Owens Park

  • 8800 S. Clyde Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 2016.

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
Dance - Hip Hop at Owens 186776InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/10/11 23:00From October 11, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Owens 167306InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 19:00From August 29, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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
$72.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Owens 167388Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/29 19:00From August 29, 2016 to June 16, 2017$216.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Owens 167257Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to June 16, 2017$171.00
Special Recreation Sports Camp at Owens 184115CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2016/11/29 20:00From November 29, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 6pm
$15.00
Walking Club at Owens 169002OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2016/09/20 13:00From September 20, 2016 to December 9, 2016
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 169025CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2016/12/26 14:30From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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
$32.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens Cancelled169026CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 14:30From December 26, 2016 to January 5, 2017
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
$32.00
Winter Break Camp at Owens 169046CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 5pm
Each Friday from 9am to 5pm
$52.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Owens 171929InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Owens 188624OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Owens 172094OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$102.00
Basketball at Owens 189863InstructionSports - Basketball35 and upMale2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$70.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Owens 172403InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 2:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 172639InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 22 but less than 65Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 Recreation) at Owens 172638InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 6pm
$38.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Owens 188615InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 172855InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 172853InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 172854InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Go Girl Go at Owens 172998InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Female2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 173416InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$19.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Owens 187362InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 173690InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Park Kids - Winter at Owens 174024InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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
$72.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter at Owens 173976InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 6pm
$57.00
Seasonal Sports at Owens 174289InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Owens 174288InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 174471InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2017 to February 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$30.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 174472InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/02/13 23:30From February 13, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$30.00
Special Olympics Powerlifting at Owens 187361InstructionSports - WeightliftingAt least 18 but less than 45Coed2017/01/14 21:30From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$16.00
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Owens 187360InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2017/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 174659InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 174658InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$15.00
Teen Fit Box at Owens 174813InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 174835InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Walking Club at Owens 175394OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2017/01/09 14:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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
Yoga at Owens 175487InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$15.00
Yoga at Owens 175486InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 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.