California Park

  • 3843 N. California Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60618 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Tom McManamon
  • Park Phone: (773) 478-2609

California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

History

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

Parking/Directions

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

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

California Wheelchair Softball Diamond

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

California Basketball Courts

California Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

McFetridge Sports Center

McFetridge Sports Center

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

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California Meeting & Event Spaces

California Meeting & Event Spaces

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

California Playground

California PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2016, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

McFetridge Sports Centers

McFetridge Sports Centers

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

Notes: Indoor Courts

California Water Feature Interactive

California Water Feature Interactive

Location Notes: 3843 N. California Ave.

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
Family Swim at California 195900OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/24 22:30From June 24, 2017 to August 27, 2017
Each Sunday from 5:30pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$0
Jr. Chicago Cubs Wheelchair Softball at California 196265InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/13 19:00From June 13, 2017 to July 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 5pm
$0
Lap Swim at California 196318OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/18 16:00From June 18, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at California 196435InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/22 20:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at California 196437InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/23 20:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at California 196436InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/24 17:15From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Open Swim at California 196679OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/16 20:15From June 16, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:15pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 5:15pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at California 196748OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/20 19:15From June 20, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Thursday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
TEAM Sports at California 197148InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 20:30From June 20, 2017 to August 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$35.00
Wheelchair Softball at California 197606InstructionSports - Softball18 and upCoed2017/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Wheelchair Softball League at California 197607Individual_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upCoed2017/05/20 17:30From May 20, 2017 to September 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 3pm
$0

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California Park is located on California Avenue between Addison Street and Irving Park Road, just west of the Chicago River.

Housing the Chicago Park District's only indoor ice rink and indoor tennis courts, California Park's McFetridge Sports Center (MSC) offers a unique sports experience for athletes of all ages and skill levels. Full of activity 18 hours a day, seven days a week, MSC welcomes more than 2,000 patrons each week for its year-round competitive and recreational ice skating, hockey and tennis programs, as well as special events.

California Park, which takes its name from adjacent California Avenue, is one of six parks created by the River Park District. Established in 1917, the district was one of 22 independent park systems consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. Northwest Chicago residents formed the River Park District to provide recreational opportunities along the North Branch of the Chicago River and the North Shore Channel and to prevent commercial encroachments there. Soon after its formation, the park district began to purchase more than 13 acres south of Irving Park Road, between California Avenue and the North Shore Channel. Although land acquisition dragged on until 1931, development began in 1920, when Leesely Brothers prepared a landscape plan. Improvements were confined largely to plantings until 1927, when the River Park District began construction of an outdoor swimming pool that was, for a time, Illinois's largest. An athletic field, baseball diamonds, and playgrounds followed in 1928, as did a small brick fieldhouse designed by Chicago architect Clarence Hatzfeld.

In the 1970s, the Chicago Park District demolished the original fieldhouse and erected a new changing facility in its place. The park district also constructed an impressive new indoor sports complex, the first of its kind for the park district. The structure contains a year-round ice rink for figure skating and hockey, as well as six tennis courts. This facility was officially designated the McFetridge Sports Complex in 1974 for William L. McFetridge, who served as park district president in 1968, and as vice-president for the preceding 22 years.

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