Chicago Park District
Teens: play ball for free on Friday & Saturday nights as part of the Windy City Hoops program.

Teens: play ball for free on Friday & Saturday nights as part of the Windy City Hoops program.

 
Lagoon
 
Beautiful Nature
 
Tree hanging over water
 
Columbus Park new artificial turf baseball field

Columbus Park new artificial turf baseball field

 
Columbus Park new artificial turf athletic field

Columbus Park new artificial turf athletic field

 

Columbus Park

500 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644

Hours: +Park 6am - 11pm

Sa and Su 10am - 6:00pm

Park Supervisor:
Jeanette Stovall

(773) 287-7641

 
 
 

Description

It is located in the Austin Community, Columbus Park totals [135.12] acres. The field house features: a fitness center; 2 gymnasiums; 3 kitchens; meeting rooms; senior center and banquet room. Outside, the park offers a nature area, boundless children’s accessible playground with an interactive water feature, bicycle path, jogging path, pavilion and 9-hole golf course. In addition Columbus is a multi-faceted recreation park with an outdoor swimming pool, fishing lagoon, baseball fields, and athletic fields for football and soccer and basketball courts. The beautiful “Refectory” building sits on the park’s grounds and is a popular destination for weddings and special events.

Many of these spaces are available for rental such as parties and athletic tournaments. Patrons are especially fond of renting the beautiful Refectory Building for weddings and other formal parties.

Park-goers can play basketball, football or soccer at the facility. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Columbus Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and concerts."

MAY
10
Get Movin - Fitness Boot Camp at Columbus
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:09:30 AM - 10:15 AM
500 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644


 
(09:30 AM - 10:15 AM)
 
MAY
10
Get Movin - Kickboxing at Columbus
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:12:30 PM - 01:15 PM
500 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644


 
(12:30 PM - 01:15 PM)
 
MAY
10
Get Movin - Sports Conditioning at Columbus
Event's details
May 10, 2014

Time:10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
500 S. Central Ave. Chicago, IL 60644


 
(10:30 AM - 11:15 AM)
 
 

 

SPRING PROGRAMS:
Online registration for our park begins Monday, February 24 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 Monday, April 7 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 500 S. Central Ave. 3
Baseball Field 500 S. Central Ave. 5
Baseball Field 0
Basketball Court - Outdoor 500 S. Central Ave. 3
Birding Area 500 S. Central Ave. 1 Columbus Bird Sanctuary
Fieldhouse 500 S. Central Ave. 0
Fishing Areas 500 S. Central 2
Fitness Centers 500 S. Central Ave. 1 M-F 8am-8pm, Sa. & Su. 10am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 500 S. Central Ave. 2 1 Large, 1 Small
Lagoons and Ponds 500 S. Central Park Ave. 1 Columbus Park Lagoon
Meeting/Event Space 500 S. Central Ave. 9
Meeting/Event Space 0
Picnic Groves 500 S. Central Ave. 8
Playgrounds 500 S. Central Ave. Rubberized Surface 3
Prairies & Grasslands 500 S. Central Ave. 1 Columbus Park Golf Course
Swimming Pools - Outdoor 500 S. Central Ave. 0
Tennis Courts 500 S. Central Ave. 6
Water Playgrounds 500 S. Central Ave. 1

Columbus Park is considered the masterpiece of Jens Jensen, now known as dean of Prairie-style landscape architecture. The project, Jensen's only opportunity to create an entirely new large park in Chicago, represents the culmination of years of his conservation efforts and design experimentation.

Appointed as West Park Commission General Superintendent and Chief Landscape Architect in 1905, Jensen re-designed Humboldt, Garfield, and Douglas Parks and began creating small parks such as Eckhart and Dvorak. After losing political support in 1910, he shifted his role to consulting landscape architect. Two years later, the commissioners acquired 144 acres of farmland at the western boundary of Chicago. They named the new park for Christopher Columbus (c. 1451-1506), the famous Italian explorer who "discovered" America while in the service of Spain.

Jensen's vision for Columbus Park was inspired by the unimproved site's natural history and topography. Convinced that it was an ancient beach, Jensen designed a series of berms, like glacial ridges, encircling the flat interior part of the park. In the center area, following the traces of sand dune, he created a "prairie river" flowing from two brooks. Two natural-looking waterfalls, with ledges of stratified stonework, represent the source of the river. Throughout the park, Jensen included native plants.

Jensen also included programming elements emulating nature. Broad prairie-like meadows provide a golf course and ball fields. He designed an outdoor theatre, known as the "player's green," for plays and other performances. In the children's playground area, Jensen included his favorite feature, the council ring, a circular stone bench for storytelling and campfires.

In 1953, the nine acres at the park's southern boundary were destroyed to make way for the Eisenhower Expressway. Despite the loss of some land and other changes to the park at that time, Columbus Park still conveys Jensen's genius

 

Contact: Dwayne Truss

Contact Title: Secretary

Phone: (773) 879-5216

Email: austin_youth@sbcglobal.net

Meeting Date/Time: 2nd Tuesday every other month at 6:00p.m.

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

 

 

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