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Bauler Park, also known as Bauler Playlot Park is located on Wisconsin Avenue between Cleveland and Mohawk. Bauler Park was last redesigned in the mid 1980’s by Old Town resident and renowned architect, Walter Netsch. In the early 1990’s, neighborhood residents raised over $7,000 to install additional children’s playground equipment around a preexisting swing set. A new wooden perimeter structure was also installed to clearly define the area. The park has now become a gathering place for neighborhood children and families.
In 1999, a group of neighborhood residents, led by Lincoln Central Association past President Rick Rausch, formed the Bauler Park Advisory Council in an effort to upgrade the Park’s amenities and appearance. Since then, nearly $100,000 has been raised for park improvements, which include numerous new plantings, a sprinkler system, new park benches, and the storybook corner seating area dedicated to Ella Jenkins. The Council has also funded a supplemental maintenance program to preserve the park’s planted areas. The perimeter ornamental fence was installed by the Chicago Park District as part of the citywide program to replace old chain link fences. In 2006, the Parkway along Wisconsin Avenue was renovated with new bricks and ornamental iron fences were placed around the parkway trees.
The Bauler Park Advisory Council, together with Lincoln Central Association, continues to implement additional improvements to the park’s equipment, plantings and greenery. And each October, Lincoln Central organizes the Halloween themed “Howler at Bauler” in the park. This is a family event where parents and children come in full costumes and enjoy entertainment, games and candy. Proceeds from this event benefit the park maintenance program.
Bauler Park is the scene of one of LCA’s biggest traditions and its most well attended event—our annual Howler at Bauler Halloween festival. You can see photos from Howler at Bauler 2015 here and 2014 here.
Your contributions will help us continue to maintain and beautify Bauler Park. Lincoln Central Association is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization and your contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Please contribute using the form below or by downloading the contribute by mail form and mailing your check payable to Lincoln Central Association to: Lincoln Central Association | P.O. Box 14306 | Chicago, IL 60614.