Don Nash Community Center

  • 1833 E. 71st St.   Chicago, Illinois 60649 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Rochelle Portee-White
  • Park 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 Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Hours: , ,

Don Nash  Fitness Center

Don Nash Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

M-F, 7-8:45pm;

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Don Nash Gymnasium

Don Nash Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash Clubrooms

Don Nash Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1833 E. 71st

Don Nash  Playground

Don Nash PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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 register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Adult Swim at Don Nash 155920OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Monday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 8pm to 8:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155967InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155968InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 13:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155972InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155970InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 13:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155969InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 13:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155971InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Don Nash 155966InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 13:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156045InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156046InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 14:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156048InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 14:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156047InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 14:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Don Nash 156044InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 14:00From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Day Camp at Don Nash 156401CampsCamps - 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
$252.00
Early Bird Camp at Don Nash 156523CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 12:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$124.00
Early Bird Camp at Don Nash 156522CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$84.00
Extended Camp at Don Nash 156612CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$84.00
Family Swim at Don Nash 156692OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 00:00From June 24, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Lap Swim at Don Nash 156974OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 12:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$40.00
Late Summer Camp at Don Nash 157004CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/08/15 13:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$52.00
Late Summer Camp at Don Nash 157005CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/08/22 13:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$52.00
Leadership Camp at Don Nash 157046CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 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
$245.00
Leadership Camp at Don Nash 157045CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$84.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157118InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157117InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Don Nash 157114InstructionAquatics - 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
Open Swim at Don Nash 157337OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 18:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Don Nash 158308InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Youth Swim at Don Nash 158747OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 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
$0

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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.

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.