NEW RECREATION CENTER COMING TO ADDAMS PARK
The Chicago Park District is building a new fieldhouse at Addams Park. The Exelon Recreation Center is scheduled to open in spring 2020. Indoor facilities include an artificial turf football/soccer practice field, a three-lane running track, a gymnasium, and a clubroom. Outside, the park will have an artificial turf football/soccer field and an artificial turf baseball field. View a rendering of the facility. To help guide the Chicago Park District in programming decisions for this new facility, we are seeking input from the community. Share your thoughts with us.
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This small park is located in the Near West Side Community. The park totals 9.23 acres and features a softball field, athletic field and green space. It is an active community park where many neighboring residents enjoy playing soccer from April through October.
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Fosco Park, including recreation in the gym and swimming in the indoor pool.
In the late 1940s, Addams Park's Near West Side neighborhood was decaying and congested. The Chicago Park District established the much-needed park in 1946, part of a ten-year plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served neighborhoods after World War II.
Land acquisition proved problematic, however, and demolition of the site's dilapidated buildings did not begin until 1952. The park district installed a swimming pool in 1967. Operated jointly with Medill Elementary School, the park provides a broad range of activities for the children of the adjacent Abbott Homes public housing project.
The park's name honors Jane Addams (1860-1935), the world-renowned social reformer who devoted her life to serving the economic and social needs of the Near West Side's disadvantaged immigrant community. Addams' base of operations was her Hull House on nearby Halsted Street, one of North America's first settlement houses. In addition to her work in Chicago, Addams actively promoted national legal reforms, including tenement-house regulation, factory inspection, and workers' compensation. Addams was awarded the 1931 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts.