Lake Meadows Park

  • 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Donald Serio
  • Phone: (312) 747-6287

Located in the Douglas Community Area, Lake Meadows Park totals 10.11 acres a mobile trailer provides fieldhouse facility. Adjacent to John J. Pershing Elementary School amenities include shade trees and a soft surface playground, basketball courts and an athletic field for baseball, football or soccer.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports 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, Lake Meadows Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and Halloween pumpkin patches.

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

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Lake Meadows Diamond Softball

Lake Meadows Diamond Softball

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Basketball

Lake Meadows Basketball

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Park

Lake Meadows Park

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Lake Meadows Fieldhouse

Lake Meadows Fieldhouse

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Football/Soccer

Lake Meadows Football/Soccer

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Clubroom

Lake Meadows Clubroom

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Lake Meadows Playground

Lake Meadows Playground

Location: 3117 S. Rhodes Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Boot Camp at Lake Meadows 92447InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Drop-in at Lake Meadows 110702InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$100.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Lake Meadows 94063InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$100.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Lake Meadows 94128Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$300.00
Pre-Teen Club at Lake Meadows 94242OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 13CoedFrom September 12, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Lake Meadows 94388InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom August 26, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Lake Meadows 110701OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs50 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Free

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Located in the Douglas Community Area, Lake Meadows Park totals 10.11 acres a mobile trailer provides fieldhouse facility. Adjacent to John J. Pershing Elementary School amenities include shade trees and a soft surface playground, basketball courts and an athletic field for baseball, football or soccer.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports 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, Lake Meadows Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and Halloween pumpkin patches.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 4
Community Gardens 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 1
Football / Soccer 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 1
Playgrounds 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. 1
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.