Last week I introduced you to a new series, Breaking Down Chicago Parks One by One. My daughter and I will visit a different park in the city of Chicago each week and share the good, bad and parking situation of each playground.
Our first park is Welles Park, a large space on the north side of the city. It spans from Western, to Lincoln, to Montrose and Lawrence and includes a baseball field, two parks, a gazebo, walking path, indoor pool, fitness center, tennis courts, volleyball courts and more.
Here is more information according to the Chicago Park District website.
In the heart of Lincoln Square at Lincoln and Montrose Avenues sits the 15-acre Welles Park, a gathering place for musicians and sports and fitness enthusiasts of all kinds. Many residents enjoy the park’s indoor pool—using it year-round for lap swims, instruction, and aqua exercise. Others visit Welles Park’s fitness center for a workout, while some prefer a leisurely game of horseshoes at the park’s outdoor pits.
The Chicago Park District installed and unveiled a green, wrought-iron, European-style gazebo on the west side of the park as a centerpiece for the Lincoln Square community. Equipped with electricity for lights and sound, the gazebo is used for outdoor concerts, storytelling and other performances.
In Spring 2010 the park district unveiled a new action packed ADA accessible/softsurface playground for community children. On the many fields at Welles Park, one can find baseball, softball, track and field, and a strong Junior Bears football program. Preschoolers get involved in tot soccer, floor hockey, tumbling and various play groups, while older children can participate in tumbling, dance, swimming and many sports. Welles Park also provides activities for adults and children who are developmentally disabled through its therapeutic recreation programs.
My daughter and I brought a picnic on one of those sweltering days during the July heat wave. We found a shaded tree inside the playground and ate while enjoying the diversity of the people watching spot. My girl played on the typical slides and swings and dipped her hands and feet in the sprinkler that provided much relief to the heat.
The Good: Spacious, easy parking and nearby The Sulzer Library.
The Bad: No picnic tables or especially unique playground equipment.
The Parking: Easy non-metered parking on Western as well as spots on Sunnyside, Lincoln and many nearby side streets. Brown line and bus stops available too.
2333 W. Sunnyside Ave. Chicago IL 60625
Hours: Park: 6am - 11pm Fieldhouse: Mon-Fri 7am - 10pm Sa 9am - 5pm Su 10:30am - 3:30pm
This summer there are concerts every Tuesday night at 6:30 in the Gazebo.
Next week we will be visiting and review Adams Playground.