Mt. Greenwood Park

  • 3721 W. 111th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: John Foran
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6564

Located in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood, Mt. Greenwood Park totals 24.38 acres and features a gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include two gardens. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, ice rink, a gleaming interactive musical playground, White Sox Baseball Miracle Field (ADA accessible), eleven ball fields, and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, Therapeutic Recreation, and softball leagues. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Mt. Greenwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including our Pumpkin Patch and other holiday-themed events.

History

Mount Greenwood Park takes its name from the surrounding community. In 1879, George Waite obtained a state charter to develop a large cemetery on a low ridge west of 111th Street. The ridge, covered with oaks, hickory, aspen, and other trees, inspired the moniker Mount Greenwood. As a steady stream of visitors came to the beautiful cemetery, inns, restaurants, and shops soon opened nearby, forming the basis for the new Mount Greenwood community. Incorporated as a village in 1907, Mount Greenwood was annexed to Chicago twenty years later. The neighborhood had few modern services until 1936, when the Federal Works Progress Administration installed sewers and street lights, and paved the streets. With these improvements, Mount Greenwood's population soared, nearly tripling between 1940 and 1950. The booming Mount Greenwood community was among the neighborhoods identified for park development in the Chicago Park District's Ten Year Plan to provide increased recreational opportunities in post-World War II Chicago. In 1946, the Mount Greenwood Civic Council urged the acquisition of vacant Board of Education land along 111th Street. The park district purchased the 24-acre site in 1949, and slowly began improving the property. The park district constructed a fieldhouse in 1966, and added a swimming pool in 1973. The 1990s brought further improvements such as refrigerated ice skating rink provides winter recreation. Several features of Mount Greenwood Park honor noted local citizens. A parking area is dedicated to Frederick G. Abrams, Sr. a Chicago Alderman and Treasurer of the Village of Mount Greenwood from 1918 to 1927. A baseball diamond bears the name Rooney Field, in honor of Rooney Richardson, who took an active role in community affairs. The Chicago Park District and Mount Greenwood Advisory Council worked with elected officials to raise $1.2 million for a fullyaccessible soft surface playground dedicated in 2008. The playground includes interactive art components which were designed by local artists through the Chicago Public Art Group. Community workshops inspired the artworks which range from a series of mosaic obelisks to metal sculptural musical elements.

Parking/Directions

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

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Mt. Greenwood Diamonds

Mt. Greenwood Diamonds

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Mt. Greenwood Garden

Mt. Greenwood Garden

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St.

Notes: Community Garden

Mt. Greenwood Fieldhouse

Mt. Greenwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Hours: ,

Mt. Greenwood Football/Soccer

Mt. Greenwood Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Descriptors: Grass

Mt. Greenwood Gymnasium

Mt. Greenwood Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Mt. Greenwood Ice Rink

Mt. Greenwood Ice Rink

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Phone: (312)747-3690

Descriptors: Outdoor

Mt. Greenwood Clubroom

Mt. Greenwood Clubroom

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Mt. Greenwood Playground

Mt. Greenwood PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Agricultural High School Pool

Agricultural High School PoolAccessible (1)

Location: 3801 W 111th St.

Hours:

Phone: (773)535-2500

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, ADA Lift

Mt. Greenwood Park Pool

Mt. Greenwood Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-6564

Descriptors: Outdoor, ADA Lift

Get a Summer Open Swim Pass for Mt. Greenwood Park: Monthly or Seasonal Pass

Notice Valid From: 6/8/2016 - 9/5/2016

6/17-6/19 & 8/29-9/5 Mt. Greenwood Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/3/2016 - 9/6/2016

6/20-7/4 & 8/13-8/28 Mt. Greenwood Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/3/2016 - 8/29/2016

7/5-8/12 Mt. Greenwood Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 6/3/2016 - 8/13/2016

Mt. Greenwood Tennis Court

Mt. Greenwood Tennis Court

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Mt. Greenwood Spray Pool

Mt. Greenwood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3721 W. 111th St

