La Villita Park

  • 2800 S. Sacramento   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: Park Hours: Open: 6:00AM until 11:00PM
  • Park Supervisor: Andrew Del Rivero (Piotrowski Park)
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-4801

The newest park serving the South Lawndale Community.   The new park features include two artificial turf athletic fields with lighting; three natural grass athletic fields; a skate park; basketball courts; community gardens; passive landscape areas; a large playground with a water spray feature; a picnic pavilion; comfort stations that include concessions; a multi-use trail with fitness stations; and environmentally-friendly utilities.

While there will be limited structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Piotrowski Park.

 

 

History

La Villita History


Dedicated in December of 2014, La Villita Park is an impressive 21 ½ acre park in the Little Village neighborhood of the South Lawndale Community.  It occupies a former brownfield called Celotex in reference a former industrial complex that had polluted and degraded the site.  Designated by the EPA as a Superfund site, the property went through remediation.  The clean up process was completed in 2009 and the Chicago Park District acquired the site in 2012.  The new park is extremely significant to the surrounding Little Village neighborhood.  Not only does this area have one of the highest needs for open space in Chicago, but its residents long-contended with the negative consequences of living near a polluted site. 

For years, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) had advocated for cleaning up this site and converting it to parkland. The Chicago Park District worked closely with LVEJO and Little Village community members to develop plans for the new park. Designed by Smith Group JJR the $ 18,920,000 park (including acquisition costs) has two artificial turf athletic fields with lighting; three natural grass athletic fields; a skate park; basketball courts; community gardens; passive landscape areas; a large playground with a water spray feature; a picnic pavilion; comfort stations with concessions; a multi-use trail with fitness stations; and environmentally-friendly utilities.

LVEJO conducted a democratic and inclusive process to identify an appropriate name for the new park.  The organization discussed possible names at several community meetings and then engaged more than 700 residents in an on-line survey.  There was strong consensus for naming the site as La Villita Park. The name recognizes the vitality of a great immigrant neighborhoods as well as the contributions Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans have made to Little Village and the city of Chicago. 

 

Park/ La Villita Park Playground

Park/ La Villita Park PlaygroundAccessible

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Events

MAY
19

Zumba at La Villita

Location: La Villita Park, Chicago, IL  60608

JUN
16

Zumba at La Villita

Location: La Villita Park, Chicago, IL  60608

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
Conditioning at La Villita 198214InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/05/09 15:00From May 9, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at La Villita 194093CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$216.00
Soccer League at La Villita 201603Individual_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upMale2017/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 3pm
$80.00

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The newest park serving the South Lawndale Community.   The new park features include two artificial turf athletic fields with lighting; three natural grass athletic fields; a skate park; basketball courts; community gardens; passive landscape areas; a large playground with a water spray feature; a picnic pavilion; comfort stations that include concessions; a multi-use trail with fitness stations; and environmentally-friendly utilities.

While there will be limited structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Piotrowski Park.

 

 

La Villita History


Dedicated in December of 2014, La Villita Park is an impressive 21 ½ acre park in the Little Village neighborhood of the South Lawndale Community.  It occupies a former brownfield called Celotex in reference a former industrial complex that had polluted and degraded the site.  Designated by the EPA as a Superfund site, the property went through remediation.  The clean up process was completed in 2009 and the Chicago Park District acquired the site in 2012.  The new park is extremely significant to the surrounding Little Village neighborhood.  Not only does this area have one of the highest needs for open space in Chicago, but its residents long-contended with the negative consequences of living near a polluted site. 

For years, the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) had advocated for cleaning up this site and converting it to parkland. The Chicago Park District worked closely with LVEJO and Little Village community members to develop plans for the new park. Designed by Smith Group JJR the $ 18,920,000 park (including acquisition costs) has two artificial turf athletic fields with lighting; three natural grass athletic fields; a skate park; basketball courts; community gardens; passive landscape areas; a large playground with a water spray feature; a picnic pavilion; comfort stations with concessions; a multi-use trail with fitness stations; and environmentally-friendly utilities.

LVEJO conducted a democratic and inclusive process to identify an appropriate name for the new park.  The organization discussed possible names at several community meetings and then engaged more than 700 residents in an on-line survey.  There was strong consensus for naming the site as La Villita Park. The name recognizes the vitality of a great immigrant neighborhoods as well as the contributions Mexican immigrants and Mexican Americans have made to Little Village and the city of Chicago.