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

Notes: Chicago Plays! Renovation, Spring 2016

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Avalon Park Pool

Avalon Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 1215 E. 83rd St.

Hours:

Phone: (312)747-7201

Descriptors: Outdoor, Water Slide

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

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 is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Avalon 172034OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Avalon 172318InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$12.00
Basketball at Avalon 172319InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$13.00
Chair Exercise at Avalon 188588InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Gymnastics at Avalon 173025InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Avalon 173980InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
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
Play School at Avalon 187299InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Avalon 174328InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Avalon 174392OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 174647InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$36.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 174646InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$0
Teen Leadership Connection at Avalon 174842InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Urban Moves at Avalon 175282InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 14Female2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Avalon 175328InstructionSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/01/10 01:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$18.00

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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.