Olympia Park

  • 6566 N. Avondale Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60631 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jim Ziaja
  • Park Phone: (773) 631-6861

The 10-acre Olympia Park located west of Harlem Avenue in the Edison Park community offers an immense range of programming for residents. Making the most of its gymnasium and two club rooms, Olympia Park provides instruction in basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey for youth.  Outdoors, the park features two senior and one junior baseball field, as well as a combination soccer / football field, four basketball standards, three tennis courts, a playground, and water spray feature.

For those interested in art, there are classes in painting,drawing, and arts & crafts. Olympia Park begins instruction for children as young as 18 months old, with its moms, pops and tots and parent/child art classes. For ages 3-5, the park offers the following developmental programs: fitness fun, preschool, storytime and crafts, seasonal tot t-ball and tot soccer. Teens gather at the park for basketball. Adults can join the popular basketball and volleyball leagues. Seniors participate in their own walking and fitness classes.

History

Olympia Park takes its name from Olympia Avenue, the street on its northwestern border, which in turn makes reference to the ancient Greek site of the first Olympics. During the 1910s and 1920s, the population of the surrounding Edison Park neighborhood increased from 300 to over 5,000 residents, although stretches of farmland still separated the fine homes. Local residents established the Edison Park District in 1913 to provide recreational opportunities for the developing community. Twelve years later, the Edison Park District purchased a 10-acre tract of open land to create a much-anticipated athletic field. The local athletic association pushed for rapid improvements, even offering to help with fund-raising efforts. The park district quickly responded by grading the site, laying out a baseball field, and erecting a grandstand. In 1934, the Great Depression forced consolidation of Chicago's 22 independent park boards into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1940, the Chicago Park District had improved Olympia Park with a children's playground, tennis courts, and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. The park also became known for its 14 beautiful flower beds. During the 1950s, the Chicago Park District constructed a small recreation building in the park. This was remodeled and expanded around 1970. In 1980, a meeting room in the Olympia Park fieldhouse was named in honor of local resident Fred Norton, who was instrumental in lobbying for the fieldhouse expansion.

