Harry LaHood Park

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Harry LaHood Park is located on Kinsgsbury Rd. in the Trail’s Edge subdivision bordered by Agnus St. on the east and Grandyle on the west.

History

Harry LaHood Park is a 5 acre park that was donated by developers Jim Paul and Paul Gibb to the Park District in 2002 along with portions of the Washington Recreation Trail that are located in and along Trail’s Edge subdivision. They asked that the park be named in memory of a friend and colleague, Harry LaHood.

The park was developed in 2004 in part through an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. The park was dedicated in a ceremony in June 2005. Many of the trees located in Harry LaHood Park are donated by Ruth LaHood (wife of Harry) in memory of Harry.

This park was located within the tornado affected area being damaged by debris and high winds.

The park went through a very extensive reconstruction period as a result of the damage from the tornado. The most notable was the complete resodding of the entire park. The grass and top layers of soil were stripped and hauled away to ensure that any dangerous debris was also removed. Then, over eight dates throughout the year, volunteers assisted in laying the sod. The benches, playground and Harry LaHood Shelter were replaced. The water playground was replaced and updated with new features. The H.G. "Fuzz" Weston Shelter was added as new amenity and a basketball court was installed to replace the sand volleyball court. 

Features

  • Water Playground
  • Playground (3-12)
  • Basketball Court
  • Trailhead for the Washington Recreation Trail
  • Harry LaHood Shelter (Not Available for Reservations)
  • H.G. "Fuzz" Weston Shelter (Electric and Portable Bathroom)
  • Open Space
  • Parking

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105 S. Spruce St. 
Washington, IL 61571
Phone: 309-444-9413
Fax: 309-444-3849

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