Located in the Near South Side community area, Cotton Tail Park is a 2.35-acre site with a playground and attractive landscape completed with benches, paths, planters, trees and lawn. It is an active community park.
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Ping Tom Memorial Park.
In 1990, the Dearborn Park Corporation, developers of a large residential community, donated this park site to the Chicago Park District. A few years later, the park district’s in-house landscape architects created a plan for the new park. The plan featured a lawn encircled by a walkway lined with attractive planters, lamp posts, and benches. The new park also included a shelter with seating, and a playground. Over the years, the playground has been upgraded.
The Chicago Park District’s Board of Commissioners named the site Cotton Tail Park in 1998 at the request of the Dearborn Park Landscape Committee. This local residents' group championed the new name because the park is filled with cotton-tailed rabbits that neighborhood children love to chase.