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

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 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.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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 142874OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Avalon 161914OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/05/13 18:00From May 13, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$5.00
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 - FitnessAt least 25 but less than 60Coed2016/03/28 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 155955InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Avalon 155956InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Basketball Camp at Avalon 156216CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2016/07/09 15:00From July 9, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$30.00
Day Camp at Avalon 156378CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 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
$292.00
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
Lap Swim at Avalon 159313OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:30am
Each Sunday from 11am to 11:30am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Avalon 157002CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$42.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157084InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/26 16:30From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157086InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/26 17:30From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157087InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157088InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 23:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157085InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/25 16:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Avalon 157083InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Avalon 159312OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 159440InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
Strength & Conditioning at Avalon 159441InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$18.00
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
Teen Camp at Avalon 158348CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 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
$292.00
Youth Swim at Avalon 158744OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$0

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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.