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, 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 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

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now. 

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) 162594InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Clark (John) 162605InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:15pm
$4.00
Park Kids - Fall at Clark (John) 162700InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 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
$15.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Clark (John) 185140Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 20:00From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$45.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Clark (John) 163963InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 17Male2016/09/21 22:00From September 21, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Clark (John) 163992OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Clark (John) 164334OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$0

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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, 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.

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.