Don Nash Community Center

  • 1833 E. 71st St.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rochelle Portee-White
  • Phone: (773) 256-0904

Located in the South Shore community, Don Nash Community Center totals .88 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, aquatics, Pilates, yoga, seasonal sports, senior activities, Line Dancing. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Swim Camp.

In addition to programs, Don Nash Community Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

The Chicago Park District purchased the Don Nash Community Center, a former YMCA, in 1991. At the time, the surrounding South Shore community suffered from a severe shortage of recreational facilities. The area parks included neither gymnasiums nor swimming pools. The former YMCA offered both a central location in the community and approximately 35,000 square feet of space, nearly twice that of the average modern Chicago park fieldhouse. After purchasing the property, the park district extensively remodeled the building, which had been constructed by the YMCA in the 1940s. Using funds from the Government Assistance Project of the Chicago Community Trust, the park district also developed wide-ranging programming for the site. Today, Don Nash Community Center, with its gymnasium, swimming pool, kitchen, and club rooms, is popular gathering place for South Shore residents. Donald Jordan Nash (1935-1992), for whom the park is named, joined the Coca Cola Company in 1962 as a route helper, rising through the ranks to become the company's first African-American to serve as Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs. A native Chicagoan, Nash demonstrated a great commitment to children in Chicago Park District programs, volunteering as a mentor and teacher in his spare time.

Parking/Directions

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

Don Nash Fieldhouse

Don Nash Fieldhouse

Location: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash  Fitness Center

Don Nash Fitness Center

Location: 1833 E. 71st

Notes: M-F, 7-8:45pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Don Nash Gymnasium

Don Nash Gymnasium

Location: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash Clubrooms

Don Nash Clubrooms

Location: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash  Playground

Don Nash Playground

Location: 1833 E. 71st

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 81842InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 81844InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 81843InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 81845InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 81840InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II- Low Impact at Don Nash 81903InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 81912InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 81913InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 81915InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 81914InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 81911InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Day Camp at Don Nash 82234CampsCamps - 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
$235.00
Early Bird Camp at Don Nash 82355CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7am to 10am
Each Friday from 7am to 10am
$120.00
Early Bird Camp at Don Nash 82354CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$80.00
Extended Camp at Don Nash 82434CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$80.00
Family Swim at Don Nash 87232OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4pm
Free
Group Training at Don Nash 87355InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$60.00
Group Training at Don Nash 87358InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$60.00
Group Training at Don Nash 87356InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$60.00
Group Training at Don Nash 87359InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$60.00
Group Training at Don Nash 87357InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Group Training at Don Nash 87360InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom June 20, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Lap Swim at Don Nash 87407OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 9, 2014 to September 13, 2014
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Don Nash 82766CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$50.00
Late Summer Camp at Don Nash 87147CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$50.00
Leadership Camp at Don Nash 82784CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom 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
$235.00
Leadership Camp at Don Nash 82783CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$80.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 82845InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 82848InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 82846InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 82847InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 82844InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Open Swim at Don Nash 87231OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 9pm
Free
Open Swim at Don Nash 87228OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Open Swim at Don Nash 87230OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
Free
Open Swim at Don Nash 87229OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 7 but less than 17CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 83359InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91867InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91868InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91869InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91870InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91875InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91873InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91874InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91871InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91872InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91876InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91865InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 91866InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91961InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91962InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 22, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91963InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91964InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91969InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91967InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91968InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91965InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91966InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91970InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91959InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 91960InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Free
Basketball - 5 on 5 at Don Nash 92166OpenSports - Basketball21 and upMaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$44.00
Basketball Camp at Don Nash 110112CampsCamps - SportsAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$10.00
Chair Exercise at Don Nash 92552InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$10.00
Group Training at Don Nash 110114InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$30.00
Group Training at Don Nash 110115InstructionWellness - Fitness21 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$30.00
Lap Swim at Don Nash 111884OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8pm to 8:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 93546InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Free
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 93547InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 93545InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Free
Line Dance at Don Nash 110113InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$20.00
Line Dance at Don Nash 93705InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance21 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$40.00
Line Dance at Don Nash 93704InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$20.00
Open Swim at Don Nash 111886OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Free
Open Swim at Don Nash 111885OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Don Nash 111888OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 2pm
Free
Pilates at Don Nash 94182InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Pilates at Don Nash 94181InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$60.00
Senior Citizens Club at Don Nash 94465OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 23, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Tuesday from 11:30am to 1pm on the 4th week of each month
Free
Teen Leadership Connection at Don Nash 94887OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$5.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Don Nash 95146InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Walking Club at Don Nash 95442OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 7am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7am to 10am
Each Friday from 7am to 10am
Free
Weight Training at Don Nash 95457InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$60.00
Winter Break Camp at Don Nash 95485CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 6pm
Each Friday from 8am to 6pm
$50.00

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Description

Located in the South Shore community, Don Nash Community Center totals .88 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, indoor pool, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids afterschool program, aquatics, Pilates, yoga, seasonal sports, senior activities, Line Dancing. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Swim Camp.

In addition to programs, Don Nash Community Center hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Fieldhouse 1833 E. 71st 0
Fitness Centers 1833 E. 71st 1 M-F, 7-8:45pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 1833 E. 71st 1
Meeting/Event Space 1833 E. 71st 2
Playgrounds 1833 E. 71st 1
Swimming Pools 1833 E. 71st 0
The Chicago Park District purchased the Don Nash Community Center, a former YMCA, in 1991. At the time, the surrounding South Shore community suffered from a severe shortage of recreational facilities. The area parks included neither gymnasiums nor swimming pools. The former YMCA offered both a central location in the community and approximately 35,000 square feet of space, nearly twice that of the average modern Chicago park fieldhouse. After purchasing the property, the park district extensively remodeled the building, which had been constructed by the YMCA in the 1940s. Using funds from the Government Assistance Project of the Chicago Community Trust, the park district also developed wide-ranging programming for the site. Today, Don Nash Community Center, with its gymnasium, swimming pool, kitchen, and club rooms, is popular gathering place for South Shore residents. Donald Jordan Nash (1935-1992), for whom the park is named, joined the Coca Cola Company in 1962 as a route helper, rising through the ranks to become the company's first African-American to serve as Vice President of Community and Governmental Affairs. A native Chicagoan, Nash demonstrated a great commitment to children in Chicago Park District programs, volunteering as a mentor and teacher in his spare time.

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