Turf soccer field.
Photo: Smithgroup

La Villita Park is a former industrial site in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The site was designated a contaminated site after years of roofing material manufacturing on the property. The resulting design is organized around a central axis, called the Paseo, an inviting promenade traverses the entire park to access the many recreation activities including athletic fields, a playground and splash pad, skate park, basketball, trails, community gardens, informal open space, trees and naturalized landscaping. The 22-acre site is the largest U.S. EPA Superfund-to-park conversion in a major American city.

This project provides members of the South Lawndale community around the community a place to play, learn, and engage with nature.