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Brands Park

3259 North Elston Avenue
773-478-2414

History:

Brands Park bears the name of the German-American family that owned the site for many years. Formally established as a park in the 1920s, the property was used as a picnic grove for years before. The Brands grove had local notoriety as the site of many Clan-na-gael, Schwabenverein, and old settlers' picnics. Shortly after the 1917 formation of the River Park District, one of 22 independent park commissions consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934, residents of the Avondale neighborhood petitioned the new park board to purchase the Brands Picnic Grove site. Negotiations with the property owner proved difficult, and land acquisition was not completed until 1927. Improvements began in 1928, following plans developed by the Chicago Landscape Company. The new facilities included a playground; basketball, horse shoe, and tennis courts; and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. These recreational features were set in an attractive landscape of lawn and trees. The River Park District adapted an existing building on the site for fieldhouse purposes. Shortly after the Chicago Park District took over Brands Park in 1934, Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld enlarged and remodeled the fieldhouse to include club, game, and shower rooms; a workshop; and a community hall. In the mid-1970s, the park district demolished the old brick structure, which had deteriorated significantly. In its place, the district built a new, larger fieldhouse, redesigning the surrounding landscape. More recent improvements included rehabilitating the playground, tennis courts, and plantings.



Reviews

Pepper Giese

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Thursday, April 26, 2018
Small park. Three baseball diamonds, outdoor tennis courts, playground, water fountains, the "Good for your back" turtle. For some reason, they took out the basketball nets. Why??!!??

Jordan Peloquin

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Monday, April 30, 2018
Ok fields for 12 inch softball. Tons of outfield divits which can lead to some dangerous bounces if you're not on guard. Infield on the diamond closest to Elston has way too much dirt on it. When it's really dry out it's like a really fine, dusty beach. Right side batters box is dug down about 4-6 inches from use. Lights are ok. Could be better but I've played in worse outfields (Clarendon and Revere).

Zachary Sparks

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Sunday, July 15, 2018
Nice park with a porpoise sculpture you can sit on.

Patricia Sotelo

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Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017
Love the fact that this park only has one way in and one way out! Super kid friendly. I come here often with my 3 1/2 yr old and 2 yr old! Highly recommend it!

Edwin Morales

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Thursday, July 26, 2018
Great place to play softball

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