Smith Playlot Park

  • 9912 S. Princeton Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Sherita Taylor
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6689

Located in the Roseland community, Smith (Wendell) Park totals 3.39 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, two basketball courts, and a baseball diamond. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and baseball diamond.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, arts & crafts, and Cubs Care Baseball. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wendell Smith Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

History

In 1961, the Chicago Park District purchased property to create a park in the increasingly-populated Roseland neighborhood. By 1970, the 3-acre site included a small recreation building. Twenty years later, the park district began to manage nearly an additional acre of city-owned land as part of Wendell Smith Park. In 1975, the park was officially named for Wendell Smith (1914-1972), for whom a nearby school is also named. A sports reporter for WGN-TV and The Sun-Times, Smith, an African-American, fought for equality for black sportsmen throughout his life. He encountered discrimination early, when he was dropped from a Detroit American Legion sandlot baseball team at 16. He was reinstated only through the intervention of Henry Ford, for whom his father worked as a chef. As a young man, Smith joined the sports staff of the Pittsburgh Courier, the nation's largest African-American weekly. While working at the Courier, Smith played a significant role in breaking the baseball color line by introducing Jackie Robinson to Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, by whom Robinson was recruited. In 1947, Smith came to Chicago, joining the staff of the Chicago American, and becoming the first full-time black sportswriter on a large daily paper. Smith later moved to WGN-TV, where he was the principal evening sports announcer. At the time of his death, Smith was president of the Chicago Press Club.

Parking/Directions

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

Smith Playlot Baseball Diamond

Smith Playlot Baseball Diamond

Location Notes: 9912 S. Princeton Ave.

Smith Playlot Basketball

Smith Playlot Basketball

Location Notes: 9912 S. Princeton Ave.

Smith Playlot Fieldhouse

Smith Playlot Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 9912 S. Princeton Ave.

Hours: ,

Smith Playlot Clubroom

Smith Playlot Clubroom

Location Notes: 9912 S. Princeton Ave.

Smith Playlot Playground

Smith Playlot Playground

Location Notes: 9912 S. Princeton Ave.

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
Arts & Crafts at Smith Playlot 98699InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts35 and upCoed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$7.00
Drop-in at Smith Playlot 99470InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$1.00
Family Club at Smith Playlot 99482OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs3 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Smith Playlot 101366OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Teen Club at Smith Playlot 101699OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0

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Located in the Roseland community, Smith (Wendell) Park totals 3.39 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, two basketball courts, and a baseball diamond. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose room and baseball diamond.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, arts & crafts, and Cubs Care Baseball. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Wendell Smith Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including holiday-themed events.

In 1961, the Chicago Park District purchased property to create a park in the increasingly-populated Roseland neighborhood. By 1970, the 3-acre site included a small recreation building. Twenty years later, the park district began to manage nearly an additional acre of city-owned land as part of Wendell Smith Park. In 1975, the park was officially named for Wendell Smith (1914-1972), for whom a nearby school is also named. A sports reporter for WGN-TV and The Sun-Times, Smith, an African-American, fought for equality for black sportsmen throughout his life. He encountered discrimination early, when he was dropped from a Detroit American Legion sandlot baseball team at 16. He was reinstated only through the intervention of Henry Ford, for whom his father worked as a chef. As a young man, Smith joined the sports staff of the Pittsburgh Courier, the nation's largest African-American weekly. While working at the Courier, Smith played a significant role in breaking the baseball color line by introducing Jackie Robinson to Branch Rickey, general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, by whom Robinson was recruited. In 1947, Smith came to Chicago, joining the staff of the Chicago American, and becoming the first full-time black sportswriter on a large daily paper. Smith later moved to WGN-TV, where he was the principal evening sports announcer. At the time of his death, Smith was president of the Chicago Press Club.

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