Carver Park

  • 939 E. 132nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60627 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Raymond Richard
  • 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

Location Notes: 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 Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

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 Playgrounds

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Carver Sandbox

Carver Sandbox

Location Notes: 939 E.132nd St.

Carver Sand Volleyball

Carver Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 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 Cancelled91849OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/20 18:00From 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 18Coed2014/09/15 23:30From 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 16Coed2014/09/16 23:30From 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 92465InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 92466InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 112136InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$10.00
Dance - Ballroom at Carver 94876InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/15 23:00From 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
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Carver 94157InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Carver 93419InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Carver 93537InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 93536InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 111842InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 111843InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 111844InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 111845InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Carver 94035InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:45From August 25, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Carver 94102Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/08/25 19:45From August 25, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$60.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 94640InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/16 21:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 94639InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2014/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Carver 95475Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/08/29 22:00From August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Carver 98904OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 9pm
$0
Basketball Camp at Carver 98804CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/01/10 19:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Boxing at Carver 99147InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 9 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 7pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 99148InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Boxing at Carver 112755InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2015/01/07 01:00From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Game Room - Open at Carver 112757OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$3.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 100137InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Carver 100136InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Carver 100904InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$20.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 101261InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
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
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 101260InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2015/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Club at Carver 112756OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$0

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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.