Lexington Square buyers have their pick of Bridgeport parks both big and small

Henry Palmisano Park (Stearns Quarry Park), Bridgeport, Chicago

Parks are vital elements of Chicago’s neighborhoods, and buyers at Lexington Square in Bridgeport are sure to find spaces both big and small that are perfect for recreation and relaxation.

The Chicago Park District recently dedicated the new Stearns Quarry Park in honor of the late business owner and benefactor Henry Palmisano. The 27-acre park, located at 2700 S Halsted St, features a fishing pond, wetlands, quarry walls (dating back to the land’s old role as the site of Marcus Cicero Stearns’ limestone mining operations), trails, an athletic field, a running track, and a hill offering sweeping views of the Chicago skyline.

The park is located just one mile north of Lexington Square’s rowhomes near the intersection of 37th and Sangamon streets, and can be reached by the #8 Halsted bus in just six minutes.

Of course, Lexington Square residents don’t have to travel even that short distance to find a great city park. Directly across the street from the rowhomes is Donovan Park, a one-block-by-one-block square park offering a rehabilitated soft-surface playground, a recreational building, two softball fields, and a basketball court. (Last summer, Joe Zekas met Lexington Square sales manager Regina Castle in the park for a short video.)

The Park District plans to post information about its spring 2011 programs today, Jan. 31; online registration will open on Feb. 14. Information on summer 2011 programs will be available starting March 21, with online registration opening on April 4.

Lexington Square’s three- and four-bedroom homes feature granite countertops, hardwood floors, high ceilings, private roof decks with skyline views, and two-car garages. Prices start in the $370s.

For more information about Lexington Square, visit LexingtonChicago.com.

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