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 Center

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Notes: M-F, 8-9pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment 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 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.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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
Basketball at Avalon 92241InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/18 23:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Avalon 110162InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 92393InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2014/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 92394InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Avalon 92601InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Avalon 92642InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 93087InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$0
Hip Hop Aerobics at Avalon 93135InstructionWellness - AerobicsAt least 9 but less than 14Female2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Kickboxing at Avalon 93440InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$45.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Avalon 94027InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
$65.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Avalon 94101Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 20:00From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$195.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 94632InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
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 94461OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2014/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Teen Club at Avalon 94835OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 95377InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2014/09/16 00:00From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:45pm
$15.00
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 95483CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2014/12/22 14:00From December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
$40.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Avalon 98895InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, February 12, 2015
$5.00
Basketball at Avalon 99066InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 20:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 99064InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 99065InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Avalon 99290InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Crazy Crafter's Club at Avalon 99331InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 112751InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Kickboxing at Avalon 100039InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$45.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Avalon 100896InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$65.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 101253InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 101340OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Avalon 101459InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
Teen Club at Avalon 101665OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Urban Moves at Avalon 99817InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 14Female2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 102124InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2015/01/06 01:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
$15.00

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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.