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

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Avalon Fitness Center

Avalon Fitness CenterAccessible

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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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Avalon 195303InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/06/27 21:00From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
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
Day Camp at Avalon 195592CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 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
$307.00
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
Teen Camp at Avalon 197196CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 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
$307.00
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

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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.