Melamerson Athletic Field
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 1996-7 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.
Erected by Chicago Park District.
Location. 41° 55.278′ N, 87° 38.723′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Click for map. Marker is in Oz Park. Marker is at or
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Oz Park (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lion House, Lincoln Park Zoo (approx. 0.6 miles away); Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool (approx. 0.6 miles away); Hidden Truths (approx. 0.6 miles away); Kennison Boulder Monument (approx. 0.6 miles away); Landmark Landings (approx. 0.6 miles away); “Rites of Spring” (approx. 0.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Chicago.
Also see . . .
1. Frugality Was Her Middle Name But Charity Is Legacy, Chicago Tribune (1995). (Submitted on May 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Oz Park, Chicago IL. (Submitted on May 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Oz Park, Chicago IL. (Submitted on May 3, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Entertainment • Sports •
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 107 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.