Chicago Park District
Owens Park

Owens Park

 
Owens Park

Owens Park

 
Owens Park Playground

Owens Park Playground

 
Owens Park Basketball Court

Owens Park Basketball Court

 
Owens Park Lobby

Owens Park Lobby

 
Owens Park Fitness Center

Owens Park Fitness Center

 
Owens Park Gymnasium

Owens Park Gymnasium

 

Owens Park

8800 S. Clyde Ave. Chicago, IL 60617

Hours: +Park: 6am - 9pm

M -F 8am - 8pm, Sa 9am - 5pm, Su Closed

Park Supervisor:
Jetaune Guyton

(312) 747-6709

 
 
 

Description

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.

 

  

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Tuesday, February 25 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, March 1.  Spring programs run the week of March 31 through the week of June 2. 

SUMMER PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park’s summer programs begins Tuesday, April 8 at 9 am, and in-person registration begins Saturday, April 12.  Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1.  Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

Join us!

 
 

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 - Grass 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.

Contact: Barbara Cooley

Contact Title: President

Phone: (773) 375-4713

Email: BCooley761@aol.com

Meeting Date/Time: 2nd Tuesday of the month

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.

 

 

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