Douglas Park

  • 1401 S. Sacramento Dr.   Chicago, Illinois 60623 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Angela Sallis
  • Park Phone: (773) 762-2842
Temporary phones at Douglas. - When attempting to contact Douglas Park by phone please call 312.288.9027. Current land lines are being repaired. We apologize for the inconvenience.

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

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Route 66

Route 66 (1)

Location Notes: Exterior of Maintenance Building

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.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Douglas Park Golf Course

Douglas Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 1401 S. Sacramento Ave.

Notes: Douglas Park Golf Course

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.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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
Adult Swim at Douglas 117068OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Cultural Camp at Douglas 115973CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
Dance Camp at Douglas 116151CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Douglas 116155CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 45Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$180.00
Drop-in Camp at Douglas 116266CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$51.00
Family Swim at Douglas 116369OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 22:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Douglas 116790InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/21 16:00From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Douglas 116788InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Douglas 116789InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Douglas 116787InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$28.00
Play Camp at Douglas 117503CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9am to 12:30pm
$125.00
Play Camp at Douglas 117502CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$125.00
POST Adult Swim at Douglas 130798OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/25 23:00From August 25, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Family Swim at Douglas 130799OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 22:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
$0
POST Family Swim at Douglas 132344OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/10 18:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:45pm
$0
POST Teen Female Swim at Douglas 132340OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/08/24 21:15From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
POST Teen Male Swim at Douglas 130802OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Douglas 130804OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 18:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$0
Sports Camp at Douglas 117650CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$240.00
TEAM Sports at Douglas 117704InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to September 7, 2015
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
Teen Swim Female at Douglas 117065OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Female2015/06/12 21:15From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Teen Swim Male at Douglas 117057OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Youth Swim at Douglas 117049OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/12 18:30From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:45pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Acting at Douglas 122253InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Adult Choir - Advanced Arts Partner at Douglas 122257PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2015/09/09 23:00From September 9, 2015 to December 9, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Adult Choir Arts Partner at Douglas 122258PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 18 but less than 62Coed2015/09/09 22:00From September 9, 2015 to December 9, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Arts & Crafts (Special Recreation) at Douglas 122346InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 8 but less than 30Coed2015/09/17 21:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Douglas 122361InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$0
Basketball at Douglas 122529InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 24, 2015
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 122727InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Chair Exercise at Douglas 122741InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Family Arts and Crafts at Douglas 122898InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts6 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at Douglas 123367InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$6.00
Leisure Education (Special Recreation) at Douglas 123544InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 18 but less than 31Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 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
$26.00
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 123735PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/05 18:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Music Arts Partner at Douglas 123736PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/05 19:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Painting at Douglas 123837InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting6 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Douglas 123859InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 19:00From September 1, 2015 to December 4, 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
$21.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Douglas 123879Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 19:00From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 2016
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
$63.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Session at Douglas 123854InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 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
$26.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Douglas 123855Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to June 3, 2016
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
$78.00
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 123902PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/08 22:00From September 8, 2015 to December 8, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 123903PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/08 23:00From September 8, 2015 to December 8, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 123899PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/05 14:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 123900PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/05 15:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Piano - Beginner Arts Partner at Douglas 123901PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/05 16:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Piano - Intermediate Arts Partner at Douglas 123937PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/05 17:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Piano Arts Partner at Douglas 123938PartnershipGroupCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 62Coed2015/09/05 18:00From September 5, 2015 to December 12, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Play School at Douglas 123962InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Douglas 124121InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Douglas 124179InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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 124373InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Douglas 124374InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports22 and upCoed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
$6.00
Yoga at Douglas 124861InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$21.00

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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.