Merrimac Park

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

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
Click on the program name links below to register now.

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 122387InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 122385InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/09/17 16:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$0
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 122388InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2015/09/17 20:30From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 122389InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/09/17 21:15From September 17, 2015 to December 10, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at Merrimac 122386InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
Basketball - Open at Merrimac 122489OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/09/19 19:30From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Saturday, October 31, 2015
$21.00
Basketball at Merrimac 122562InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/11/04 01:15From November 3, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 8:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Merrimac 122560InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/09/23 21:15From September 23, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
$21.00
Basketball at Merrimac 122561InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
$21.00
Bitty Basketball at Merrimac 122685InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2015 to November 27, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$21.00
Conditioning at Merrimac 122783InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$26.00
Flag Football at Merrimac 122988InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2015/09/18 22:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 30, 2015
$21.00
Fun and Games at Merrimac 123110InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 16:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 11:15am to Noon
$21.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 123388InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
$122.00
Kiddie College at Merrimac 147012InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/15 18:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$75.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 123585InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 16:30From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
$21.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Merrimac 123586InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 16:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 30, 2015
$21.00
Mighty Munchkins at Merrimac 123604InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
$21.00
Play School at Merrimac 123976InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/09/14 15:15From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 26, 2015
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
$26.00
Play School at Merrimac 123978InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 15:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:15am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10:15am to 11am
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$26.00
Play School at Merrimac 123977InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$31.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 124046InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2015/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 26, 2015
$21.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 124045InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2015/09/14 21:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 26, 2015
$21.00
Recreational Tumbling at Merrimac 124044InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/16 16:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:15am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
$21.00
Senior Citizens Club at Merrimac 124217OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to December 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Merrimac 123836PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 12Coed2015/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2015 to October 24, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$30.00
Team Tumbling at Merrimac 124487InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/09/16 20:30From September 16, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Friday, October 30, 2015
$26.00
Teen Club at Merrimac 124505OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/25 23:30From September 25, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, October 30, 2015
$0
Volleyball at Merrimac 124771InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 124836InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking60 and upCoed2015/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Woodcraft at Merrimac 124839InstructionCulture and Arts - Woodworking18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$31.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 124837InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 21:15From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$43.00
Woodcraft at Merrimac 124838InstructionCulture and Arts - WoodworkingAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/09/17 21:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 6pm
$43.00
Wrestling at Merrimac 147011InstructionSports - WrestlingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Thursday, October 29, 2015
$21.00
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

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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.