Eckhart Park

  • 1330 W. Chicago Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60653 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Melody Mitchell
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5490

Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness center, and boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and garden.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and year ‘round Therapeutic Recreation programs.

Adults participate in a range of activities, aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park.

History

The West Park Commission created Eckhart Park in 1907 to provide breathing space and social services for one of the overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods the commission served. Two years earlier, a revolutionary system of ten neighborhood parks had opened on the city’s South Side.Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co., these innovative parks not only provided landscape amenities, but also public bathing, branches of the Chicago Public Library, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Eckhart Park was among the first in a system of small West Side parks authorized by state legislation in 1905. The park takes its name from Bernard A. Eckhart (1852-1931), who played a prominent role in the neighborhood parks movement. Eckhart, president of the West Park Commission from 1905 through 1908, hired landscape architect Jens Jensen as General Superintendent for the West Park System. Jensen went on to become known as the Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture. In 1907, Jensen began designing Eckhart Park as one of the first three small parks planned by the West Chicago Park Commissioners to provide breathing space and social services for the congested tenement districts within their jurisdiction. Eckhart Park’s 8-acre site presented Jensen with a major challenge. His initial plan of 1907 illustrates that he began with a rigid and formal layout in order to incorporate all of the ambitious program components. He later modified the plan to provide a looser organization of space, with activities integrated throughout. Eckhart Park’s final plan included a playground, open-air gymnasiums, a swimming Pool with a Prairie style bridge separating the deep and shallow ends, and community gardens where children could learn to plant and tend their plots. It also included a handsome brick field house and natatorium designed by William Carbys Zimmerman who then served as the State Architect for Illinois.

Parking/Directions

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

Eckhart Baseball Diamonds

Eckhart Baseball Diamonds

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Basketball

Eckhart Basketball

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Boxing Gym

Eckhart Boxing Gym

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Park

Eckhart Park

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Park - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Eckhart Park - Kim & Carlo's Chicago Style Hot Dog

Location: 1330 W. Chicago Ave

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)969-0462

Descriptors: Food & Beverage

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Eckhart Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Hours: , ,

Eckhart Fitness Center

Eckhart Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

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

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Eckhart Athletic Field

Eckhart Athletic Field

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Eckhart Gymnasiums

Eckhart Gymnasiums

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Notes: 2 Large

Eckhart Auditorium & Clubrooms

Eckhart Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

Eckhart Playground

Eckhart PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Eckhart Spray Pool

Eckhart Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

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. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

