Carver Park

  • 939 E. 132nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60627 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • 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 Sand Volleyball

Carver Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Adult Swim at Carver 155916OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Basketball - Open at Carver 156149OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$9.00
Basketball - Open at Carver 156148OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$60.00
Boxing at Carver 159436InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 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
$0
Boxing at Carver 159437InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$12.00
Day Camp at Carver 156386CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$123.00
Early Bird Camp at Carver 156516CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$12.00
Extended Camp at Carver 156606CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$12.00
Family Swim at Carver 159823OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/24 21:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Carver 159456InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Carver 159457InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 23:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Carver 156898Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 18:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Carver 182221InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 20:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 159822InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 182220InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 20:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 182219InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 21:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 157094InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Carver 157332OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 19:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Carver 158127InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/06/22 18:00From June 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4:30pm
$0
Senior Swim at Carver 182222OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
TEAM Sports at Carver 158303InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Teen Fit Box Camp at Carver 184122CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/08/15 16:00From August 15, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 4pm
Each Friday from 11am to 4pm
$0
Teen Swim at Carver 158413OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Carver 182684InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 158674Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/17 21:00From June 17, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Carver 159458InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Yoga at Carver 159459InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/24 21:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Carver 158745OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$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.