Fellger Park

2000 W Belmont Ave.

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A North Center Neighborhood Playground

Fellger park is a .77-acre playground on the corners of Belmont and Damen in Chicago's North Center neighborhood.  It's been a park since the 1950's and has been consistently well maintained and updated with each generation.  Damen and Belmont are two busy street corners, but there is ample (paid) street parking and it is easily accessible by multiple bus and train lines.  Fellger is a sprawling park smack dab in a bustling city neighborhood.  In addition to swings, see-saws and rockin' rider apparatuses, there are 2 major structures and a designated tot spot (with a little house and a train with multiple cars) and a splash pad area for the warmer months. 

The entire park is gated, well shaded and has clear sight lines.  It is spread out and big enough that even when it is busy, it never actually feels too busy.  There is enough room for kids to trike, bike or scoot (bring your own vehicles for your youngens, because this isn't a park that usually has community toys left behind).  There are picnic tables and benches, making snack time easy.  Like most Chicago parks and playgrounds, there are no designated toilet facilities on site.  

This is a great park to venture to if you're at Wrigley/in Wrigleyville for the day and need to have the kids stretch their legs- it's not too far from there.  It's a great park to head to if you're feeling like you want to get out of your own neighborhood and check out something else.    

Reenie O'Brien King
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A Chicago native, Reenie grew up in the city's Old Town area. After 6 years on the east coast (Boston and Philly) with her husband, Cabell, they returned to Chicago in 2018 and have settled in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area of the city. Reenie is the proud, dedicated and playful mom to two kids, Tiernan (4) and Adeline (2) and one on the way (due in May 2021). She holds a Master's in Education from DePaul University and has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Middle School Drama and 8th Grade Art. Despite taking time off from full- time classroom work, Reenie remains passionate and active in the educational field serving on the boards of ISCJ School in Chicago and Ingles Sin Limites in El Salvador. She is a founding member and former chairman of the Junior Board at Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Reenie has also done work at Scattergood Ethics at The University of Pennsylvania and consulted with Free Forest School Illinois and Hike it Baby Philadelphia. Currently home "daily adventuring" with her kids, Reenie also serves as the Director of Online and Print Content at her family's Mental Health company, MADO Healthcare. A passionate traveler, horseback rider, yogi, mental health advocate and aspiring Children's Book Author, Reenie is glad to share some views of the city she loves with Happy.ly!
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