Bosley Playground Park

  • 3044 S. Bonfield St.   Chicago, Illinois 60608 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Briana Gaitan
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6026

Located in the Bridgeport Community, Bosley Park totals [2.38] acres and features a D-2 field house with a meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, horseshoe area, a playground and interactive water spray feature.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as soccer play. Park-goers can play 5 on 5 soccer, flag football, basketball and other seasonal sports at the facility. After school sports programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camp for summer includes a play camp for toddlers. In addition to programs, Bosley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Easter Bunny Events and a community flea market.

History

In 1899, Mayor Carter Harrison formed the Special Park Commission to study Chicago's open space needs and establish playgrounds in densely-populated neighborhoods. Two years later, the commission created Bosley Park. Originally known as Holden Playground, the new park provided breathing space in the overcrowded Bridgeport neighborhood as well as a playground for nearby Holden Elementary School. Recognizing that, at less than one acre, this small playground could not meet all of the community's recreational needs, the Special Park Commission began efforts to enlarge the park. In 1902, the city began leasing adjacent property from the University of Chicago and a private owner, with the option to buy the land in the future. Then in 1907, the city extended the lease agreement with the University of Chicago to include additional property, expanding the park to more than two acres in size. After its expansion, Holden Park included a small recreation building, sand boxes, playground equipment, and a playfield. During wintertime, the playfield was flooded for ice skating and a toboggan slide was erected. In 1916, Mr. William F. Bosley donated $9,000, allowing the city to purchase the leased property. In gratitude for this generous donation, the city renamed the site for Bosley. After initial improvements, the park remained largely unchanged until 1939, when the city installed a wading pool at one end of the rectangular site. In the early 1950s, the wading pool was converted to a spraypool and basketball courts were installed. The city transferred Bosley Park to the Chicago Park District along with more than 250 other properties in 1959. Thirty years later, the park received a new soft surface playground and its landscape underwent a major re-planting.

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Bosley T-ball Diamond

Bosley T-ball Diamond

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Bosley Basketball

Bosley Basketball

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Notes: Mid-Size Court

Descriptors: Lighted

Bosley Fieldhouse

Bosley Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Hours: ,

Bosley Football/Soccer Field

Bosley Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Notes: Suitable for children

Bosley Horseshoe Courts

Bosley Horseshoe Courts

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Bosley Clubrooms

Bosley Clubrooms

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Notes: Club rooms for 20 people or less

Bosley Playground

Bosley PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Bosley Spray Pool

Bosley Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Events

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 20, 2015.

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 Bosley 94119Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 20:00From September 2, 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
$90.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Bosley Playground 129144InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 1:45pm
$41.00
Arts & Crafts at Bosley Playground 129146InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Bosley Playground 129151InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Mixed Media Arts at Bosley Playground 129149InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 12Coed2015/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Bosley 106949InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 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
$31.00
Pre-Teen Club at Bosley Playground 129155OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Bosley Playground 107368OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Bosley Playground 129154InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
T-Ball at Bosley Playground 129153InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
Teen Leadership Club at Bosley Playground 129156InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$0
Trash to Treasure at Bosley Playground 129147InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Baseball - Cubs Care Rookie at Bosley 118069InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/30 21:00From June 30, 2015 to July 30, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Day Camp at Bosley 118351CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$120.00
Extended Camp at Bosley 118571CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Teen Camp at Bosley 131641CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$0

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Located in the Bridgeport Community, Bosley Park totals [2.38] acres and features a D-2 field house with a meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, horseshoe area, a playground and interactive water spray feature.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as soccer play. Park-goers can play 5 on 5 soccer, flag football, basketball and other seasonal sports at the facility. After school sports programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camp for summer includes a play camp for toddlers. In addition to programs, Bosley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Easter Bunny Events and a community flea market.

In 1899, Mayor Carter Harrison formed the Special Park Commission to study Chicago's open space needs and establish playgrounds in densely-populated neighborhoods. Two years later, the commission created Bosley Park. Originally known as Holden Playground, the new park provided breathing space in the overcrowded Bridgeport neighborhood as well as a playground for nearby Holden Elementary School. Recognizing that, at less than one acre, this small playground could not meet all of the community's recreational needs, the Special Park Commission began efforts to enlarge the park. In 1902, the city began leasing adjacent property from the University of Chicago and a private owner, with the option to buy the land in the future. Then in 1907, the city extended the lease agreement with the University of Chicago to include additional property, expanding the park to more than two acres in size. After its expansion, Holden Park included a small recreation building, sand boxes, playground equipment, and a playfield. During wintertime, the playfield was flooded for ice skating and a toboggan slide was erected. In 1916, Mr. William F. Bosley donated $9,000, allowing the city to purchase the leased property. In gratitude for this generous donation, the city renamed the site for Bosley. After initial improvements, the park remained largely unchanged until 1939, when the city installed a wading pool at one end of the rectangular site. In the early 1950s, the wading pool was converted to a spraypool and basketball courts were installed. The city transferred Bosley Park to the Chicago Park District along with more than 250 other properties in 1959. Thirty years later, the park received a new soft surface playground and its landscape underwent a major re-planting.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.