Unity Playlot Park

  • 2636 N. Kimball Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60647 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rebecca Tirado (Kosciuszko Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7546

This one-acre park is located in the Logan Square community (2 ½ blocks south of Diversey Parkway and three blocks west of Kedzie Boulevard).

As part of ChicagoPlays! Unity Park has a newly remodeled playground. During the warmer Chicago weather children can enjoy the water spray feature. Park users can also utilize a comfort station [open seasonally] and a newly furnished gazebo for community functions, which can accommodate about 15 people.

The park space is also home to a 10-foot by 20-foot Public Garden featuring perennials like hostas and day lilies, as well as lilac and sumac shrubs. While there is no year-round structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs at nearby Avondale or Kosciuszko Parks.

History

In the late 1960s, residents of the Logan Square community asked the City of Chicago convert its under-used Kimball Avenue parking facility into a much-needed playlot. In 1968, the city agreed to turn over an L-shaped, quarter-acre section of the parking lot to the Chicago Park District, which installed playground equipment at the site. By 1987, neighborhood residents had again banded together, this time to form "Citizens for a Decent Playlot." The park district began working with the community group to develop a plan for upgrading the park with additional playground equipment and plantings. Improvements were completed in part through the "sweat equity" contributions of residents, who also pledged to keep the park clean and crime-free. The rehabilitation was a great success, and the park became a haven for neighborhood children. Unfortunately, drug dealers continued to gather in the remaining portion of the adjacent city parking lot. In the 1990s, further cooperation between the city, the park district, and Logan Square residents led to the transformation of the entire parking lot into an attractive three-quarter-acre park surrounded by ornamental fencing. The park features multiple playground areas for tots and older children, a sand box, a basketball court, and an interactive waterplay area. Unity Park's name recognizes the persistent efforts of the diverse Logan Square community in making the park a reality.

Parking/Directions

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

Unity Park Community Garden

Unity Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 2636 N. Kimball

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Unity Park Playground

Unity Park Playground

Location Notes: 2636 N. Kimball

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013 - Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Unity Water Spray Feature

Unity Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 2636 N. Kimball

Notes: Closed for the season

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Description

This one-acre park is located in the Logan Square community (2 ½ blocks south of Diversey Parkway and three blocks west of Kedzie Boulevard).

As part of ChicagoPlays! Unity Park has a newly remodeled playground. During the warmer Chicago weather children can enjoy the water spray feature. Park users can also utilize a comfort station [open seasonally] and a newly furnished gazebo for community functions, which can accommodate about 15 people.

The park space is also home to a 10-foot by 20-foot Public Garden featuring perennials like hostas and day lilies, as well as lilac and sumac shrubs. While there is no year-round structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs at nearby Avondale or Kosciuszko Parks.

In the late 1960s, residents of the Logan Square community asked the City of Chicago convert its under-used Kimball Avenue parking facility into a much-needed playlot. In 1968, the city agreed to turn over an L-shaped, quarter-acre section of the parking lot to the Chicago Park District, which installed playground equipment at the site. By 1987, neighborhood residents had again banded together, this time to form "Citizens for a Decent Playlot." The park district began working with the community group to develop a plan for upgrading the park with additional playground equipment and plantings. Improvements were completed in part through the "sweat equity" contributions of residents, who also pledged to keep the park clean and crime-free. The rehabilitation was a great success, and the park became a haven for neighborhood children. Unfortunately, drug dealers continued to gather in the remaining portion of the adjacent city parking lot. In the 1990s, further cooperation between the city, the park district, and Logan Square residents led to the transformation of the entire parking lot into an attractive three-quarter-acre park surrounded by ornamental fencing. The park features multiple playground areas for tots and older children, a sand box, a basketball court, and an interactive waterplay area. Unity Park's name recognizes the persistent efforts of the diverse Logan Square community in making the park a reality.

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