Merrimac Park

  • 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60634 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Donna Segreti
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3382

Located near the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue in the Dunning community, Merrimac Park sits on approximately 9 acres and features a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, 5 clubrooms, and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers 2 small walking trails, 3 softball fields, playground, and spray pool.

The park staff offers a wide range of sports and fitness programming for community residents of all levels and age groups. We invite you to check out our woodshop, where youth, adults and seniors enjoy learning to use scroll and band saws to create a variety of wood projects.

Merrimac Park is noted for its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Downhill Derby, featuring small race cars crafted by youth under the supervision of the park’s woodshop instructor.The park is also the site of one of the local social clubs for seniors.

History

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. In 1948, a citizens' advisory committee for new parks recommended a number of potential sites. Among them was a 9-acre picnic and dance ground in the rapidly growing Dunning neighborhood. Known as Kolze's Electric Grove, the site dated to the 1890s, when hotel owner Henry Kolze decided to create an attraction for riders of newly-reaching streetcar lines. Purchasing wooded land near his inn, Kolze strung large gas lamps, offered a nightly orchestra, and beer at a nickel a glass. In 1950, the park district condemned Kolze's Electric Grove, and demolished the site's dance shelter, concession stands, raffle tables, and cafeteria. Retaining many of the older trees, the park district transformed the site into parkland between 1951 and 1956, installing an athletic field, a children's playground, and tennis and basketball courts. At that time, the original clapboard dining hall and tavern structure was converted for use as a fieldhouse. In 1969, the park district replaced the structure with a modern brick fieldhouse. In the early 1950s, when the park district naming committee began its proposal for this site, there was a controversy about whether the Kolze's Grove name should be retained. Although some favored the continuation of the name, an informal park district survey revealed that the old hotel and picnic grove had gained an "unsavory reputation" over the years. Merrimac Park was selected as a preferable alternative. Derived from the Native American word for sturgeon, the name Merrimac had become closely associated with this neighborhood. The park was located just west of Merrimac Avenue and the Merrimac Gardens subdivision, and the local community organization was known as the Merrimac Gardens Association.

Parking/Directions

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

Merrimac Diamond

Merrimac Diamond

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Hours: , ,

Merrimac Gymnasium

Merrimac Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Clubroom

Merrimac Clubroom

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Playground

Merrimac Playground

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Notes: Renovated Summer 2013, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Merrimac Spray Pool

Merrimac Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Woodshop

Merrimac Woodshop

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 89454InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 89452InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2014/09/18 16:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 89455InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2014/09/18 20:30From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 89456InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2014/09/18 21:15From September 18, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 89453InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2014/09/18 23:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 89610OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2014/09/20 19:30From September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Merrimac 89611InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/10/29 00:15From October 28, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Merrimac 108465InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2014/09/24 21:15From September 24, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Basketball at Merrimac 108466InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/24 22:00From September 24, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Bitty Basketball at Merrimac 89715InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to November 28, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 89817InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:30From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Conditioning at Merrimac 89818InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Flag Football at Merrimac 90013InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2014/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$20.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 90123InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 16:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 90386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$150.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 90571InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 16:30From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$20.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 90572InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/19 16:15From September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 90217InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$20.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 90218InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 18:30From September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$20.00
Play School at Merrimac 90667InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2014/09/15 15:15From September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Play School at Merrimac 90902InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2014/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Play School at Merrimac 90901InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2014/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$30.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 90974InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2014/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 90973InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2014/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 90972InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2014/09/17 16:15From September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Senior Citizens Club at Merrimac 91114OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2014/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 91408InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 91433OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/09/26 23:30From September 26, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Merrimac 91690InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2014/09/23 21:30From September 23, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 91751InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2014/09/16 19:00From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 91754InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2014/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 91752InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2014/09/16 21:15From September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$42.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 91753InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2014/09/18 21:15From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$42.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 91772InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2014/09/24 23:30From September 24, 2014 to March 28, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$50.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 91771InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2014/09/19 00:00From September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$18.00

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Description

Located near the intersection of Irving Park Road and Narragansett Avenue in the Dunning community, Merrimac Park sits on approximately 9 acres and features a fieldhouse with a gymnasium, 5 clubrooms, and a kitchen. Outdoors, the park offers 2 small walking trails, 3 softball fields, playground, and spray pool.

The park staff offers a wide range of sports and fitness programming for community residents of all levels and age groups. We invite you to check out our woodshop, where youth, adults and seniors enjoy learning to use scroll and band saws to create a variety of wood projects.

Merrimac Park is noted for its annual Breakfast with the Easter Bunny and Downhill Derby, featuring small race cars crafted by youth under the supervision of the park’s woodshop instructor.The park is also the site of one of the local social clubs for seniors.

Soon after World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major initiative to create new parks for the first time in many years. In 1948, a citizens' advisory committee for new parks recommended a number of potential sites. Among them was a 9-acre picnic and dance ground in the rapidly growing Dunning neighborhood. Known as Kolze's Electric Grove, the site dated to the 1890s, when hotel owner Henry Kolze decided to create an attraction for riders of newly-reaching streetcar lines. Purchasing wooded land near his inn, Kolze strung large gas lamps, offered a nightly orchestra, and beer at a nickel a glass. In 1950, the park district condemned Kolze's Electric Grove, and demolished the site's dance shelter, concession stands, raffle tables, and cafeteria. Retaining many of the older trees, the park district transformed the site into parkland between 1951 and 1956, installing an athletic field, a children's playground, and tennis and basketball courts. At that time, the original clapboard dining hall and tavern structure was converted for use as a fieldhouse. In 1969, the park district replaced the structure with a modern brick fieldhouse. In the early 1950s, when the park district naming committee began its proposal for this site, there was a controversy about whether the Kolze's Grove name should be retained. Although some favored the continuation of the name, an informal park district survey revealed that the old hotel and picnic grove had gained an "unsavory reputation" over the years. Merrimac Park was selected as a preferable alternative. Derived from the Native American word for sturgeon, the name Merrimac had become closely associated with this neighborhood. The park was located just west of Merrimac Avenue and the Merrimac Gardens subdivision, and the local community organization was known as the Merrimac Gardens Association.

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