Located in the Humboldt Park community, Ohio & Harding Park features an outdoor basketball court and a playground that was renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Plays! Through Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! playground initiative, 327 playgrounds across the city were built or renovated from 2013 through 2016, ensuring every child in every neighborhood is within a 10-minute walk of a park or playground
While there is no structured programming taking place at this location, we invite you to check out our great programs offered at nearby Clark Park.
Ohio & Harding Park takes its name from the two intersecting streets on which it lies. Ohio Street is named for the midwestern state and the river that flows through it. The word Ohio means "great" or "beautiful river" in the Iroquois language. Harding Avenue got its name in 1872, with the development of the Frederick Harding subdivision, in which the park lies. Frederick Harding, whose family subdivided substantial areas of Chicago's northwest side, was a Civil War captain who organized the city's first company of Union troops. Ohio & Harding Park is one of many small parks created by the city to meet the growing recreational demands of post-World War II Chicago. The city purchased this small property in the Humboldt Park community in 1950, and installed playground equipment and a basketball court in following years. In 1959, the city transferred Ohio & Harding Park to the Chicago Park District, which rehabilitated the playground in 1968 and again in 1991.