Martin Playlot Park

922 W Fletcher St
Chicago IL 60657
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<p>This tiny park contains a playground and sandbox. It is located in the Lakeview neighborhood (one block south of Belmont, five blocks east of Racine Avenue, including the Belmont station railroad tracks).&nbsp;</p> <p>The Chicago Park District acquired this park in the mid-1970s, through a property exchange with the Jewel Foods Corporation, which sought to build a grocery store on a playlot located on the next block. The park district soon developed a plan, and improved the site with attractive border plantings and a playground that included a "trailblazer slide;" three "Rodeo Rockies;" and a "Castle Climber."</p> <p>In the spring of 1990, the park was upgraded with new plantings, ornamental iron fencing, and a soft surface playground featuring a redwood play structure. Later that year, the park was officially named in honor of Johnny Martin, a four-year veteran of the Chicago Police Force slain in the line of duty. Known for his dedication to the youth of the community, Martin spent many off-duty hours with area teens, providing an alternative to gang activity.</p> <p><em>Editor's Note: This information was provided by the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/">Chicago Parks District</a>.</em></p>