Avalon Park

  • 1215 E. 83rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60619 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Patricia McMillan
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6015

Located in the Avalon community, Avalon Park totals 27.84 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, multi-purpose room, and game room. Outside, the park offers picnic groves, a swimming pool, playground, track, volleyball and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and game room.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, Seasonal Sports, Kick Boxing, Senior/Adult/Teen Fitness, Hook A Kid On Golf, Teen Club, Dance, Saturday Dribblers Basketball Skills Camp and Arts & Crafts. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Saturday Dribblers Basketball Skills, Cubs Care, Learn To Swim, Soccer, Golf Camp.

In addition to programs, Avalon Park hosts special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Night Club at Noon and Western Round Up Square/Line Dances.

History

The South Park Commission created Avalon Park in the 1920s in a south side neighborhood with a long, interesting history. In 1889, when Chicago annexed the Village of Hyde Park, it included an area with a city dump, swamps, and "Mud Lake," a popular spot for fishing and hunting. The mosquito infested swampland remained largely unsettled until after the installation of a sewage system in 1900. At first called Pierce's Park, the area became known as Pennytown for a general store owner named Penny who sold homemade popcorn balls. In 1910, Avalon Park Community Church members successfully led an effort to rename the community Avalon Park. The church, community, and a local street pay homage to the English Isle of Avalon, believed to be the burial place of legendary King Arthur.

In 1923, Avalon Park civic groups began asking for the creation of a park in their neighborhood. Due to funding limitations, the South Park Commission was slow to respond. The commissioners agreed to begin identifying potential sites in 1927. Finally, in 1930, the commission acquired 28 acres for the new park. The following year, in-house landscape architect Robert Moore created a plan for Avalon Park that was inspired by the earlier South Park designs of the nationally renowned Olmsted Brothers firm. Due to the Great Depression, however, the South Park Commission was unable to move forward with improvements. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and federal relief funding soon allowed work to begin on Avalon Park. Only partially realizing Moore's plan, the park district installed playfields, a running track, tennis and horse shoe courts, and a combination shelter and comfort station. After needing a more substantial fieldhouse for years, the park district constructed an attractive modern brick building in 1958.

Parking/Directions

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

Avalon Baseball

Avalon Baseball

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Basketball

Avalon Basketball

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Fieldhouse

Avalon Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Avalon Fitness Center

Avalon Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Avalon Football/Soccer Field

Avalon Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Descriptors: Grass

Avalon Gymnasium

Avalon Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Paths and Trails

Avalon Paths and Trails

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Playground

Avalon PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Spring 2016

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Avalon Tennis

Avalon Tennis

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Water Playground

Avalon Water Playground

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Spray Features

Avalon Spray Features

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

Click on the program name links below for program descriptions, availability information and to register online now (if available).

Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 195159InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:15From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 195160InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Basketball Camp at Avalon 195407CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/07/01 15:00From July 1, 2017 to August 19, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$32.00
Family Swim at Avalon 195898OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
Lap Swim at Avalon 196317OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/17 16:00From June 17, 2017 to September 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Avalon 196344CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$44.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196428InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/25 16:30From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196430InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196431InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196432InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 23:15From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196429InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/24 16:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 196427InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Avalon 196678OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/17 18:30From June 17, 2017 to August 20, 2017
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 197108InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:00From June 19, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$38.00
TEAM Sports at Avalon 197146InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:45From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 6:15pm
$35.00
Youth Swim at Avalon 197684OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Avalon 205185OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$60.00
Basketball at Avalon 205329InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 205473InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$13.00
Bitty Basketball Partnership at Avalon 223857PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/09/23 17:00From September 23, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Boot Camp at Avalon 205994InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Chair Exercise at Avalon 223856InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 21 but less than 60Coed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$15.00
Chair Exercise at Avalon 207848InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Conditioning at Avalon 205700InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 21 but less than 60Coed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Avalon 208389InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 15Female2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fit & Strong at Avalon 223859InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 11:45am
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 206246InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 14Female2017/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 206247InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 14Male2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Avalon 207059InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$70.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Avalon 208770Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$210.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 207497InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/18 21:00From September 18, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 207551OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 207845InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 207846InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 207847InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Teen Club at Avalon 223858OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Avalon 208041InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 208436InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 00:00From September 11, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$18.00
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 208544CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/12/18 14:00From December 18, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$44.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Avalon 213318InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$70.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Avalon 219245InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$70.00

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Description

Located in the Avalon community, Avalon Park totals 27.84 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, multi-purpose room, and game room. Outside, the park offers picnic groves, a swimming pool, playground, track, volleyball and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and game room.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, Seasonal Sports, Kick Boxing, Senior/Adult/Teen Fitness, Hook A Kid On Golf, Teen Club, Dance, Saturday Dribblers Basketball Skills Camp and Arts & Crafts. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Saturday Dribblers Basketball Skills, Cubs Care, Learn To Swim, Soccer, Golf Camp.

In addition to programs, Avalon Park hosts special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Night Club at Noon and Western Round Up Square/Line Dances.

The South Park Commission created Avalon Park in the 1920s in a south side neighborhood with a long, interesting history. In 1889, when Chicago annexed the Village of Hyde Park, it included an area with a city dump, swamps, and "Mud Lake," a popular spot for fishing and hunting. The mosquito infested swampland remained largely unsettled until after the installation of a sewage system in 1900. At first called Pierce's Park, the area became known as Pennytown for a general store owner named Penny who sold homemade popcorn balls. In 1910, Avalon Park Community Church members successfully led an effort to rename the community Avalon Park. The church, community, and a local street pay homage to the English Isle of Avalon, believed to be the burial place of legendary King Arthur.

In 1923, Avalon Park civic groups began asking for the creation of a park in their neighborhood. Due to funding limitations, the South Park Commission was slow to respond. The commissioners agreed to begin identifying potential sites in 1927. Finally, in 1930, the commission acquired 28 acres for the new park. The following year, in-house landscape architect Robert Moore created a plan for Avalon Park that was inspired by the earlier South Park designs of the nationally renowned Olmsted Brothers firm. Due to the Great Depression, however, the South Park Commission was unable to move forward with improvements. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and federal relief funding soon allowed work to begin on Avalon Park. Only partially realizing Moore's plan, the park district installed playfields, a running track, tennis and horse shoe courts, and a combination shelter and comfort station. After needing a more substantial fieldhouse for years, the park district constructed an attractive modern brick building in 1958.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.