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.

Events

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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 dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Arts & Crafts at Bosley 184661InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 10:45am
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Basketball - Teen League at Bosley 184666Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 15Male2016/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2016 to November 3, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Flag Football at Bosley 184667InstructionSports - FootballAt least 12 but less than 15Male2016/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2016 to November 4, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
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
Soccer at Bosley 184663InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2016 to November 2, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$7.00
Teen Club at Bosley 184671OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 18, 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 184664OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 11am 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.