DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Chicago Park District and DePaul Team up to Renovate South Loop Park
By Kristin Claes Mathews /
September 1, 2021 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
The Chicago Park District and DePaul are teaming up to renovate basketball courts and facilities at Margaret Hie Ding Lin Park at 1735 S. State Street. Located about half a mile from Wintrust Arena, the home of Blue Demon basketball, the park will be a legacy project for the university’s upcoming 125th anniversary. Through this initiative, DePaul will deepen its ties in the South Loop and celebrate the university’s connection to Chicago.
Basketball has been important to DePaul’s history, and will continue to be essential in its future. Plans are in the works for DePaul men’s and women’s Blue Demon basketball to offer youth programming on the site to make the park a destination for future generations of players and Blue Demons. The DePaul community is planning for ways to be good stewards of the park, including cleanup as part of the university’s annual Vincentian Service Day. DePaul and the Chicago Park District will also continue to celebrate the rich legacy of the park’s namesake, Dr. Margaret Hie Ding Lin.
The 0.27- acre park first opened in 1970 and was dedicated to Lin in 2004. A beloved Chinese immigrant and physician, Lin served patients in the nearby Chinatown neighborhood. Lin and the Vincentians who founded DePaul were contemporaries nearly 125 years ago, as the Vincentians sought to educate the children of Chicago’s immigrants. Lin’s memory lives on through the creation of opportunities in the park that exemplify the commitment to supporting the recreational and health needs of the Chinese community.