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

Carver Sand Volleyball

Carver Sand Volleyball

Location Notes: 939 E. 132nd St.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Carver 184340Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to June 9, 2017$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
TEAM Sports at Carver 174735InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 22:15From January 12, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$35.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 175406Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Carver 178168OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:50pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 197896InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 197898InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 197899InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:30From April 4, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 197900InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:30From April 5, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Carver 197901InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:30From April 6, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Carver 178539OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:15pm
$40.00
Basketball - Open at Carver 178540OpenSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 178824InstructionSports - BoxingAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$0
Boxing at Carver 178825InstructionSports - Boxing18 and upCoed2017/04/03 22:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 8pm
$14.00
Circus Arts at Carver 192366InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 22:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Family Swim at Carver 179195OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Fun and Games at Carver 198065InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & Games18 and upCoed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Fun Food Facts at Carver 179345InstructionWellness - NutritionAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Game Room at Carver 179357OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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
$0
Game Room at Carver 179356OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Carver 179719Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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
Learn to Swim (Special Recreation) at Carver 193735InstructionAquatics - LessonsAnyCoed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Carver 179856InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Carver 193734InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Open Swim at Carver 180238OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Carver 180419InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 180833InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/03 22:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Carver 180832InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Swim at Carver 197911OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Swimming at Carver 181137InstructionAquatics - Lessons8 and upCoed2017/04/04 21:15From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Carver 181157CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/10 15:00From April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017
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
$0
Step Aerobics at Carver 198512InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Step Aerobics at Carver 198066InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Carver 197909InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:15From April 6, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Carver 192900OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Carver 193733InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Carver 192899InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Carver 182050Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/14 21:00From April 14, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Carver 193736InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 22:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Youth Swim at Carver 182179OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$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.