Parks While You Can!

| October 15, 2008 | 1 Comment

By: Kristen Holub
Oct. 15, 2008 – Within easy walking distance from our home, my family and I have access to several great playgrounds (as well as Humboldt Park which deserves its own post at a later date). Luckily, living near the borders of the Humboldt Park, Logan Square and Bucktown neighborhoods, we have a park in just about every direction! With the warm weather winding down, try to hit the parks a few more times if you can, before the weather turns blustery and they are filled with powdery snow…we don’t want to see anyone trying to lick the frozen metal of the swing-sets in a “double-dog-dare” reminiscent of A Christmas Story!  Here are three great park options in the southern end of Logan Square.

North of us, we love to go to Haas Park on Fullerton just East of California 2402 N. Washtenaw Ave.In the summer months, it has a nice, rather gentle water area whose flooring has just been refurbished. My son loves to run through the sprays and splash on the wet flooring, so we often pack a swim diaper when heading here.  It’s late enough in the season now that the water is turned off, but the drinking fountains are still on, and actually work. There are 2 major play structures, a bank of baby swings and another for bigger kids, and a fun 3 person bouncy ride.  There is also a small shady corner in this completely fenced-in park where many moms park their strollers on the grass.

In an area the realtors have dubbed “West Bucktown”, there is a little neighborhood playground at Rockwell and Moffat (2554 W. Moffat St) called Lucy Flower playlot. This park was rehabbed in the 90’s, so it has woodchips instead of the soft surface flooring (beware if your kids have an oral fixation!), but since it is a little “older” its equipment is also a change from the norm. They have a tire swing, one play structure, a bank of swings and babyswings and a sandbox off to the corner. The separate sandbox is nice for days that I am not feeling patient enough to deal with the little grains following us home. There are also trees and park benches which give the playlot a neighborhood feel. This park does has a fence, but also has 2 openings without gates, so keep a vigilant eye!

Maplewood Park 1640 N. Maplewood Ave) is just north of North Ave and a few blocks west of Western. With a large soft surface area, swings and baby swings, two large play structures, a (small) basketball court, baseball field and open grassy area, this park is great for all ages. What it lacks in shade, it makes up for in fun! This picture is of my son playing at Maplewood, and he clearly likes this place. There is also an opening in the fence here that we need to be careful of, but there is also no sand or water feature, so I can feel good about letting him roam everywhere, even if it’s not “bath night”.

Parks are easy, free and fun, so take advantage while you still can and take the kiddos out a few more times. And if you have never been to any of these parks, check them out and see if your child agrees with my stamp of approval!

Photo Credit: Andy Holub

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Kristen Holub Artist and business owner turned stay-at-home-mom, Kristen Holub stays busy with Chicago Green Families, running around town with her son, and doing her best to keep the household eco-friendly and under control while jotting down and sharing great finds in Chicago.

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  1. MJ Tam says:

    This is a great round up review on all the parks around you!

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