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

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
16" Softball League at Mt. Greenwood 139905Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/08 17:00From May 8, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$208.00
16" Softball League at Mt. Greenwood 139906Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upFemale2016/05/08 20:00From May 8, 2016 to August 7, 2016
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
$208.00
16" Softball League at Mt. Greenwood 139904Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/09 23:30From May 9, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$208.00
16" Softball League at Mt. Greenwood 139903Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/10 23:30From May 10, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$208.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Mt. Greenwood 154343OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Adult Swim at Mt. Greenwood 154343OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Adult Swim at Mt. Greenwood 154343OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise (Special Rec) at Mt. Greenwood 159015InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/06 22:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Mt. Greenwood 154497Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/05/31 22:30From May 31, 2016 to July 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 9:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$52.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Mt. Greenwood 154581CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 16Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3:15pm
$265.00
Day Camp at Mt. Greenwood 154650CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:30From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$359.00
Family Swim at Mt. Greenwood 154776OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Sunday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Mt. Greenwood 154792InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 16 but less than 67Coed2016/07/06 21:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$17.00
Golf (Special Recreation) at Mt. Greenwood 154847InstructionSports - GolfAt least 12 but less than 67Coed2016/07/05 22:00From July 5, 2016 to July 19, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155043InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155042InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Nature Fun at Mt. Greenwood 155112InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/07/08 15:00From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11:30am
$27.00
Open Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155130OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Plus the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016 from 11am to 1pm
$0
Open Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155130OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Plus the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016 from 11am to 1pm
$0
Open Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155130OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Plus the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016 from 11am to 1pm
$0
Open Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155130OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 3:30pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3:15pm
Plus the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016 from 11am to 1pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155170OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:50am
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:50am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155170OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:50am
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:50am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Mt. Greenwood 155170OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 10:50am
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:50am
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Play Camp at Mt. Greenwood 155236CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11:45am
$161.00
Play Camp at Mt. Greenwood 155237CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/07/05 17:30From July 5, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3:15pm
$161.00
Quilting at Mt. Greenwood 155494InstructionCulture and Arts - TextilesAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$22.00
Quilting at Mt. Greenwood 155493InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles60 and upCoed2016/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2016 to August 10, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Mt. Greenwood 155601InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs16 and upCoed2016/07/07 21:00From July 7, 2016 to August 11, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
$52.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Mt. Greenwood 155604InstructionSports - Bowling16 and upCoed2016/07/08 20:30From July 8, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$52.00
TEAM Sports at Mt. Greenwood 155673InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Mt. Greenwood 155673InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Mt. Greenwood 155673InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$28.00

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Located in the Mt. Greenwood neighborhood, Mt. Greenwood Park totals 24.38 acres and features a gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of the park include two gardens. Outside, the park offers a swimming pool, ice rink, a gleaming interactive musical playground, White Sox Baseball Miracle Field (ADA accessible), eleven ball fields, and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, preschool activities, Therapeutic Recreation, and softball leagues. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Special Recreation Camp.

In addition to programs, Mt. Greenwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including our Pumpkin Patch and other holiday-themed events.

Mount Greenwood Park takes its name from the surrounding community. In 1879, George Waite obtained a state charter to develop a large cemetery on a low ridge west of 111th Street. The ridge, covered with oaks, hickory, aspen, and other trees, inspired the moniker Mount Greenwood. As a steady stream of visitors came to the beautiful cemetery, inns, restaurants, and shops soon opened nearby, forming the basis for the new Mount Greenwood community. Incorporated as a village in 1907, Mount Greenwood was annexed to Chicago twenty years later. The neighborhood had few modern services until 1936, when the Federal Works Progress Administration installed sewers and street lights, and paved the streets. With these improvements, Mount Greenwood's population soared, nearly tripling between 1940 and 1950. The booming Mount Greenwood community was among the neighborhoods identified for park development in the Chicago Park District's Ten Year Plan to provide increased recreational opportunities in post-World War II Chicago. In 1946, the Mount Greenwood Civic Council urged the acquisition of vacant Board of Education land along 111th Street. The park district purchased the 24-acre site in 1949, and slowly began improving the property. The park district constructed a fieldhouse in 1966, and added a swimming pool in 1973. The 1990s brought further improvements such as refrigerated ice skating rink provides winter recreation. Several features of Mount Greenwood Park honor noted local citizens. A parking area is dedicated to Frederick G. Abrams, Sr. a Chicago Alderman and Treasurer of the Village of Mount Greenwood from 1918 to 1927. A baseball diamond bears the name Rooney Field, in honor of Rooney Richardson, who took an active role in community affairs. The Chicago Park District and Mount Greenwood Advisory Council worked with elected officials to raise $1.2 million for a fullyaccessible soft surface playground dedicated in 2008. The playground includes interactive art components which were designed by local artists through the Chicago Public Art Group. Community workshops inspired the artworks which range from a series of mosaic obelisks to metal sculptural musical elements.

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