Owens Park

  • 8800 S. Clyde Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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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

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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.

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Owens

Owens

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Notes: M-F, 8-8pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Owens Football/Soccer

Owens Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Gymnasium

Owens Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Clubrooms

Owens Clubrooms

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Playground

Owens PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

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

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30, for most parks.

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
Arts & Crafts at Owens 125171InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2015/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$6.00
Basketball - Open at Owens 125343OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2015/09/01 15:00From September 1, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$140.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Owens 146822InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 21 but less than 65Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 3pm
Each Friday from 11am to 3pm
$21.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Rec) at Owens 146821InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
$36.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 125983InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 125982InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 125984InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/18 14:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Go Girl Go at Owens 126207InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 12Female2015/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2015 to December 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 126644InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/16 22:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$17.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Owens 147008InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 8 but less than 21Coed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$6.00
Learn to Swim (Special Rec) at Owens 147009InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 21 but less than 65Coed2015/09/18 20:00From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$6.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 126958InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 126989InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$6.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 126991InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$6.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 126990InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$6.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Owens 127359InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:00From August 24, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
$71.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Owens 127443Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 19:00From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 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
$213.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Session at Owens 127307InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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
$56.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Fall Winter Spr at Owens 127310Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 19:00From September 14, 2015 to June 10, 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
$168.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 127918InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2015 to October 19, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$26.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 127919InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/10/26 22:30From October 26, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$26.00
Special Olympics Bowling at Owens 128036InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2015/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 128094InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/09/16 15:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 128095InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/18 15:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$13.00
Teen Fit Box at Owens Cancelled128043InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Owens 147876InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/16 21:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Teen Fit Box Camp at Owens 148700CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 22:00From August 24, 2015 to September 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 8pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 128233InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2015 to November 28, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 3pm
$6.00
Walking Club at Owens 128828OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2015/09/15 13:00From September 15, 2015 to December 4, 2015
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 128854CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 22Coed2015/12/21 14:30From December 21, 2015 to December 31, 2015
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
$31.00
Winter Break Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 128855CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 14:30From December 21, 2015 to December 31, 2015
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
$31.00
Winter Break Camp at Owens 128867CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 15:00From December 21, 2015 to January 1, 2016
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
$51.00
Yoga at Owens 128968InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/09/14 15:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$13.00
Yoga at Owens 128967InstructionWellness - Yoga17 and upCoed2015/09/16 23:30From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$13.00

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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.