Clark (John) Park

  • 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Gary Taylor
  • 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, a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer,a softball field,playground and swimming pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic competition or a child’s party.

Park-goers can 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: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Basketball

Clark Basketball

Location: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Fieldhouse

Clark Fieldhouse

Location: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Football/Soccer

Clark Football/Soccer

Location: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Dance Halls

Clark Dance Halls

Location: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Clark Playground

Clark Playground

Location: 4615 W. Jackson Blvd.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 14, 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
Day Camp at Clark (John) 80949CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$115.00
Family Swim at Clark (John) 86988OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:15pm to 7:15pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 81270InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 81272InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 81269InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 81271InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Clark (John) 86986OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at Clark (John) 86990OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 15, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 4pm
Free

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Description

Located in the Austin Community, Clark Park totals 1.70 acres and features a field house with a large meeting room. Outside, a basketball court, an athletic field for football and soccer,a softball field,playground and swimming pool.

Many of these spaces are available for rental for athletic competition or a child’s party.

Park-goers can 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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 1
Basketball Court - Outdoor 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 1
Fieldhouse 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 0
Football / Soccer 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 1
Meeting/Event Space 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 2
Playgrounds 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 1
Swimming Pools 4615 W. Jackson Blvd. 0

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.