Kensington Park

January 18, 2021 Park # 8 902 Curve Street SW

This week, Scott and I decided to visit a group of parks on the SW side of the city. We got acquainted with this area when canvassing for the census this fall. In one afternoon we visited Roosevelt, Kensington, and Caulfield Parks.

Kensington Park sits on the south edge of an interesting residential area, the Black Hills, which is separated from the Grandville corridor on the east by Godfrey Ave. and surrounded on the east and south by industrial complexes and the west and north by railroad tracks. This makes a little oasis of a neighborhood that truly benefits from a neighborhood park. The park consists of the southern wooded slope of the Black Hills and a flat area at the base of the hill, giving it 8 acres.

The park is a recipient of the park millage of 2013, as it has new playground equipment and a renovation of soccer fields. Looks like the work is progressing but waiting for some warmer weather for mulching and more cement work. It was surprising to find there was no parking lot available. Street parking is available on Dorchester near the playground and the park is accessible from the Blackhills neighborhood by the paths leading down the hill.

I am curious as to the origins and configuration of the Black Hills area and the history of this park, which dates back to 1909. If anyone has information on this, I’d love to hear more. Elizabeth

New Playground equipment!

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