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

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

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.

Summer Programs

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.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 14, 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
Clubhouse Camp at Lake Meadows 82156CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$235.00
Day Camp at Lake Meadows 82267CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$235.00
Early Bird Camp at Lake Meadows 82380CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$80.00
Extended Camp at Lake Meadows 82456CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$80.00

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Description

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.