Parking/Directions

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

Olympia Baseball

Olympia Baseball

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Basketball

Olympia Basketball

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Fieldhouse

Olympia Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Hours: ,

Olympia Football/Soccer

Olympia Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Gymnasium

Olympia Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Clubrooms

Olympia Clubrooms

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Playground

Olympia Playground

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Olympia Tennis Courts

Olympia Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Olympia Spray Pool

Olympia Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6566 N. Avondale Ave.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Olympia 96799PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/02/15 17:00From February 15, 2015 to April 12, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Indoor Soccer Partnership at Olympia 96800PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 7Coed2015/02/14 15:00From February 14, 2015 to April 11, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Olympia 97698InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to April 7, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Olympia 131296InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2015/03/11 23:00From March 11, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Olympia 131668InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/03/11 23:00From March 11, 2015 to April 25, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 2pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 113093PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/02/15 21:00From February 15, 2015 to April 5, 2015
Each Sunday from 3pm to 5pm
$0
Volleyball League Partnership at Olympia 113030PartnershipGroupSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 15Female2015/04/02 23:00From April 2, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Olympia 102385Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2015/05/07 23:00From May 7, 2015 to August 27, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$250.00
Art & ABCs at Olympia 129228InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/03/31 17:45From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 102530InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 14:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$16.00
Arts & Crafts at Olympia 102529InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 16:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$16.00
Band at Olympia 129223InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Baseball Little League Partnership at Olympia 129690PartnershipGroupSports - BaseballAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/04/27 22:45From April 27, 2015 to July 15, 2015
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Tuesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 5:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 7pm
$0
Basketball - Future Spartans at Olympia 132244InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 8y 11m Male2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 102656OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Olympia 102657OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Teen League at Olympia 129241Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Male2015/04/20 23:30From April 20, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 9pm
$11.00
Basketball at Olympia 129192InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/04/20 22:15From April 20, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$6.00
Basketball at Olympia 102714InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$16.00
Basketball at Olympia 129193InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2015/04/21 22:15From April 21, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball at Olympia 131896InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2015/04/22 01:15From April 21, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:15pm to 9:15pm
$6.00
Basketball at Olympia 129246InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/03 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at Olympia 129194InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Basketball Camp Partnership at Olympia 132429PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Female2015/05/16 14:00From May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Basketball Camp Partnership at Olympia 132430PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Female2015/05/16 16:30From May 16, 2015 to May 17, 2015
Each Sunday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Olympia 102757Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/05/01 23:30From May 1, 2015 to July 24, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$250.00
Bridge Club at Olympia 102808OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/04/13 17:30From April 13, 2015 to May 11, 2015
Monday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm on the 2nd week of each month
$0
Dodgeball at Olympia 102946InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 13Male2015/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Olympia 129240InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Flag Football at Olympia 103034InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Flag Football at Olympia 103062InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Flag Football Partnership at Olympia 103035PartnershipGroupSports - FootballAt least 4 but less than 11Coed2015/03/29 17:00From March 29, 2015 to June 21, 2015
Each Sunday from Noon to 4pm
$150.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 129247InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Floor Hockey at Olympia 129222InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:15From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$16.00
Fun with Food at Olympia 129243InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 103155InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$26.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 103154InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/01 21:45From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$16.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 103150InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 20:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$26.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 132077InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$26.00
Guitar - Group at Olympia 103151InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$26.00
Gymnastics at Olympia 129236InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/03/31 20:45From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Gymnastics at Olympia 129237InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$6.00
Indoor Soccer at Olympia 103232InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 18:15From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$16.00
Instrumental at Olympia 129535InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/01 16:30From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to Noon
$26.00
Instrumental at Olympia 129689InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/01 17:00From April 1, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$26.00
Instrumental at Olympia 103242InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 12:30pm
$26.00
Kiddie College at Olympia 103328InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 14:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 9:30am to 11:30am
$117.00
KidzEnergy at Olympia 129244InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$6.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Olympia 129227InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 103629InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 103630InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Music at Olympia 103628InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 15:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$26.00
Painting at Olympia 103759InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 18:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$16.00
Painting at Olympia 103757InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$16.00
Painting at Olympia 129221InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 2 but less than 5Coed2015/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$16.00
Painting at Olympia 103758InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 103793InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 103794InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 103795InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:30pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 103796InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 103797InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:30pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 129687InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 12Coed2015/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 129688InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 22:15From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$26.00
Piano - Group - Beginner at Olympia 129686InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
$26.00
Piano at Olympia 103816InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/03/30 16:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 11:30am to Noon
$26.00
Piano at Olympia 103817InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 12:30pm
$26.00
Piano at Olympia 103815InstructionCulture and Arts - Music18 and upCoed2015/04/03 18:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2pm
$26.00
Play School at Olympia 129226InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/03/30 17:45From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
Each Wednesday from 12:45pm to 1:45pm
$21.00
Soccer at Olympia 129238InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2015/04/02 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$6.00
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129685PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2015 to April 19, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to 3pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129188PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 22:15From March 30, 2015 to April 13, 2015
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 6pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129189PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 8Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to April 13, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129190PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/03/30 23:45From March 30, 2015 to April 13, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 7:30pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129683PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 9Coed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to April 13, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129191PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 01:15From March 30, 2015 to April 13, 2015
Each Monday from 8:15pm to 9pm
Each Tuesday from 8:15pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 8:15pm to 9pm
$0
Soccer Partnership at Olympia 129684PartnershipGroupSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 8Coed2015/04/04 13:00From April 4, 2015 to April 18, 2015
Each Saturday from 8am to 1pm
$0
Song Writing at Olympia 129225InstructionCulture and Arts - MusicAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Sports Conditioning at Olympia 129242InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$6.00
Storytime at Olympia 129233InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 1 but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$11.00
Tap & Ballet at Olympia 129229InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 19:15From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Olympia 104320InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 18:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$16.00
Team Gymnastics at Olympia 129235InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 20:45From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:45pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3:45pm to 5pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Olympia 129230InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 17:45From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Olympia 129232InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 17:45From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Friday from 12:45pm to 1:30pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 104515InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 19:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 2:45pm
$16.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Olympia 104507InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$16.00
Track & Field at Olympia 104557InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2015/04/02 21:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$6.00
Volleyball League Partnership at Olympia 104676PartnershipGroupSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 15Female2015/04/21 23:00From April 21, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
Young Scientist at Olympia 129245InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:30pm
$11.00

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The 10-acre Olympia Park located west of Harlem Avenue in the Edison Park community offers an immense range of programming for residents. Making the most of its gymnasium and two club rooms, Olympia Park provides instruction in basketball, volleyball, indoor soccer, and floor hockey for youth.  Outdoors, the park features two senior and one junior baseball field, as well as a combination soccer / football field, four basketball standards, three tennis courts, a playground, and water spray feature.

For those interested in art, there are classes in painting,drawing, and arts & crafts. Olympia Park begins instruction for children as young as 18 months old, with its moms, pops and tots and parent/child art classes. For ages 3-5, the park offers the following developmental programs: fitness fun, preschool, storytime and crafts, seasonal tot t-ball and tot soccer. Teens gather at the park for basketball. Adults can join the popular basketball and volleyball leagues. Seniors participate in their own walking and fitness classes.

Olympia Park takes its name from Olympia Avenue, the street on its northwestern border, which in turn makes reference to the ancient Greek site of the first Olympics. During the 1910s and 1920s, the population of the surrounding Edison Park neighborhood increased from 300 to over 5,000 residents, although stretches of farmland still separated the fine homes. Local residents established the Edison Park District in 1913 to provide recreational opportunities for the developing community. Twelve years later, the Edison Park District purchased a 10-acre tract of open land to create a much-anticipated athletic field. The local athletic association pushed for rapid improvements, even offering to help with fund-raising efforts. The park district quickly responded by grading the site, laying out a baseball field, and erecting a grandstand. In 1934, the Great Depression forced consolidation of Chicago's 22 independent park boards into the unified Chicago Park District. By 1940, the Chicago Park District had improved Olympia Park with a children's playground, tennis courts, and an athletic field that was flooded for ice skating in winter. The park also became known for its 14 beautiful flower beds. During the 1950s, the Chicago Park District constructed a small recreation building in the park. This was remodeled and expanded around 1970. In 1980, a meeting room in the Olympia Park fieldhouse was named in honor of local resident Fred Norton, who was instrumental in lobbying for the fieldhouse expansion.

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