4712 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60641
Located in the Belmont/Cragin neighborhood at the intersection of Belmont and Kilpatrick – Lucy Parsons Park is 0.32 acres and it is the gathering place for community residents of all ages.
Kids enjoy the soft-surface/ADA accessible playground that features play areas with swings, slides,activity panels and climbing elements that keep children busy. Plus,water spray area to cool off in on those warm summer days. Our older residents enjoy sitting at one of the community tables - under the shade umbrella - playing a game of cards or visiting with friends.
The Chicago Park District acquired land from the Public Building Commission of Chicago in 2001 to create this mini-park in the Portage Park Community Area. In 2004, the park was named for Lucy Parsons. Lucy Ella Gonzales Parsons (1853- 1942) is nationally important for her role in labor reform and the efforts for women’s rights. Born of a mixed Native American, African American, and possibly Hispanic heritage, she married Albert Parsons, a labor organizer who became one of the martyrs who was executed after the Haymarket Riot. In 1878, Lucy Parsons helped organize the Working Women’s Union No. 1 (WWU), then the only women workers unions in Chicago. She was a prolific writer on issues related to socialism and labor reform, writing for publications such as the Socialist. She also wrote about race relations in an article that appeared in Freedom. After her husband’s death, she published Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Scientific Basis, which he wrote in prison while awaiting execution. In 1905, Parsons helped to found the Industrial Workers of the World, along with Eugene Debs and Mother Jones. Though involved in anarchism and often portrayed as a “dangerous woman” she was defended by important Chicago leaders collaborated with social reformers such as Jane Addams. At the time of her death, Ms. Parsons lived at 3130 N. Troy, which is only slightly more than a mile from this park site.