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Chicago Park District Develops Swimmers from Cradle to Careers
Chicago Park District Develops Swimmers from Cradle to Careers
Published: 2016/05/16
Channel: Chicago Park District
Elite Gymnast Pursues Dream at Harrison Park
Elite Gymnast Pursues Dream at Harrison Park
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District La Villita Park: SmithGroupJJR
Chicago Park District La Villita Park: SmithGroupJJR
Published: 2017/04/12
Channel: American Society of Landscape Architects, Illinois Chapter (ILASLA)
John Deere: Chicago Park District Video
John Deere: Chicago Park District Video
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: JD MachineFinder
Chicago Park District March 2014: Summer Camp
Chicago Park District March 2014: Summer Camp
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Sept. 2013: Boxing
Chicago Park District Sept. 2013: Boxing
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
2017 JO
2017 JO's Stories: Chicago Park District
Published: 2017/09/12
Channel: USA Water Polo
Chicago Park District Aug. 2012: Soldier Field LEED Certification
Chicago Park District Aug. 2012: Soldier Field LEED Certification
Published: 2012/08/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District June 2013: Movies in the Parks
Chicago Park District June 2013: Movies in the Parks
Published: 2013/06/04
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District: Gymnastics Centers Oct.-Nov. 09
Chicago Park District: Gymnastics Centers Oct.-Nov. 09
Published: 2009/10/16
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Co-Hosts Operation: Ruck 22 March
Chicago Park District Co-Hosts Operation: Ruck 22 March
Published: 2016/06/08
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District, 2016
Chicago Park District, 2016
Published: 2016/05/02
Channel: Brad Buntrock
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FSM's TIP Media -- Summer Highlights, Chicago Park District
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: Free Spirit Media
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Restore the Garfield Park Conservatory
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Restore the Garfield Park Conservatory
Published: 2011/08/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District on ACTIVE Recreation Management Software
Chicago Park District on ACTIVE Recreation Management Software
Published: 2013/10/17
Channel: ACTIVE Network
Chicago Park District April 2012: Deaf Basketball
Chicago Park District April 2012: Deaf Basketball
Published: 2012/04/13
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Chicago
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Chicago's Fish N' Kids
Published: 2011/08/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District March 2014: Lifeguard Training
Chicago Park District March 2014: Lifeguard Training
Published: 2014/03/04
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District After School Program
Chicago Park District After School Program
Published: 2014/12/12
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District April 2013: Special Rec at Jesse Owens Park
Chicago Park District April 2013: Special Rec at Jesse Owens Park
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Celebrates Ongoing Legacy of Special Olympics
Chicago Park District Celebrates Ongoing Legacy of Special Olympics
Published: 2015/03/06
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Sept. 2013: Junior Bear Football Program
Chicago Park District Sept. 2013: Junior Bear Football Program
Published: 2013/09/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District April 2013: Windy City Hoops
Chicago Park District April 2013: Windy City Hoops
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Youth Boxing
Chicago Park District Aug. 2011: Youth Boxing
Published: 2011/08/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Jan. 2014 Calendar
Chicago Park District Jan. 2014 Calendar
Published: 2013/12/23
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District April 2014 Calendar
Chicago Park District April 2014 Calendar
Published: 2014/04/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Wins The Gold!!!!
Chicago Park District Wins The Gold!!!!
Published: 2014/11/06
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Dedicate Dr. Margaret Burroughs Beach and Park
Chicago Park District Dedicate Dr. Margaret Burroughs Beach and Park
Published: 2015/09/10
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Talent Show
Chicago Park District Talent Show
Published: 2013/04/22
Channel: marc Hebert
Chicago Park District July 2013: Grant Park Music Festival in the Parks
Chicago Park District July 2013: Grant Park Music Festival in the Parks
Published: 2013/07/02
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District April 2013: Earth Day
Chicago Park District April 2013: Earth Day
Published: 2013/04/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District June 2012 Calendar
Chicago Park District June 2012 Calendar
Published: 2012/06/06
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District July 2012: Then and Now -- Biking in Chicago
Chicago Park District July 2012: Then and Now -- Biking in Chicago
Published: 2012/07/05
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Dec. 2011: Special Recreation Karate
Chicago Park District Dec. 2011: Special Recreation Karate
Published: 2011/12/05
Channel: Chicago Park District
FSM
FSM's TIP Media -- Berger Park, Chicago Park District
Published: 2015/10/23
Channel: Free Spirit Media
Area 3 Chicago Park District Basketball: Rogers Vs. Warren
Area 3 Chicago Park District Basketball: Rogers Vs. Warren
Published: 2013/02/17
Channel: ArabPeacy
Chicago Park District May 2011: Social Club at Davis Square Park
Chicago Park District May 2011: Social Club at Davis Square Park
Published: 2011/05/02
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Dec. 2013: Free Fitness Week
Chicago Park District Dec. 2013: Free Fitness Week
Published: 2013/12/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District July 2014 Calendar
Chicago Park District July 2014 Calendar
Published: 2014/07/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Celebrates Harvest and Halloween
Chicago Park District Celebrates Harvest and Halloween
Published: 2016/10/13
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District May 2010: Special Olympics Chicago 42nd Annual Spring Games
Chicago Park District May 2010: Special Olympics Chicago 42nd Annual Spring Games
Published: 2010/05/07
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Welcomes New Artists In Residence
Chicago Park District Welcomes New Artists In Residence
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District April 2011: Egg Hunts
Chicago Park District April 2011: Egg Hunts
Published: 2011/04/01
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Nov. 2013: Park Families Wellness
Chicago Park District Nov. 2013: Park Families Wellness
Published: 2013/11/04
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Jan. 2013: Take the Field
Chicago Park District Jan. 2013: Take the Field
Published: 2012/12/11
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District Offers Discount to Military Families
Chicago Park District Offers Discount to Military Families
Published: 2014/10/03
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District/Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics
Chicago Park District/Chicago Blackhawks Hockey Clinics
Published: 2013/12/20
Channel: cityofchicagotv
Michael Kelly, Superintendent, Chicago Park District
Michael Kelly, Superintendent, Chicago Park District
Published: 2013/07/20
Channel: City Club of Chicago
Chicago Park District March 2013: Bunny Events
Chicago Park District March 2013: Bunny Events
Published: 2013/03/05
Channel: Chicago Park District
Chicago Park District June 2013: Declaration YOUth
Chicago Park District June 2013: Declaration YOUth
Published: 2013/06/04
Channel: Chicago Park District
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Chicago Park District
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Agency overview
Formed Consolidated in 1934
Predecessors founded in 1869
Jurisdiction Government of Chicago
Headquarters 541 N. Fairbanks Court
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Annual budget $385 million
Agency executive
  • Michael P. Kelly
    General Superintendent
Child agency
Website chicagoparkdistrict.com
A footpath in Portage Park

