The Island Oasis

The Island Oasis is a nature play garden being developed at 1114 S Mason Ave in The Island neighborhood, in the Austin community, on the west side of Chicago.

This garden was started by members of the 1100 S Mason Block Club in the spring of 2018, and developed into a community space and play area over several years. In 2020, the block club worked to secure the property with Neighbor Space and the garden became part of the West Side Nature Play Network.

In late 2020 and early 2021, the 1100 S Mason Block Club, Neighbor Space, Human Scale, and residents of the wider Island neighborhood underwent a community design process, led by Human Scale. This process included neighbor survey input, three community forums, and many block-level meetings. The final design below represents the official plan for the garden space, to be completed in summer 2021. Construction is now in progress.

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In the news:

“Austin garden to get a makeover”, Austin Weekly News

Progress Photos!

March 20, 2021 – Final Design

February 27, 2021 – Combined Design

February 13, 2021 – 3 Design Options