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.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Family Swim at Eckhart 156695OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 23:15From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
Friday, July 1, 2016
$0
Football Camp at Eckhart 159485CampsCamps - SportsAt 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
$52.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Eckhart 156928InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/06/14 21:30From June 14, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 1, 2016
Plus the following dates:
Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Eckhart 156934InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/06/14 21:30From June 14, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Kickboxing at Eckhart 156961InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Lap Swim at Eckhart 156976OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 11:45From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 6:45am to 10am
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 10am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 6:45am to 10am
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, July 1, 2016
From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 157123InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 15:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 13, 2016
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 157122InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 16:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, August 13, 2016
$30.00
Senior Swim at Eckhart 160100OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/07/07 15:45From July 7, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$0
Sports Camp (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 158207CampsCamps - Sports18 and upCoed2016/08/15 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
$0
Sports Camp at Eckhart 159484CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/08/15 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
$52.00
TEAM Sports at Eckhart 158310InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/14 22:00From June 14, 2016 to September 9, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Yoga/Pilates at Eckhart 158732InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/23 22:45From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$22.00
Youth Swim at Eckhart 158748OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/06/20 20:45From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Youth Swim at Eckhart 158748OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/06/20 20:45From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Youth Swim at Eckhart 158748OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 16Coed2016/06/20 20:45From June 21, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
From June 20, 2016 to July 1, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11:45am
Each Friday from 10am to 11:45am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 164856InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 164857InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 164858InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Eckhart 164855InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Eckhart 165157OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$12.00
Basketball at Eckhart 165272InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/11/11 22:30From November 11, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Basketball League at Eckhart 165333Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$156.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 165454InstructionSports - Bowling8 and upCoed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 6:30pm
$0
CPD Water Polo Club at Eckhart 165648InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$75.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Eckhart 165678InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help18 and upCoed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$21.00
Fitness (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 165888InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/24 21:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Fun and Games (Special Rec) at Eckhart 183890InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 20:00From September 20, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$51.00
Junior Bear Cheerleading at Eckhart 166562InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 14Female2016/09/02 21:30From September 2, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Eckhart 166567InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Eckhart 166577InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/08/30 21:30From August 30, 2016 to October 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 2:30pm
$0
Kickboxing at Eckhart 166605InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/23 00:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Lap Swim at Eckhart 166702OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to January 7, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Monday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2:45pm
Each Friday from 6:45am to 9:30am
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166747InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:15From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166742InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166744InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:15From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166745InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:15From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166746InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Eckhart 166743InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 20:45From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Eckhart 167166OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 15:45From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10:45am to 11:45am
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Eckhart 167279InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 6pm
$146.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Eckhart 167348Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:30From September 13, 2016 to June 27, 2017$438.00
Recreational Tumbling at Eckhart 167642InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to December 5, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Eckhart 167851InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Saturday from 11:50am to 1pm
$0
Social Club (Special Recreation) at Eckhart 168096InstructionSpecial Interest - Clubs18 and upCoed2016/09/20 18:00From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Special Olympics Floor Hockey at Eckhart 168109InstructionSports - Floor Hockey18 and upCoed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$11.00
Special Olympics Powerlifting at Eckhart 183891InstructionSports - Weightlifting18 and upCoed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Eckhart 168114InstructionSports - Seasonal Sports18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
$11.00
Strength & Conditioning at Eckhart 168169InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
TEAM Sports at Eckhart 168243InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:15From September 19, 2016 to January 5, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6:45pm
$28.00
Team Tumbling at Eckhart 168270InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 168571InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/20 14:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 168574InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 14:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 168572InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/23 14:45From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9:45am to 10:45am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Eckhart 168573InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 14:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 168685InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 21:15From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 168683InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 11:15am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Eckhart 168684InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:15From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$34.00
Volleyball at Eckhart 168935InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/11/09 22:30From November 9, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$12.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Eckhart 169023CampsCamps - General Interest8 and upCoed2016/12/27 15:30From December 27, 2016 to January 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 2, 2017
$50.00
Winter Break Camp at Eckhart 169031CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2016 to January 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$50.00
Yoga at Eckhart 169102InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$22.00
Yoga/Pilates at Eckhart 169156InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 22:45From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$22.00

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Located in the West Town Community, Eckhart Park totals 8.12 acres and features indoor swimming pool, meeting rooms, fitness center, and boxing center. Outdoors, the park offers baseball diamonds, athletic field for football and soccer, a playground and garden.

Young park-goers can play seasonal sports at the facility. In the summer, youth attend day camp, and year ‘round Therapeutic Recreation programs.

Adults participate in a range of activities, aquatic classes and seasonal sports. Parents gather at Eckhart Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots.

In addition to programs, Eckhart Park hosts fun special events for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park.

The West Park Commission created Eckhart Park in 1907 to provide breathing space and social services for one of the overcrowded immigrant neighborhoods the commission served. Two years earlier, a revolutionary system of ten neighborhood parks had opened on the city’s South Side.Designed by the Olmsted Brothers and D.H. Burnham & Co., these innovative parks not only provided landscape amenities, but also public bathing, branches of the Chicago Public Library, classes and vocational training, inexpensive hot meals, health care, and a variety of recreational programs. Eckhart Park was among the first in a system of small West Side parks authorized by state legislation in 1905. The park takes its name from Bernard A. Eckhart (1852-1931), who played a prominent role in the neighborhood parks movement. Eckhart, president of the West Park Commission from 1905 through 1908, hired landscape architect Jens Jensen as General Superintendent for the West Park System. Jensen went on to become known as the Dean of the Prairie style of landscape architecture. In 1907, Jensen began designing Eckhart Park as one of the first three small parks planned by the West Chicago Park Commissioners to provide breathing space and social services for the congested tenement districts within their jurisdiction. Eckhart Park’s 8-acre site presented Jensen with a major challenge. His initial plan of 1907 illustrates that he began with a rigid and formal layout in order to incorporate all of the ambitious program components. He later modified the plan to provide a looser organization of space, with activities integrated throughout. Eckhart Park’s final plan included a playground, open-air gymnasiums, a swimming Pool with a Prairie style bridge separating the deep and shallow ends, and community gardens where children could learn to plant and tend their plots. It also included a handsome brick field house and natatorium designed by William Carbys Zimmerman who then served as the State Architect for Illinois.

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