The Chicago Park District is the oldest and one of the largest park districts in the United States. As of 2016, there are over 580 parks included in the Chicago Park District as well as 31 beaches, several boat harbors, two botanic conservatories, a zoo, and 11 museums. The parks also have multiple field houses, public pools, and sports and recreational facilities, and host programs throughout the year. The district is an independent taxing authority as defined by Illinois State Statute and is considered a separate (or "sister") agency of the City of Chicago. The district's general superintendent and CEO – currently Michael P. Kelly – is appointed by the Mayor of Chicago and confirmed by the Board of Commissioners.[1] The district's headquarters are located in the Time-Life Building in the Streeterville neighborhood.

Jurisdiction[edit]

The riverfront pavilion in Ping Tom Memorial Park

The Chicago Park District oversees more than 580 parks with over 8,100 acres (3,300 ha) of municipal parkland as well as 24 beaches, 77 pools, 11 museums, two world-class conservatories, 16 historic lagoons and 10 bird and wildlife gardens that are found within the city limits.[2] A number of these are tourist destinations, most notably Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest park which has over 20 million visitors each year, second only to Central Park in New York City.[3] With 10 lakefront harbors located within a number of parks along the lakefront, the Chicago Park District is also the nation's largest municipal harbor system.

A number of Chicago Park District parks are located in the vicinity of or even adjacent to a number of Chicago Public Schools. This design was done in order to make it easier for public school students and faculty to incorporate school assignments or physical activities into the learning experience. Additionally, a number of Chicago Public Library locations are located within Chicago Park District facilities.

History[edit]

In the 1860s, Chicago already had about 40 small parks, but no central plan, and it fell far short when compared to other major cities in the country. Lincoln Park was Chicago's first large park, created in 1860. Dr. John H. Rauch MD, who was a member of the Chicago Board of Health and later a president of the Illinois State Board of Health, played a key role in establishing Lincoln Park by persuading city officials to close several festering cemeteries filled with shallow graves of victims of infectious epidemics. Rauch next formulated a central plan for parks across the entire city, noting that they were "the lungs of the city", and pointing out that Chicago's parks were inferior to those in New York's Central Park, Baltimore's Druid Park, and Philadelphia's Fairmount Park. His influence was key in setting up Chicago's modern park system.[4]

The current Chicago Park District was created in 1934 by the Illinois Legislature under the Park Consolidation Act. By provisions of that act, the Chicago Park District consolidated and superseded the then-existing 22 separate park districts in Chicago, the largest three of which were the Lincoln Park, West Park, and South Park Districts, all of which had been established in 1869.

The agency was long considered a dumping ground for political appointees; most famously, it was run by Ed Kelly, one of the "Eddies" who frustrated Mayor Harold Washington in the 1980s. The size and personnel of the park district was dramatically pared down during the reform administration of Mayor Richard M. Daley-appointed CEO Forrest Claypool in the mid-1990s.

During Tim Mitchell's tenure, the park district has initiated a program of renovating and beautifying existing parks and initiating the building of a number of new parks in recent years such as Ping Tom Memorial Park, DuSable Park and most notably Millennium Park. The Chicago Park District has also made an effort to return programming to the neighborhoods through the parks and created a lakefront concert venue on Northerly Island on the site of the former Meigs Field airport. In 2014, the district won the National Gold Medal Award for Excellence in Parks and Recreation.[5]

Museums in the Park[edit]

Park District land hosts 11 museums in locations around the city.[6] In addition, there is the free admission Lincoln Park zoological park.

Image gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chicago Park District. "General Superintendent & Chief Executive Officer". chicagoparkdistrict.com. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  2. ^ "About the Chicago Park District". Chicago Park District. Retrieved 16 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "City Park Facts". The Trust for Public Land, Center for City Park Excellence. June 2006. Retrieved 2006-07-19. 
  4. ^ William K. Beatty (1991) "John H. Rauch - Public Health, Parks, and Politics" Proceedings of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago Vol. 44 pp. 97-118
  5. ^ "Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal Award from National Parks Groups". DNAinfo Chicago. Retrieved 29 March 2016. 
  6. ^ "Museums In the Park: About Us". Retrieved 2013-05-27. 

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