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

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 11, 2016.

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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clark (John) 154353InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clark (John) 154354InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 17:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clark (John) 154355InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 17:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clark (John) 154356InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 17:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Clark (John) 154357InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Day Camp at Clark (John) 154605CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$126.00
Family Swim at Clark (John) 154763OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 7:15pm
$0
Late Summer Camp at Clark (John) 154934CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$41.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 154986InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 16:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 154988InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/26 17:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 154985InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Clark (John) 154987InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Parent and Tot Swim at Clark (John) 155165OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 18:15From June 20, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at Clark (John) 159745OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Clark (John) 159745OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Youth Swim at Clark (John) 155881OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/17 20:15From June 17, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4:45pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
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 3:15pm to 4:45pm
$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.