Avalon Park

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

Avalon Basketball

Avalon Basketball

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Park - M&R Snack Cart

Avalon Park - M&R Snack Cart

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Fitness Center

Avalon Fitness Center

Location: 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: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Gymnasium

Avalon Gymnasium

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Paths and Trails

Avalon Paths and Trails

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Tennis

Avalon Tennis

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Water Playground

Avalon Water Playground

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Avalon Spray Features

Avalon Spray Features

Location: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 81832InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 81833InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 82090InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10CoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Avalon 82089InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15CoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$10.00
Day Camp at Avalon 82211CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$200.00
Early Bird Camp at Avalon 82765CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$40.00
Extended Camp at Avalon 83221CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$40.00
Family Swim at Avalon 87134OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Free
Kickboxing at Avalon 82748InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Late Summer Camp at Avalon 88480CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82809InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82807InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82810InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82811InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82808InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 82806InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Avalon 87128OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 5:15pm
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
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 5:15pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Avalon 83353InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 29, 2014
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
$28.00
Teen Camp at Avalon 83397CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$200.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Avalon 92241InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom 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 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Avalon 92601InstructionWellness - Fitness25 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Free
Crazy Crafter's Club at Avalon 92642InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12:30pm
Free
Kickboxing at Avalon 93440InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$45.00
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 94461OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Free
Teen Club at Avalon 94835OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free
Volleyball at Avalon 95377InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom 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 14CoedFrom 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
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 95483CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom 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
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 95483CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom 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
Winter Break Camp at Avalon 95483CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom 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

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Concessions Avalon, 1215 E. 83rd St. 0
Fieldhouse 0
Fitness Centers 1215 E. 83rd St. 1 M-F, 8-9pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Gymnasiums 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Paths and Trails 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Swimming Pools 1215 E. 83rd St. 0
Tennis Courts 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Water Playgrounds 1215 E. 83rd St. 1
Water Spray Features 1215 E. 83rd St. 1

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.