Chicago Park District
Nash Community Center

Nash Community Center

Nash Playground

Nash Playground

Gym at Nash Community Center

Gym at Nash Community Center

Pool at Nash Community Center

Pool at Nash Community Center

Fitness Center

Fitness Center


Don Nash Community Center

1833 E. 71st Chicago IL 60649

Hours: +Park: 6am - 11pm Fieldhouse: M-F 7am-9pm

Sa 9am - 5pm, Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Rochelle Portee-White

(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.


Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us! 



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 - Indoor 1833 E. 71st 0 Spring Season Pool Schedule Accessibility feature: Lift
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.

Contact: Korla Williams

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 256-0904


Meeting Date/Time: 2nd Thursday of the month at 11:30 a.m.

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