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

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.

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 Monday, December 12, 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
Fun and Games at Bosley 184662InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$12.00
Girl Scouts Partnership at Bosley 184669PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 7 but less than 13Female2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Bosley 167265InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 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
$32.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Bosley 167374Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:00From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$96.00
Senior Citizens Club at Bosley 167905OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2016 to December 13, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Bosley 171912InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Fun and Games at Bosley 187903InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Winter at Bosley 173983InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$32.00
Senior Citizens Club at Bosley 174394OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 2pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Bosley 174820InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/09 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
$0
Tot Spot at Bosley 175131OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:30am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:30am
$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.