This small playground covers 0.20 acres and it is located in the Uptown neighborhood (1 ½ blocks south of Lawrence Avenue and three blocks east of Clark Street).
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Chase Park.
The Chicago Park District acquired this once-vacant lot in 1971, with the help of funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Officially designated Gooseberry Park in 1974, the playground was one of a number of parks named for trees and plants at this time. The edible gooseberry has been widely celebrated in festival and song. Gooseberry fairs and shows were common entertainments in Elizabethan England. Since at least 1700, "gooseberry fool" has been a favorite British dessert. This fruit trifle is made from crushed stewed or scalded gooseberries mixed with milk, cream, or custard.