Hartland Park’s playground locks its gate on outsiders

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The Sun Times reports this morning on the problems over at Hartland Park and the playground that has been a popular destination with neighborhood residents.

As part of its agreement with the City of Chicago when the project was approved for development, the builder was supposed to build a one-acre park, and then turn the park over to the Chicago Park District.

But the developer, Belgravia Group, seems to have not built the community streets and sidewalks to city standards.  Namely, the curbs are not Americans with Disabilities Act compliant.  So the City of Chicago has refused to take control of the streets.

This leaves the park at Hartland Park accessible only by way of private roadways.  The Chicago Park District says it can’t have a Chicago Park that is accessible only by way of private property. 

Belgravia Group, the developer, points the finger at the City of Chicago, which changed the standards for streets, curbs and sidewalks mid-way through the construction of the community.  The developer maintains that they built the community to the standards in place at the time the plans were filed at City Hall, and the plans that were approved by the City of Chicago.

Meanwhile, the Home Owner’s Association says that they will have to put locks on the gate to the park, and signs posted telling outsiders that they’re no longer welcome at the park. 

Sounds like quite a morass over at Hartland Park.  Your guide hopes that they get this straightened out as the new park is a draw to families as far away as where we live in Wellington Park.  Out here in West Lakeview/West Lincoln Park, new facilities such as these are sorely lacking.

And don’t get me started on the lack of progress over at Chi Che Wang Park nearby…


5 Responses to “Hartland Park’s playground locks its gate on outsiders”

  • Michelle Smyth:

    This is so ridiculous. I wonder how many months/years will go by during which no kids can play here while there’s disagreement and finger pointing about who’s in the wrong.

  • Mike Spors:

    Sorry…But, I cannot resist! I would like to get you started about Chi Che Wang Park. What the heck is going on with this? What is the hold up? I really liked the new designs and I thought this was a done deal. Let’s get this thing built already!

  • Hi Mike, thanks for stopping by! At the last meeting of the Chi Che Wang Park advisory committee, the plan was pretty well finalized. See this post:


    At that time, the reps from the Chicago Park District indicated that money was already set aside. Now it seems we’re just waiting for a window for construction.

    On a personal note, since none of my dog owner neighbors bothered to show up, and the folks who did show up were parents AND very vocally opposed to making the space dog friendly (or even dogs permitted) the Park District is keeping Chi Che Wang Park a “No Dogs” park. Therefore the park holds absolutely no value to me, so I stopped keeping track of developments. You can find contact info for the president of the advisory committee on his website at:


    And contact info for the park district at:


  • Father of Two:

    This a tragedy, the real pain is put upon the surround neighbors who have kids. The advice that Hartland Park received from the Alderman is wrong. And opens both the Alderman and Hartland Park to a law suit. They have no jurisdiction to lock the park. They ownership of the park is either Belgravia or the city, at no point has Hartland park received have approval for a private park.

    If you live in the area write alderman at 32ndward@gmail.com and let him know that holding hostage the enjoyment of toddlers is ridiculous. Also don’t buy any units at Hartland park, or at least no where near asking price, there will be millions of dollars of lawsuit to come and the residence of Hartland park will have to defend themselves for violating the planned Development contract. The behavior of the board and residence is not at all in the spirit of community and/or the approved Planned Development Contract. They should be ashamed of themselves..

  • Father of Two:

    Gia Biagi at the park district is the best person to contact about getting this resolved in the near future. She is responsible to taking a waiver on the streets that will allow the park to be public without getting involved with Belgravia and the city match about who did what and where….


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