Douglas Park

  • 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Angela Sallis
  • Park Phone: (773) 762-2842

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.

History

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.

Parking/Directions

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

Douglas Diamond Baseball

Douglas Diamond Baseball

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Basketball

Douglas Basketball

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park - Espinosa

Douglas Park - Espinosa

Location: 1401 S. Sacramento

Hours: , ,

Phone: (773)663-1117

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Douglas Park Cultural Center

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fieldhouse

Douglas Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Hours: ,

Douglas Fishing

Douglas Fishing

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Fitness Center

Douglas Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Notes: M.-F. 8am-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm Sign up for a membershipADA Accessible Equipment

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Douglas Nike Turf Field

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Soccer Fields

Douglas Soccer Fields

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Douglas Park Formal Gardens

Location Notes: corner of Sacramento Ave. and Ogden Ave.

Notes: Formal Gardens

Descriptors: Ornamental

Douglas Golf Course

Douglas Golf Course

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Gymnasium

Douglas Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Lagoon

Douglas Lagoon

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Lagoon

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Douglas Auditoriums & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Park Playground- SE

Douglas Park Playground- SE

Location Notes: Between Farrar Dr. & 18th St., southeast corner of California Ave.

Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Pool

Douglas Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Hours:

Phone: (773)762-2842

Douglas Tennis Court

Douglas Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Douglas Spray Pool

Douglas Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

 Douglas Wellness Center

Douglas Wellness Center

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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
Acting at Douglas 91842InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Adult Choir - Advanced Arts Partner at Douglas 110520PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2014/09/10 23:00From September 10, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adult Choir Arts Partner at Douglas 110519PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2014/09/10 22:00From September 10, 2014 to December 10, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 110402InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30Coed2014/09/18 21:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Douglas 92046InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Basketball at Douglas 92196InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Douglas 92514InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Chair Exercise at Douglas 110399InstructionWellness - Fitness62 and upCoed2014/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Family Arts & Crafts at Douglas 92806InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts6 and upCoed2014/09/17 23:30From September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Douglas 93483InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$5.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Douglas 93698InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 31Coed2014/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$25.00
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 110517PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2014/09/06 18:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 110518PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/06 19:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Painting at Douglas 92817InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting6 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Douglas 94044InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:00From September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 110398Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:00From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$60.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Session at Douglas 94019InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$25.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 112024Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2014 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$65.00
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110514PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/09 22:00From September 9, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110515PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/09 23:00From September 9, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110510PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/06 14:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110511PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/06 15:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 110512PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/06 16:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Piano - Intermediate Arts Partner at Douglas 110513PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/06 17:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Piano Arts Partner at Douglas 110516PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2014/09/06 18:00From September 6, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Play School at Douglas 110403InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 20:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 94349InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 94450InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 110400InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2014/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 110401InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports22 and upCoed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Yoga at Douglas 95583InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Douglas 112859InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 112862InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts Workshop - Family at Douglas 95955InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts6 and upCoed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Douglas 96008OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Cardio Conditioning at Douglas 96249InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Chair Exercise at Douglas 114649InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Douglas 97038InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 30Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$20.00
Family Painting at Douglas 96444InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting6 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Girl Scouts Partnership at Douglas 112860PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 7 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Kiddie College at Douglas 96884InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$5.00
Little Artists at Douglas 112861InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Douglas 97457InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$20.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter Session at Douglas 97453InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$20.00
Play School at Douglas 97519InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 97668InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 97730InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer at Douglas 113684InstructionSports - SoccerAnyCoed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:45pm
$5.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 112863InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 112864InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 21 but less than 40Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Storytime at Douglas 112858InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 19:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Yoga/Pilates at Douglas 98395InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00

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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.

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.

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