. Adjacent John J. Pershing Elementary School was completed in 1958, and the park district immediately began to manage the school grounds as part of the park. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, improvements included additional trees and a new soft surface playground. A mobile trailer provides fieldhouse facilities for Lake Meadows Park.

Parking/Directions

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

Lake Meadows Diamond Softball

Lake Meadows Diamond Softball

Location Notes: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Basketball

Lake Meadows Basketball

Location Notes: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Football/Soccer

Lake Meadows Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Lake Meadows Playground

Lake Meadows PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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Description

Located in the Douglas community, Lake Meadows Park totals 10.11 acres. The park's amenities include stately shade trees, a playground, basketball courts and an athletic field for baseball, football or soccer. The playground was remodeled in 2016 as part of the Chicago Plays! Program. 

Park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. For year round programs and after school activities, patrons can visit nearby Anderson Playground Park.

 

During and after World War I, many African-Americans arrived in the Douglas neighborhood from the rural south, and the community soon became the heart of Black Chicago. By the early 1940s, government urban renewal projects led to the demolition of much of the neighborhood's aging housing stock. New construction, primarily in the form of public housing, took its place. In the 1950s, the Chicago Land Clearance Commission purchased and leveled 100 acres of decaying buildings around 31st Street and South Parkway (now Martin Luther King Drive). The commission sold much of the property to private developers for construction of Lake Meadows, an enormous residential and commercial complex designed by the architecture firm of Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill. The developers hoped to attract residents of various racial and economic backgrounds and to promote community renewal. In the mid-1950s, the Land Clearance Commission sold additional acreage to both the Chicago Park District and the Board of Education. After developing a plan for its newly-acquired property in 1957, the park district improved it with a playground, an athletic field, and a shaded lawn for picnicking and public events. Adjacent John J. Pershing Elementary School was completed in 1958, and the park district immediately began to manage the school grounds as part of the park. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, improvements included additional trees and a new soft surface playground. A mobile trailer provides fieldhouse facilities for Lake Meadows Park.

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