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.

Parking/Directions

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

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

Bosley Spray Pool

Bosley Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Events

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Painting Party at Bosley

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Painting Party at Bosley

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Adult Coloring at Bosley

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Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, February 29, 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 Bosley 127428Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to June 17, 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
$93.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Bosley 136435InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Bosley 136436InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Nature Detectives at Bosley 153367InstructionOutdoor & Environment - Education7 and upCoed2016/03/10 23:00From March 10, 2016 to May 12, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Thursday, April 21, 2016
Thursday, May 5, 2016
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Bosley 138359InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$31.00
Park Voyagers at Bosley 154286InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/02/24 22:00From February 24, 2016 to April 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Voyagers at Bosley 154287InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/02/24 23:00From February 24, 2016 to April 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Bosley 138778OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Bosley 150628InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$0
Tot Spot at Bosley 150626OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 16:45From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$5.00
Trash to Treasure at Bosley 139524InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2016/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to 11:45am
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Bosley 142717InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to June 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Fun and Games at Bosley 153490InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$10.00
Girl Scouts at Bosley 154227PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$0
Horseshoes at Bosley 153491OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2016/03/26 17:00From March 26, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, April 2, 2016
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Saturday, May 14, 2016
Saturday, May 28, 2016
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Bosley 144577InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 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
$31.00
Pre-Teen Club at Bosley 144882OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Bosley 145135OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/04/12 16:00From April 12, 2016 to June 14, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Soccer at Bosley 145257InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 8, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Soccer League at Bosley 153499Individual_LeagueSports - Soccer18 and upFemale2016/05/15 16:00From May 15, 2016 to June 26, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to 1pm
$20.00
T-Ball at Bosley 145497InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/04/29 21:00From April 29, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Bosley 145668InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 17, 2016
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
Tot Spot at Bosley 153489OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2016/03/29 15:45From March 29, 2016 to June 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$6.00

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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.