Reimagined Space : The Douglass 18 Miniature Golf Course

The newly reimagined Douglass 18 Miniature Golf Course has been transformed into a thriving community hub for local residents to come gather and play. An effort to redesign an underutilized miniature golf course located in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood, The Douglass 18 project is designed around the theme of bird conservation. Launched in 2018, the Douglass 18 Partners hired the Conservation Architect Team (CATs); a cohort of young adults from Chicago’s West Side. Inspired by the park’s bird population, CATs worked with scientists, artists, designers and architects to design mini-golf obstacles based on bird observations. 

Join for a conversation that examines the possibilities of collaboration in transforming space into a thriving community hub. Hear from past and present CAT members as they take us through the grassroots design process of learning design, architecture, prototype, and structural engineering during the development of the new miniature golf course. This conversation is moderated by Jaeda Branch, Community Learning Facilitator at the Lincoln Park Zoo, with panelists Tiffany Tam, Douglass 18 Social Media Marketing Team member and Designer, and Jereka Dunn, Douglass 18 Designer.

The Douglass 18 Miniature Golf Course was developed in partnership with Chicago Park District, Haman Cross III, Eric Hotchkiss, Sheila McNary, Open Architecture Chicago, David Brown of the UIC School of Architecture, Firehouse Community Arts Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago at Homan Square, The Trust for Public Land, site design group, ltd. (site), and Lincoln Park Zoo.

This program is presented in partnership with the Douglass 18 Miniature Golf Course and the Lincoln Park Zoo.

Image courtesy of Douglass 18 Miniature Golf Course