California Park

  • 3843 N. California Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: McFetridge
  • Phone: (773) 478-2609

California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

History

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

Parking/Directions

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

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

Descriptors: Softball

California Basketball Courts

California Basketball Courts

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

McFetridge Sports Center

McFetridge Sports Center

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

California Meeting & Event Spaces

California Meeting & Event Spaces

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

California Playground

California Playground

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

McFetridge Sports Centers

McFetridge Sports Centers

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

Notes: Indoor Courts

California Water Feature Interactive

California Water Feature Interactive

Location: 3843 N. California Ave.

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
Open Swim at California 87079OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:45pm
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Sunday from 3:45pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 5:15pm
Free

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California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3843 N. California Ave. Softball 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3843 N. California Ave. 7
Fieldhouse 3843 N. California Ave. 0
Meeting/Event Space 3843 N. California Ave. 2
Playgrounds 3843 N. California Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 3843 N. California Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 3843 N. California Ave. 10 Indoor Courts
Water Spray Features 3843 N. California Ave. 1

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

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