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: 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

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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
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 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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Owens 136462InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative Arts60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Owens 136611OpenSports - Basketball35 and upMale2016/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$100.00
Basketball at Owens 150117InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2016/01/04 21:00From January 4, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Bowling (Special Recreation) at Owens 136920InstructionSports - BowlingAt least 8 but less than 65Coed2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 7pm
$0
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 150115InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 22 but less than 65Coed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
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
$21.00
Daily Living Skills (Special Recreation) at Owens 137138InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 13 but less than 21Coed2016/01/04 20:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
$36.00
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 137320InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/04 15:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 137318InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Fitness and Nutrition at Owens 137319InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Go Girl Go at Owens 137462InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$0
Kickboxing at Owens 137794InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/06 23:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$17.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Owens 138080InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/05 00:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Owens 138402InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$71.00
Park Kids (Spec Rec) - Winter Session at Owens 138351InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/01/04 20:00From January 4, 2016 to March 18, 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
$56.00
Seasonal Sports at Owens 150826InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Owens 150825InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Small Group Personal Training at Owens 138869InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/02/08 23:30From February 8, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$26.00
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 139038InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/06 16:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$0
Strength & Conditioning at Owens 139037InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/01/08 16:30From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$13.00
Teen Fit Box at Owens 139178InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$0
Teen Leadership Club at Owens 139202InstructionSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2016 to March 12, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 4pm
$0
Walking Club at Owens 139689OpenWellness - Walking60 and upCoed2016/01/04 14:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 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
Yoga at Owens 139784InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/04 16:15From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 10:15am to 11am
$13.00
Yoga at Owens 139783InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
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.