Owens Park

  • 8800 S. Clyde Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Jetaune Guyton
  • 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.

Owens Baseball

Owens Baseball

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Basketball

Owens Basketball

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Fieldhouse

Owens Fieldhouse

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens

Owens

Location: 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: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Gymnasium

Owens Gymnasium

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Clubrooms

Owens Clubrooms

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Playground

Owens PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Tennis Courts

Owens Tennis Courts

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Owens Spray Pool

Owens Spray Pool

Location: 8800 S. Clyde Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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 82157CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Day Camp (Special Recreation) at Owens 82204CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$146.00
Day Camp at Owens 82284CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Early Bird Camp (Special Recreation) at Owens 82338CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$65.00
Early Bird Camp at Owens 82396CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$65.00
Extended Camp at Owens 83298CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$25.00
Kickboxing at Owens 82761InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Late Summer Camp at Owens 86142CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
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
$75.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 81828InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Outdoor Tennis at Owens 83060InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
Free
Outdoor Tennis at Owens 83061InstructionSports - TennisAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 9, 2014 to August 15, 2014
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
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 86566InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 21, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 86567InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 23, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Owens 92064InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$5.00
Basketball at Owens 93740OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMaleFrom September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$5.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92831InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92830InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 92832InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Kickboxing at Owens 93458InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:45pm to 8:30pm
$16.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 91851InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 93756InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 93757InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 93758InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$5.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Owens 93759InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 4 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$5.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 94538InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to October 20, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 94539InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom October 27, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Sports Conditioning - Teen Fit Box at Owens 111493InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 12 but less than 18CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Free
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 111488InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 111490InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 94902InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 29, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 2pm
$5.00
Walking Club at Owens 95451OpenWellness - Fitness50 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 5, 2014
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
Free
Winter Break Camp at Owens 95492CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom December 22, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
$50.00
Yoga at Owens 111486InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Yoga at Owens 111486InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$12.00
Yoga at Owens 111485InstructionWellness - Yoga17 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$12.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 4
Basketball Court - Outdoor 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 1 M-F, 8-8pm; Sa, 9-5pm; Su, Closed. ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 2
Playgrounds 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 6
Water Spray Features 8800 S. Clyde Ave. 1
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.