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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
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
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 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Leadership Club (Special Rec) at Owens 226371InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 22 but less than 65Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
$5.00
Basketball - Open at Owens 211675OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 21:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Owens 211788OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$100.00
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Owens 211992InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 212213InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 22 but less than 65Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 4pm
$24.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 212212InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2018/01/08 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
$40.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Owens 212240InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 226857InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Owens 212842InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
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
Seasonal Sports at Owens 213620InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Owens 213619InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Special Olympics Seasonal Sports at Owens 213930InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 226373InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:15From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 226374InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:15From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$15.00
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 214178InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Walking Club at Owens 214534OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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
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.