Chicago Park District
Douglas Park

Douglas Park

 
Douglas Fieldhouse

Douglas Fieldhouse

 
Douglas Park Pond

Douglas Park Pond

 
Douglas Park Pool

Douglas Park Pool

 

Douglas Park

1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Chicago IL 60623

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm, Fieldhouse: M-F 9 am - 8:00pm

Sa 9am - 5pm Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Angela Sallis

(773) 762-2842

 
 
 

Description

Located in the North Lawndale community and parts of the area known as Pilsen, Douglas Park Cultural & Community Center totals 218 acres.  Douglas Park is a historic regional park with features that include 2 gymnasiums, an auditorium, computer lab, fitness center, a kitchen, grand ball room, and meeting rooms. Outdoors, the park offers tennis courts, a game day football stadium, outdoor pool, water spray features, basketball courts, an artificial turf soccer field, a pavilion, baseball fields, and a small golf putting range. In collaboration with the Chicago Bulls Basketball organization the children’s computer learning lab serves the children of the community. In partnership, with Ravinia, the park is host to a series of summer concerts and the annual Junta Hispana festival in July.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility or take a creative writing class. On the cultural side, Douglas Park offers dance, arts, performing arts and theatre. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and specialty arts camps.

Adults participate in a range of activities, including working out at the fitness center, aerobics and conditioning. Families can also participate in the monthly “Bring the Family to the Table” free nutritional meal offered in partnership with the Greater Chicago Food Depository

In addition to programs, Douglas Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park.

7/11/2012
Inaugural Westside Music Festival Kicks Off July 21
The Chicago Park District and the Chicago Community Trust present the Chicago Westside Music Festival, an admission-free concert series at three parks... Read more
 
MAY
31
Get Movin - Running Clinic at Douglas
Event's details
May 31, 2014

Time:09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
1401 S. Sacramento Dr. Chicago IL 60623


 
(09:00 AM - 10:00 AM)
 
 

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Monday, February 24 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Monday, April 7 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  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. 

Join us! 

 
 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Concessions Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento 1 Food & Beverage, 12pm - 8pm, 773.522.2000
Concessions Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento 1 Food & Beverage, 4:30pm - 7:30pm, 773.663.1117
Cultural Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Fieldhouse 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0
Fishing Areas 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Fitness Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1 M.-F. 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm Sign up for a membershipADA Accessible Equipment
Football / Soccer - Grass 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 6
Football / Soccer - Turf 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Gardens corner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave. Ornamental 1 Formal Gardens
Golf Facilities 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 2
Gymnasiums 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Lagoons and Ponds 1401 S. Sacramento Ave. 1 Douglas Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 7
Playgrounds 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 5
Prairies & Grasslands 1401 S. Sacramento Ave. 1 Douglas Park Golf Course
Swimming Pools - Outdoor 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 0 Pool Closed for the Season. Accessibility feature: Lift
Tennis Courts 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Water Spray Features 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1
Wellness Centers 1401 S. Sacramento Dr. 1

In 1869, the Illinois state legislature established the West Park Commission, which was responsible for three large parks and interlinking boulevards. Later that year, the commissioners named the southernmost park in honor of Stephen A. Douglas (1813-1861). Best remembered for his pre-Civil War presidential defeat by Abraham Lincoln despite superb oratorical skills, Douglas was a United States Senator who helped bring the Illinois Central Railroad to Chicago. In 1871, designer William Le Baron Jenney completed plans for the entire West Park System which included Douglas, Garfield, and Humboldt parks. Jenney's engineering expertise was especially helpful for transforming Douglas Park's poor natural site into parkland. He had sand and manure from the Chicago Stock Yards added to the marshy site. In the center of the landscape, Jenney created a picturesque lake. A small section of the park was formally opened in 1879. In 1895, members of several German turners' clubs petitioned for an outdoor gymnasium in Douglas Park. The following year, this resulted in the construction of one of Chicago's first public facilities with outdoor gymnasium, swimming pool, and natatorium.

By the turn of the century, the West Park Commission was riddled with political graft, and the three parks became dilapidated. As part of a reform effort in 1905, Jens Jensen was appointed as General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect for the entire West Park System. Jensen, now recognized as Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture, improved deteriorating sections of the parks and added new features. Among Jensen's improvements were a semi-circular entryway at Marshall Blvd., and a formal garden at the corner of Ogden Ave. and Sacremento Dr. By the time Jensen designed the garden, Ogden Avenue, a diagonal roadway with a major streetcar thoroughfare, had already been constructed. The road divided the park into two separate landscapes, creating a busy intersection at the juncture of Ogden and Sacramento Avenues. Jensen's solution was a long axial garden on the southeast side of the intersection, providing a buffer between Ogden Ave. and playfields to the south.

At the entrance to the garden, the area closest to the busy roadway intersection, Jensen placed a monumental garden shelter, known as Flower Hall, and a formal reflecting pool. The designer of the structure is unknown, however, it was possibly Jensen himself, or his friend, Prairie School architect Hugh Garden. East of the building, the garden becomes more naturalistic. Jensen included perennial beds, a lily pool, and unique Prairie-style benches. In 1928, the West Park Commission contructed a fieldhouse in Douglas Park. The structure was designed by architects Michaelsen and Rognstad, who were also responsible for other notable buildings including the Garfield Park Gold Dome Building, the Humboldt and LaFolette Park Fieldhouses, and the On Leong Chinese Merchant's Association Building in Chinatown. In 1934, Douglas Park became part of the Chicago Park District, when the city's 22 independent park commissions merged into a single citywide agency.

Contact: Autumn Berg

Contact Title: Secretary

Phone: (773) 575-6819

Email: herb_berg@hotmail.com

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

 

 

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