Owens Park

  • 8800 S. Clyde Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Jetaune Guyton
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6709

Located in the South Calumet community, Owens (Jesse) Park totals 17.23 acres. A newly constructed field house was built in 2009 and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a G.O. friendly building, nature garden surrounding the park, a rooftop garden and solar panels on the roof. Outside, the park offers four ball diamonds, a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, an Olympic–themed playground, and 5 picnic groves. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Special Recreation, arts & crafts, and youth and adult fitness classes. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jesse Owens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

History

When Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood experienced a building boom after World War II, the Chicago Park District established a new park there to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. The park district acquired more than 17 acres of property in 1947, and constructed a recreation building, a spray pool, and ball fields during the following decade. The new park was initially known as Stony Island Park for nearby Stony Island Avenue. In the 1980s, the Women's Committee for a Chicago Black Athletic Hall of Fame, the 87th Street Businessman's Association, and park district vice-president Margaret T. Burroughs suggested that the park be renamed in honor of world-renowned athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980). Owens, an African-American, was born in Danville, Alabama in 1913 and attended Ohio State University, where he was an All-American in track and field. Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, running the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record), jumping 26'5.25" in the long jump (an Olympic record), running the 200-meter dash in 20.7 seconds (an Olympic record), and running the first leg of the 400 meter relay in 39.8 seconds (an Olympic and world record). Owens won much recognition for his athletic prowess. The Associated Press acclaimed him the "Athlete of the Half Century" in 1950, and President Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976. Owens, who travelled extensively throughout his life, served briefly as director of the Chicago Boys Club, the Illinois State Athletic Commission, and the Illinois Youth Commission.

Parking/Directions

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

Playground Art

Playground Art (1)

Location Notes: Playground

Descriptors: Outdoor, Playground Art

Owens Baseball

Owens Baseball

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Basketball

Owens Basketball

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Fieldhouse

Owens Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Hours: ,

Owens Fitness Center

Owens Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Owens Football/Soccer

Owens Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Owens Gymnasium

Owens Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Clubrooms

Owens Clubrooms

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Playground

Owens PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Owens Tennis Courts

Owens Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Spray Pool

Owens Spray Pool

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Owens 223827InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 22 but less than 65Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Owens 205251OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2017/08/29 15:00From August 29, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$120.00
Conditioning at Owens 208018InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Owens 205768InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-Help21 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$23.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Owens 205767InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$39.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Owens 205796InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/10/03 23:00From October 3, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00
Early Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 223848CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/12/26 14:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$10.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 205992InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 205991InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 205993InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 206433InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 22:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$19.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Owens 206521InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 206754InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Park Kids - Fall at Owens 207104InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/21 19:00From August 21, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$76.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Owens 207173Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/21 19:00From August 21, 2017 to June 8, 2018$228.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall at Owens 207054InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$60.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Owens 207055Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to June 8, 2018$180.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Owens 223835InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 23:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 207637InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/10/16 22:30From October 16, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Owens 207762InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2017/09/15 21:30From September 15, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Owens 207787InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/09/13 22:00From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$7.00
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 207856InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:15From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 207857InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/15 15:15From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$15.00
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 208034InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to November 25, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Walking Club at Owens 208506OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/09/12 13:00From September 12, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8am to 9:30am
$0
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 208539CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4:30pm
$34.00
Winter Break Camp at Owens 208576CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 14:30From December 26, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm
$55.00
Yoga at Owens 208673InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:15From September 11, 2017 to November 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$15.00
Yoga at Owens 208672InstructionWellness - Yoga17 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Owens 213362InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$76.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter at Owens 213312InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$60.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Owens 219289InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 6pm
$76.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Spring at Owens 219240InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$60.00

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Located in the South Calumet community, Owens (Jesse) Park totals 17.23 acres. A newly constructed field house was built in 2009 and features a gymnasium, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Green features of our facility include a G.O. friendly building, nature garden surrounding the park, a rooftop garden and solar panels on the roof. Outside, the park offers four ball diamonds, a multi-purpose field, tennis courts, an Olympic–themed playground, and 5 picnic groves. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields and multi-purpose rooms.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, Special Recreation, arts & crafts, and youth and adult fitness classes. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Jesse Owens Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday-themed events.

When Chicago's Calumet Heights neighborhood experienced a building boom after World War II, the Chicago Park District established a new park there to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. The park district acquired more than 17 acres of property in 1947, and constructed a recreation building, a spray pool, and ball fields during the following decade. The new park was initially known as Stony Island Park for nearby Stony Island Avenue. In the 1980s, the Women's Committee for a Chicago Black Athletic Hall of Fame, the 87th Street Businessman's Association, and park district vice-president Margaret T. Burroughs suggested that the park be renamed in honor of world-renowned athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980). Owens, an African-American, was born in Danville, Alabama in 1913 and attended Ohio State University, where he was an All-American in track and field. Owens won four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics of 1936, running the 100-meter dash in 10.3 seconds (tying the world record), jumping 26'5.25" in the long jump (an Olympic record), running the 200-meter dash in 20.7 seconds (an Olympic record), and running the first leg of the 400 meter relay in 39.8 seconds (an Olympic and world record). Owens won much recognition for his athletic prowess. The Associated Press acclaimed him the "Athlete of the Half Century" in 1950, and President Ford awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1976. Owens, who travelled extensively throughout his life, served briefly as director of the Chicago Boys Club, the Illinois State Athletic Commission, and the Illinois Youth Commission.

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