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

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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.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. Click on the program name links below to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 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
Clubhouse Camp at Owens 156308CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$245.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Owens 156370CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 8 but less than 23Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$152.00
Day Camp at Owens 156448CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$252.00
Early Bird Camp (Special Rec) at Owens 156505CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 23Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$67.00
Early Bird Camp at Owens 156561CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$67.00
Extended Camp at Owens 156648CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$27.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Owens 156756InstructionWellness - Fitness16 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$18.00
Kickboxing at Owens 156967InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$18.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 158171InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/07/25 22:15From July 25, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$27.00
Teen Fit Box at Owens 158369InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 21:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$0
Tennis at Owens 157381InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/06/13 14:00From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Tennis at Owens 157382InstructionSports - TennisAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/13 15:30From June 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Yoga at Owens 158711InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$14.00

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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.