Carver Park

  • 939 E. 132nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60627 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Raymond Richard
  • Phone: (312) 747-6047

Located in the Altgeld community, Carver Park totals 15.71 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, boxing ring, and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers a playground, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose clubrooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, boxing, Inner City Basketball, Inner City Baseball, and Inner City Football. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to a menu of programs, Carver Park hosts special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

Carver Park lies adjacent to the Chicago Housing Authority's Altgeld Gardens housing development and the Chicago Board of Education's George Washington Carver School. When the C.H.A. constructed Altgeld Gardens in 1943/1944, the project quadrupled the housing stock in the Riverdale neighborhood. Several years later, the Chicago Park District, recognizing the increasing need for recreational opportunities, began to purchase land for park development. Today, in addition to maintaining extensive outdoor recreational facilities at Carver Park, the Chicago Park District operates the Altgeld Garden Homes Community Center jointly with C.H.A. and the board of education. George Washington Carver (c.1861-1943), for whom both the park and the neighboring school are named, was a highly-influential African-American scientist. Born to a slave mother, Carver had to support himself from an early age, but managed to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State Agricultural College once he reached his 30s. In 1896, he moved to Alabama to direct the newly-organized department of agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver urged southern farmers to plant alternative crops - peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes - to replenish soil devastated by years of uninterrupted cotton production. When there proved to be little commercial demand for these crops, Carver embarked on extensive research to develop marketable derivative products. Carver's work at Tuskegee dramatically altered agricultural production in the south and greatly stimulated the region's economy.

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

Carver Baseball Fields

Carver Baseball Fields

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Basketball Courts

Carver Basketball Courts

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Boxing Gym

Carver Boxing Gym

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Fieldhouse

Carver Fieldhouse

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Fitness Center

Carver Fitness Center

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Notes: M, 12-8:45pm; Tue/ F, 10-8:45pm; Sa, 11-4:45pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership

Carver Football/Soccer

Carver Football/Soccer

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Gymnasium

Carver Gymnasium

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Clubrooms

Carver Clubrooms

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Picnic Area

Carver Picnic Area

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Playgrounds

Carver Playgrounds

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Sandbox

Carver Sandbox

Location: 939 E.132nd St.

Carver Sand Volleyball

Carver Sand Volleyball

Location: 939 E. 132nd St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Basketball - Open at Carver 82014OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 2pm
$20.00
Boxing at Carver 82107InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 4pm
Free
Boxing at Carver 82108InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:15pm
$20.00
Boxing at Carver 82106InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Free
Day Camp at Carver 82220CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$115.00
Early Bird Camp at Carver 82348CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$10.00
Extended Camp at Carver 82430CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$10.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Carver 82658Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 10, 2014 to August 14, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - RBI Sr. at Carver 82674Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 13, 2014
Each Monday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm
Free
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Carver 82684Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom May 27, 2014 to August 7, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Carver 82820InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 82821InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 82822InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 82823InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Carver 86961OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Carver 86962OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Open Swim at Carver 86963OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Free
Open Swim at Carver 88937OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5:45pm
Free
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 81783Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 16, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Carver Cancelled91849OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
$20.00
Basketball at Carver 92247InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Basketball at Carver 92246InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$2.00
Boxing at Carver 92466InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Free
Dance - Ballroom at Carver 94876InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:45pm
Free
Open Swim at Carver 94794OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:45pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 94639InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 94639InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Carver 95475Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free

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Description

Located in the Altgeld community, Carver Park totals 15.71 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, boxing ring, and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers a playground, baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our multi-purpose clubrooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, boxing, Inner City Basketball, Inner City Baseball, and Inner City Football. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to a menu of programs, Carver Park hosts special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 939 E. 132nd St. 4
Basketball Court - Outdoor 939 E. 132nd St. 2
Boxing Gym 939 E. 132nd St. 1
Fieldhouse 939 E. 132nd St. 0
Fitness Centers 939 E. 132nd St. 1 M, 12-8:45pm; Tue/ F, 10-8:45pm; Sa, 11-4:45pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 939 E. 132nd St. 2
Gymnasiums 939 E. 132nd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 939 E. 132nd St. 4
Picnic Groves 939 E. 132nd St. 1
Playgrounds 939 E. 132nd St. 2
Sandboxes 939 E.132nd St. 1
Swimming Pools 939 E. 132nd St. 0
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 939 E. 132nd St. 1
Carver Park lies adjacent to the Chicago Housing Authority's Altgeld Gardens housing development and the Chicago Board of Education's George Washington Carver School. When the C.H.A. constructed Altgeld Gardens in 1943/1944, the project quadrupled the housing stock in the Riverdale neighborhood. Several years later, the Chicago Park District, recognizing the increasing need for recreational opportunities, began to purchase land for park development. Today, in addition to maintaining extensive outdoor recreational facilities at Carver Park, the Chicago Park District operates the Altgeld Garden Homes Community Center jointly with C.H.A. and the board of education. George Washington Carver (c.1861-1943), for whom both the park and the neighboring school are named, was a highly-influential African-American scientist. Born to a slave mother, Carver had to support himself from an early age, but managed to obtain bachelor's and master's degrees from Iowa State Agricultural College once he reached his 30s. In 1896, he moved to Alabama to direct the newly-organized department of agriculture at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver urged southern farmers to plant alternative crops - peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes - to replenish soil devastated by years of uninterrupted cotton production. When there proved to be little commercial demand for these crops, Carver embarked on extensive research to develop marketable derivative products. Carver's work at Tuskegee dramatically altered agricultural production in the south and greatly stimulated the region's economy.

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