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Nestled on both sides of Lincoln Street, just north of Lincoln Grade School, Washington Park is a central community gathering spot rich with amenities and history.

Historical Background

Washington Park, the first park acquired by the Park District, was established in July 1969. Originally part of the Heyl Pony Farm, the park now stretches across approximately 55 acres that were purchased from the George Heyl Estate.

Notable Features

Washington Veteran’s Memorial

The Washington Veteran’s Memorial was the result of an Eagle Scout project by Eric Ingram. Eric and his grandparents, Bill and Joann Brunk, spent an extraordinary amount of time and effort to make this memorial something that will recognize the sacrifices that our veterans make to our country.

Lincoln Fields at Washington Park

Comprising 6 diamonds for baseball and softball, Lincoln Fields host a range of activities from t-ball for 4-year-olds to adult softball. Diamonds 1 and 2 are located on Washington School District No. 52 property, with Diamonds 3 to 6 within Washington Park. Facilities include a seasonal concession stand with restrooms.

  • Jan Smith Field (Diamond 3): Home to the Washington Community High School Panthers Softball team, named after the revered coach Jan Smith.
  • George Curtis Field (Diamond 5): Named in honor of a former park district commissioner and director who contributed to the park’s development.
  • Escue Field (Diamond 6): Celebrates over 15 years of volunteerism by the Escue family through the Washington Recreation Association.

Disc Golf Course (18-Holes)

This popular 18-Hole Disc Golf Course starts and ends near the Rotary Shelter, complete with parking and a portable restroom available. jpgDisc Golf Course Map191.43 KB

Pickleball Courts

The Paul Kinsinger, MD Memorial Pickleball Courts feature four courts located conveniently near the ball fields and Lincoln Grade School.IMG 9010

Wenger Shelter

Situated at 700 Stratford Dr., this is the largest shelter in Washington Park, equipped with a fireplace, grills, water, electricity, and nearby sand volleyball and shuffleboard courts.

Rotary Shelter

Located at 900 Lincoln St., this large shelter includes amenities like grills, water, electricity, and is adjacent to the Disc Golf Course tee off and a playground.

Grange Shelter

Found at 816 Lincoln St., features similar amenities to Rotary and is close to the playground and the Recreation Trail Trailhead.

Additional Amenities

  • Washington Recreation Trail Trailhead
  • Playgrounds for ages 3-5 and 5-12
  • Three Tennis Courts
  • Two Batting Cages with four tunnels
  • A Sand Volleyball Court
  • Two Shuffleboard Courts
  • A Concession Stand with Restrooms
  • Maintenance office and garage

Washington Park serves as a vibrant hub for community activities and sports, embodying the spirit of recreation and leisure in Washington.


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