Bosley Playground Park

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

Located in the Bridgeport Community, Bosley Park totals 2.38 acres and features a small field house with a meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, a horseshoe area, a playground and an 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

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

Descriptors: Grass

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

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Bosley Spray Pool

Bosley Spray Pool

Location Notes: 3044 S. Bonfield St.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Bosley 195305InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/06/13 21:00From June 13, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Chess Partnership at Bosley 199326PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 14:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$150.00
Day Camp at Bosley 195595CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$132.00
Drop-in Camp at Bosley 195719CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 17:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Extended Camp at Bosley 195818CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$13.00
Leadership Camp at Bosley 199252CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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 small field house with a meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, a horseshoe area, a playground and an 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.