Green features of Washington Park include a nature area, a Harvest Garden and an arboretum. Outside, the park offers a lagoon, aquatic center, three playgrounds, basketball/ tennis courts, baseball, football, soccer, cricket, and softball fields. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasiums, fields, and multi-purpose rooms. Additionally, Washington Park features the renowed Fountain of Time sculpture by Lorado Taft.
Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, fitness, Teen Club, Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, the park offers music and movement and dance. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.
In addition to programs, Washington Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Ashaki Black History Month Celebration and other holiday-themed events.
Washington Park Natural Area is 42 acres of native prairie and wetland encompassing Washington Park’s southern lagoon. Paved and gravel trails wind through the natural area around the lagoon, over boardwalks, and onto quiet islands. Consider a trip to the nearby DuSable Museum of African American History as part of your trip to Washington Park.