Melamerson Athletic Field

Melamerson Athletic Field (HM1S1V)

Location: Chicago, IL 60614 Cook County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 55.278', W 87° 38.723'

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About Dorothy Melamerson...

Dorothy Melamerson lived most of her life in Lincoln Park. A Fitness enthusiast, she was a gym teacher at Stone Elementary School and other public schools for 36 years. When she retired in 1977, she began an education of her own: how to make her savings grow. The effort was not for herself, however. Her happiness came from simpler pleasures, such as being outside to bicycle or walk the park. The real beneficiary was to be the physical well-being of children, a cause to which she had devoted her life. Her modest lifestyle and wise investing led to a most generous gift when she died in 1994 at age 74, $900,000 to be used to upgrade facilities and begin youth sports programs in Chicago Park District properties in the 43rd Ward where she had lived. Close to $600,000 of the estate went into the 1996-[9]7 renovation of Oz Park athletic field and playlot. Thanks to Dorothy Melamerson's generous spirit, her enthusiasm for youth fitness lives on in this park, where hundreds of youth are reaping the benefits of the real Wizard of Oz.
HM NumberHM1S1V
Placed ByChicago Park District
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Date Added Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 446484 N 4641239
Decimal Degrees41.92130000, -87.64538333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 55.278', W 87° 38.723'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 55' 16.68" N, 87° 38' 43.38" W
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Area Code(s)312, 773
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 639 W Webster Ave, Chicago IL 60614, US
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