Avalon Park

  • 1215 E. 83rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60619 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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

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

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Family Swim at Avalon 156685OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/24 22:30From June 24, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Avalon 158300InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/17 22:45From June 17, 2016 to September 12, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Avalon 184101InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Avalon 165262OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Avalon 184099InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
$5.00
Basketball at Avalon 184098InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 165394InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/10/01 15:00From October 1, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 165395InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/10/01 17:00From October 1, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Conditioning at Avalon 165616InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 25 but less than 59Coed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Avalon 185000InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Gymnastics at Avalon 166114InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Female2016/09/27 21:00From September 27, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 184097InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Male2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Avalon 167262InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
$67.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Avalon 167336Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$201.00
Play School at Avalon 184102InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 167842InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/27 21:00From September 27, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 167904OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 184996InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 184997InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 186584InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 184998InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Avalon 168345InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Urban Moves at Avalon 184100InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 15Female2016/09/27 23:00From September 27, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 168929InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$17.00
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 169027CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/12/26 14:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 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
$42.00

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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.