Clark (John) Park

  • 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Joshua QuiƱones
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-7794

Located in the Austin Community, Clark Park totals 1.70 acres and features a field house with a large meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, a softball field, a playground and a swimming pool. The playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. Many of these amenities are available as rental spaces for athletic competitions, childrens' parties or other special events.

Park patrons come to Clark Park to play football, soccer or basketball at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Clark Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and holiday activities.

History

Just before 1900, the City of Chicago acquired a parcel of land on West Jackson Boulevard in the Austin community. Having used the site for many years as a Water Pipe and District Yard, the city decided to develop the property as parkland for the rapidly-growing neighborhood, transferring it to the Bureau of Parks and Recreation in 1923. Within a few years, the property was equipped with a small recreation building with open sand court wings, playground apparatus, and a playing field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. Expanding the park onto several adjacent lots in 1928, the bureau constructed an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter. The open wings of the recreation structure were enclosed in 1947, creating a year-round facility.

The Chicago Park District began leasing the park in 1959. A decade later, the park district replaced the deteriorating wading pool with a larger swimming pool. A soft surface playground was installed in 1991, and trees planted several years later.

The park honors John S. Clark (1892-1960), who was elected alderman of the surrounding 30th Ward in 1917, at the early age of 25. (At the time, the city regularly named parks for the sitting aldermen of the wards in which the properties were located.) In 1927, Clark became chairman of the City Council's powerful Finance Committee. He served the 30th Ward until 1934, when he was elected Cook County Assessor, a position he held for 20 years. Throughout his life, Clark actively participated in civic affairs on Chicago's west side.

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Clark Diamond Softball

Clark Diamond Softball

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Basketball

Clark Basketball

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Fieldhouse

Clark Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Hours: ,

Clark Football/Soccer

Clark Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Descriptors: Grass

Clark Dance Halls

Clark Dance Halls

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Playground

Clark PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Clark Park Pool

Clark Park Pool (1)

Location Notes: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Hours:

Phone: (773)743-1220

Descriptors: Outdoor

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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 view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Cross Country at Clark (John) 202670InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/09/12 22:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Clark (John) 202690InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$5.00
Park Kids - Fall at Clark (John) 203612InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to December 15, 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
$16.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Clark (John) 203643Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 20:00From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$48.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Clark (John) 203921InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 17Male2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Clark (John) 203950OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Clark (John) 204311OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 22:30From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Clark (John) 210276InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 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
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Clark (John) 216090InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 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
$15.00

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Located in the Austin Community, Clark Park totals 1.70 acres and features a field house with a large meeting room. Outside, the park offers a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer, a softball field, a playground and a swimming pool. The playground was renovated in Summer 2014 as part of Mayor Emanuel’s Chicago Plays! Program. Many of these amenities are available as rental spaces for athletic competitions, childrens' parties or other special events.

Park patrons come to Clark Park to play football, soccer or basketball at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Clark Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as gym showcases and holiday activities.

Just before 1900, the City of Chicago acquired a parcel of land on West Jackson Boulevard in the Austin community. Having used the site for many years as a Water Pipe and District Yard, the city decided to develop the property as parkland for the rapidly-growing neighborhood, transferring it to the Bureau of Parks and Recreation in 1923. Within a few years, the property was equipped with a small recreation building with open sand court wings, playground apparatus, and a playing field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. Expanding the park onto several adjacent lots in 1928, the bureau constructed an oval wading pool with a pergola shelter. The open wings of the recreation structure were enclosed in 1947, creating a year-round facility.

The Chicago Park District began leasing the park in 1959. A decade later, the park district replaced the deteriorating wading pool with a larger swimming pool. A soft surface playground was installed in 1991, and trees planted several years later.

The park honors John S. Clark (1892-1960), who was elected alderman of the surrounding 30th Ward in 1917, at the early age of 25. (At the time, the city regularly named parks for the sitting aldermen of the wards in which the properties were located.) In 1927, Clark became chairman of the City Council's powerful Finance Committee. He served the 30th Ward until 1934, when he was elected Cook County Assessor, a position he held for 20 years. Throughout his life, Clark actively participated in civic affairs on Chicago's west side.

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