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.

Events

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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 198621InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 23 but less than 65Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$50.00
Basketball - Open at Owens 199990OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/28 23:00From June 28, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Boot Camp at Owens 195962InstructionWellness - Fitness16 and upCoed2017/06/19 23:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Clubhouse Camp at Owens 195518CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$257.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Owens 195582CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$160.00
Day Camp at Owens 195665CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$265.00
Early Bird Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 195723CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$70.00
Early Bird Camp at Owens 195781CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$70.00
Extended Camp at Owens 195864CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$28.00
Kickboxing at Owens 196312InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/21 22:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$19.00
Late Summer Camp at Owens 202112CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 13:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 5pm
Each Friday from 8am to 5pm
$77.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 197007InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/19 22:15From June 19, 2017 to July 17, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 197008InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/07/24 22:15From July 24, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$28.00
Tennis at Owens 197342InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9am to 10:15am
$0
Tennis at Owens 197343InstructionSports - TennisAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/26 15:30From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10:30am to Noon
Each Friday from 10:30am to Noon
$0
Yoga at Owens 197649InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$15.00

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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.