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      1824 S Wood Street
      Chicago, IL 60608

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      Neighborhood: Pilsen
      The West Park Commission created Harrison Park in 1912 to provide breathing space and social services to the overcrowded and industrialized lower west s... read more
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      The West Park Commission created Harrison Park in 1912 to provide breathing space and social services to the overcrowded and industrialized lower west side The commission s first three neighborhood parks Dvorak Eckhart and Stanford Parks were so successful that the State passed a bill permitting additional neighborhood parks in 1909 Stanford Park no longer exists The Special Park Commission identified several potential park sites including an eight acre parcel previously used for lime production The West Park Commission acquired the lime kiln site and renowned landscape designer Jens Jensen created the park s original plan Swimming and wading pools and a natatorium building were constructed in 1914 Within the next several years other recreational features including children s gardens were added however the park did not have a fieldhouse until 1928

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