Merrimac Park

  • 6343 W. Irving Park Rd.   Chicago, Illinois 60634 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 1, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 95925InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 95923InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
$0
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 95926InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$20.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 95924InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/01/09 00:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 96024OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/01/10 20:30From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$20.00
Basketball at Merrimac 112705InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2015/01/07 22:15From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Basketball at Merrimac 112707InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 96039PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 6, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$15.00
Basketball League Partnership at Merrimac 96164PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/01/10 15:30From January 10, 2015 to March 7, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$15.00
Bitty Basketball at Merrimac 96203InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 96300InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10am
$0
Conditioning at Merrimac 96301InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$25.00
Floor Hockey League at Merrimac 96578Team_LeagueSports - Floor Hockey18 and upMale2015/01/11 18:00From January 11, 2015 to March 29, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 3pm
$245.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 96617InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 17:15From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 96908InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
$120.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 97073InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
$20.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 97074InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 97088InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$20.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 97089InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 19:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$20.00
Play School at Merrimac 112708InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/05 16:15From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Play School at Merrimac 97532InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/06 16:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
$25.00
Play School at Merrimac 97531InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/01/06 18:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 97603InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/01/07 17:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 97605InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 97604InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2015/01/07 22:15From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$20.00
Senior Citizens Club at Merrimac 97775OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Merrimac 97843InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$20.00
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 98036InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 21:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
$25.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 98060OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2015 to March 10, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Volleyball at Merrimac 98291InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 98345InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 98348InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 98346InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/01/06 22:15From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$30.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 98347InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/01/08 22:15From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$30.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 98364InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$20.00

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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.