Rowan Park

  • 11546 S. Avenue L   Chicago, Illinois 60617 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Heather Kelly
  • Park Phone: (773) 646-3180

Located at 11546 S. Ave. L in the East Side neighborhood, Rowan Park totals 17.62 acres and features a gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers an ice rink, ball fields, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports and preschool activities. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Play Camp, a specialty camp for preschool age children is also offered during the summer.

In addition to programs, Rowan Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including Winter Wonderland and other holiday-themed events.

History

The Chicago Park District purchased this long-vacant property in 1948, hoping to give East Side residents relief from the starkness of surrounding steel mills and manufacturing plants. Despite these good intentions, the 17-acre site remained unimproved for at least a decade. Improvements began in 1959. The park district has since installed athletic fields, a running track, a fieldhouse, and, quite recently, a combination ice skating and roller skating rink. The park honors former 10th Ward Alderman William A. Rowan, who served the area in the 1920s and 1930s. Rowan was also a two-term Representative to the U.S. Congress. While in office, he sponsored much legislation to improve the health, welfare, education, and recreational opportunities of children.

Parking/Directions

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

Rowan Baseball Fields

Rowan Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Rowan Park - South East Softball Little League

Rowan Park - South East Softball Little League

Location: 11546 S. Avenue L

Hours:

Phone: (773)629-7422

Rowan Fieldhouse

Rowan Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Hours: , , , , ,

Rowan Football/Soccer

Rowan Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Rowan Gymnasium

Rowan Gymnasium

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Rowan Ice Skating

Rowan Ice Skating

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Phone: (773)646-1967

Rowan Clubrooms

Rowan Clubrooms

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Rowan Playground

Rowan Playground

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

Rowan Spray Pool

Rowan Spray Pool

Location Notes: 11546 S. Avenue L

 

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
Art & ABCs at Rowan 125125InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Rowan 125449OpenSports - Basketball25 and upMale2015/08/12 15:00From August 12, 2015 to December 16, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
$46.00
Basketball - Open at Rowan 146812OpenSports - BasketballAt least 12 but less than 14Coed2015/09/17 20:15From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Rowan 146811OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/09/18 19:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Rowan 125448OpenSports - Basketball25 and upMale2015/08/29 14:00From August 29, 2015 to October 24, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 11am
$21.00
Basketball at Rowan 125450InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2015/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at Rowan 125451InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2015/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$6.00
Basketball at Rowan 125452InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2015 to October 16, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$6.00
Bitty Basketball at Rowan 125549InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 5Coed2015/09/16 22:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Crazy Crafter's Club at Rowan 146814InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Rowan 146813InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$11.00
Fun and Games at Rowan 126172InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/08 18:15From September 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$11.00
Homework Time at Rowan 126343InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/08 20:00From September 8, 2015 to December 18, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Kiddie College at Rowan 126707InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/08 16:00From September 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
$41.00
Music and Movement at Rowan 127171InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/08 17:30From September 8, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$6.00
Music and Movement at Rowan 127170InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/08 22:00From September 8, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$6.00
Parent & Tot Gymnastics at Rowan 146817InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$6.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rowan 127593InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 12Female2015/09/09 20:30From September 9, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$11.00
Senior Citizens Club at Rowan 127860OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/09/01 14:30From September 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to Noon
$0
Step Aerobics at Rowan 128064InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/09/01 23:15From September 1, 2015 to December 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7pm
$49.00
Storytime & Crafts at Rowan 146818InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 2 but less than 4Coed2015/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:30pm
$5.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rowan 128588InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/10 17:30From September 10, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1:15pm
$6.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rowan 128587InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/10 22:00From September 10, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Rowan 128793InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 6 but less than 7Female2015/09/01 21:30From September 1, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Rowan 128794InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 10Female2015/09/08 22:30From September 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$11.00
Volleyball at Rowan 148227InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 13Female2015/09/08 23:30From September 8, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Winter Break Camp at Rowan 128869CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/12/08 17:00From December 8, 2015 to December 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$11.00

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Located at 11546 S. Ave. L in the East Side neighborhood, Rowan Park totals 17.62 acres and features a gymnasium and multi-purpose clubrooms. Outside, the park offers an ice rink, ball fields, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, fields, and multi-purpose clubrooms.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports and preschool activities. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and during the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Play Camp, a specialty camp for preschool age children is also offered during the summer.

In addition to programs, Rowan Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, including Winter Wonderland and other holiday-themed events.

The Chicago Park District purchased this long-vacant property in 1948, hoping to give East Side residents relief from the starkness of surrounding steel mills and manufacturing plants. Despite these good intentions, the 17-acre site remained unimproved for at least a decade. Improvements began in 1959. The park district has since installed athletic fields, a running track, a fieldhouse, and, quite recently, a combination ice skating and roller skating rink. The park honors former 10th Ward Alderman William A. Rowan, who served the area in the 1920s and 1930s. Rowan was also a two-term Representative to the U.S. Congress. While in office, he sponsored much legislation to improve the health, welfare, education, and recreational opportunities of children.

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