Carver Park

  • 939 E. 132nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60827 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Bryan Bradley
  • Park 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.

Parking/Directions

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

Carver Baseball Fields

Carver Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Basketball Courts

Carver Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Boxing Gym

Carver Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Fieldhouse

Carver Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Hours: , ,

Carver Fitness Center

Carver Fitness Center

Hours: , , ,

Notes:

M, 12-8:45pm; Tue/ F, 10-8:45pm; Sa, 11-4:45pm; Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Carver Football/Soccer

Carver Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Descriptors: Grass

Carver Gymnasium

Carver Gymnasium

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Clubrooms

Carver Clubrooms

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Picnic Area

Carver Picnic Area

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Playgrounds

Carver PlaygroundsAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Carver Sandbox

Carver Sandbox

Location Notes: 939 E.132nd St.

Carver Park Pool

Carver Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)745-2262

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift

9/11-12/10 Carver Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 9/12/2017 - 12/11/2017

Carver Sand Volleyball

Carver Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
Adult Swim at Carver 204835OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 224246InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 224247InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 224249InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 224254InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 224250InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Carver 205194OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$48.00
Boxing at Carver 205544InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 17Coed2017/10/09 20:30From October 9, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 205545InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$13.00
Family Swim at Carver 224257OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Lap Swim at Carver 224258OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to January 7, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 206517InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 224263InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Carver 223850InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Open Swim at Carver 206965OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Carver 207135Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to June 1, 2018$0
Step Aerobics at Carver 223851InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Carver 207930InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 20:00From September 11, 2017 to January 6, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$35.00
Teen Fit Box at Carver 223852InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Swim at Carver 224261OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 208529Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/30 23:30From August 30, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$0
Youth Swim at Carver 208729OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Carver 211258OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:50pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Carver 211618OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Boxing at Carver 212001InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
Boxing at Carver 212002InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$14.00
Circus Arts at Carver 212156InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Fun and Games at Carver 212515InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Inner City Basketball at Carver 212702Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Carver 212845InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Carver 212848InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Carver 213255OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:45pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Carver 213325InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 213668InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 23:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Swim at Carver 213767OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Swimming at Carver 213936InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2018/01/09 22:15From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Carver 214075InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 22:15From January 11, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Carver 226326InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$35.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 214556Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 5pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Carver 219252InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
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

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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.

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.