This tiny park is 0.15 acres and it contains a playground and sandbox. It is located in the Lakeview neighborhood (one block south of Belmont, five blocks east of Racine Avenue, including the Belmont station railroad tracks). While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby at Sheil Park.
The Chicago Park District acquired this park in 1976, through a property exchange with the Jewel Foods Corporation, which sought to build a grocery store on a playlot located on the next block. The Park District soon developed a plan, and improved the site with attractive border plantings and a playground that included a "trailblazer slide;" three "Rodeo Rockies;" and a "Castle Climber." In the spring of 1990, the park was upgraded with new plantings, ornamental iron fencing, and a soft surface playground featuring a redwood play structure.
Later that year, the park was officially named in honor of Johnny Martin, a four-year veteran of the Chicago Police Force slain in the line of duty. Known for his dedication to the youth of the community, Martin spent many off-duty hours with area teens, providing an alternative to gang activity.