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 Park - M&R Snack Cart

Avalon Park - M&R Snack Cart

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Hours:

Phone: (708)612-5232

Avalon Fieldhouse

Avalon Fieldhouse

Hours: , ,

Avalon Fitness Center

Avalon Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes: Sign up for a membership

Avalon Football/Soccer Field

Avalon Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

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

Avalon Park Pool

Avalon Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-7201

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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Avalon 127389Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 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
$198.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Avalon 136672OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$6.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 136837InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$11.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 136838InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$11.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Avalon Cancelled150107InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 45 but less than 60Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1:30pm
$10.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Avalon Cancelled137119InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 137492InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Avalon 138356InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$66.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 138703InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 138776OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Avalon 138900InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 137088InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 137775InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 151016InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 15:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 150108InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$17.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Avalon 149860InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Urban Moves at Avalon 139585InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 14Female2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 139621InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/01/05 01:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$16.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Avalon 142874OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$7.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 143087InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$12.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 143088InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Conditioning at Avalon 143313InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:30From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Indoor Soccer at Avalon 143890InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 21:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Avalon 144574InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 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
$66.00
Seasonal Sports at Avalon 144972InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 145133OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Avalon 145400CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/04 13:00From April 4, 2016 to April 8, 2016
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
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 153737InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:30From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 153735InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/28 23:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 153736InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Teen Leadership Connection at Avalon 153870InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Urban Moves at Avalon 146091InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Avalon 146117OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$17.00

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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.