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.

Veteran's Memorial

Veteran's Memorial (1)

Location Notes: Corner of W. Irving Park Rd. and N. Narragansett Ave.

Descriptors: Playground Art

Merrimac Diamond

Merrimac Diamond

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Merrimac Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.

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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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 22, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Wrestling at Merrimac 124855InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2015/09/18 00:00From September 17, 2015 to March 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$50.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 133784InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 133782InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/01/07 17:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 133785InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 149570InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2016/01/07 22:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 133783InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 133883OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/01/09 20:30From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Merrimac 133953InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2016/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$21.00
Basketball at Merrimac 133954InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$21.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 134062PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2016/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2016 to March 4, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$25.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 134063PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/01/09 15:30From January 9, 2016 to March 5, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Bitty Basketball at Merrimac 134097InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$21.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 134203InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:30From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Conditioning at Merrimac 134204InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$26.00
Floor Hockey League at Merrimac 134444Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upMale2016/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2016 to March 27, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 3pm
$250.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 134481InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 17:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 18, 2016
$21.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 134774InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$122.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 134975InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$21.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 134976InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/08 17:15From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$21.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 134990InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$21.00
Play School at Merrimac 135253InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/01/04 16:15From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$26.00
Play School at Merrimac 135255InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$26.00
Play School at Merrimac 135254InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2016 to March 15, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$31.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 135326InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 17:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$21.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 135328InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$21.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 135327InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$21.00
Senior Citizens Club Partnership at Merrimac 135488PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 135767InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 21:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$26.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 135784OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/06 01:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Merrimac 150854InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 19:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$21.00
Volleyball at Merrimac 150855InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$21.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 136098InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 136101InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$31.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 136099InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/01/05 22:15From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$43.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 136100InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/01/07 22:15From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$43.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 149611InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$21.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Merrimac 139897Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/02 23:00From May 2, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 9pm
$255.00
16" Softball League at Merrimac 139898Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/03 23:00From May 3, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
$255.00
16" Softball League at Merrimac 139899Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/05 23:00From May 5, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$255.00
16" Softball League at Merrimac 139900Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/05/06 23:00From May 6, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$255.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 140061InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 140058InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$22.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 140059InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 140062InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/03/31 21:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$22.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 140060InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$22.00
Bags at Merrimac 152834OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 152833OpenSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 17:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 140271OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2016/04/02 19:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$21.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 140441InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:30From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Conditioning at Merrimac 140442InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to May 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$27.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 140673InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 16:15From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$22.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 140907InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$124.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 141109InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/29 16:30From March 29, 2016 to May 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$22.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 141108InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 16:15From April 1, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$22.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 141118InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 18:30From March 30, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$22.00
Play School at Merrimac 141407InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/03/28 15:15From March 28, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$27.00
Play School at Merrimac 141408InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/03/29 15:15From March 29, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$27.00
Play School at Merrimac 141409InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$27.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 141546InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 16:15From March 30, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$22.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 141547InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2016/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$22.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 141548InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:15From March 30, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$22.00
Senior Citizens Club Partnership at Merrimac 141704PartnershipGroupSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/28 14:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 League at Merrimac 141750Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
$22.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Merrimac 141760InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2016/04/12 20:30From April 12, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Merrimac 141758InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 9Coed2016/04/13 20:30From April 13, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Soccer - 5 on 5 at Merrimac 141759InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/16 16:30From April 16, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$22.00
T-Ball at Merrimac 141953InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2016/04/16 15:00From April 16, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$22.00
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 142028InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$26.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 142046OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 23:00From April 1, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Merrimac 152831InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 18:30From March 28, 2016 to June 5, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$21.00
Track & Field at Merrimac 142222InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$22.00
Volleyball at Merrimac 142338InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 142380InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2016/03/29 19:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 142383InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$32.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 142381InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
$32.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 142382InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$32.00

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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.