AT on . . .Neighborhood Parks

AT on . . .Neighborhood Parks

Heather Blaha
May 13, 2008

We're still exploring our new neighborhood and loving every moment. Today a nice long walk led us to Indian Boundary Park - a spot we'd driven past but had yet to explore. This park was amazing! A lagoon, prairie flowers and natural habitats, walking trails and even a really beautiful and seemingly well-built wood playground for kids...

While stumbling upon anything in a new neighborhood is fantastic (cafes, shops, produce markets, a great pizza place, and neighbors themselves), there's something even more satisfying when you find a relaxing spot outside. Parks can be welcoming and full of life or garbage strewn and desolate, so finding the perfect one really adds to one's general feeling of a neighborhood as an extension of your home.

What's your neighborhood park and why do you love it (or hate it)?

A bit of Indian Boundary Park history:

The Ridge Avenue Park District began acquiring land for Indian Boundary Park in 1915. Richard F. Gloede, a designer of North Shore estate landscapes, developed an early plan for the park. In the mid-1920s, the Ridge Avenue Park District opened a small zoo, one of only two zoos in Chicago and initially housing only a lone black bear. The 1929 Tudor-Revival fieldhouse designed by architect Clarence Hatzfeld features Native American-themed ornament inspired by the park's name. Indian Boundary Park is unusual in that its eastern lawn flows seamlessly into the front yards of neighboring apartment buildings. This park feature was so well-received that in the 1960s the Chicago Park District closed off part of adjacent Estes Avenue as well.

Top lagoon image via Greg Johanson.

Indian Boundary Park sign image via Forgotten Chicago.

Details about Indian Boundary Park here.

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