Columbus Park

  • 500 S. Central Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60644 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Jeanette Stovall
  • Park Phone: (773) 287-7641

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."

History

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

 

Parking/Directions

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

Columbus Baseball Diamonds

Columbus Baseball Diamonds

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Diamond

Columbus Diamond

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Softball Diamonds

Softball Diamonds

Columbus Basketball Court

Columbus Basketball Court

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Notes: Columbus Bird Sanctuary

Columbus Fieldhouse

Columbus Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Hours: ,

Columbus Fishing Area

Columbus Fishing Area

Location Notes: 500 S. Central

Columbus Fitness Center

Columbus Fitness Center

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Notes: M-F 8am-8pm, Sa. & Su. 10am-5pm ADA Accessible Equipment Sign up for a membership

Columbus Gymnasium

Columbus Gymnasium

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Notes: 1 Large, 1 Small

Columbus Park

Columbus Park

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Park Ave.

Notes: Columbus Park Lagoon

Clubrooms

Clubrooms

Columbus Club Room

Columbus Club Room

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Picnic Grove

Columbus Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Playground

Columbus PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Park Golf Course

Columbus Park Golf Course

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Notes: Columbus Park Golf Course

Columbus Park Pool

Columbus Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)287-7641

Columbus Tennis Court

Columbus Tennis Court

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Columbus Wade Pool

Columbus Wade Pool

Location Notes: 500 S. Central Ave.

Winter Programs

Click on the Winter tab below.  Most activities run the week of January 5 through the week of March 16.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Spring Programs

Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1.
View programs online beginning Monday, February 9.  Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 28, 2015.

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
Basketball - Open at Columbus 96006OpenSports - Basketball60 and upCoed2015/01/06 18:30From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$15.00
Basketball at Columbus 96053InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Basketball at Columbus 96054InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15Coed2015/01/09 01:00From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$5.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Columbus 96186InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 8Female2015/01/08 00:15From January 7, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Columbus 96191InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 10Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$5.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Columbus 96327InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 00:15From January 5, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Columbus 96328InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/07 00:45From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6:45pm to 8pm
$5.00
Dodgeball at Columbus 113574InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2015/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$5.00
Line Dance at Columbus 97039InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 11:30am
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Columbus 97049InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/06 00:45From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$10.00
Park Kids - Winter Session at Columbus 97456InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 20:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$50.00
Pool at Columbus 97552OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/01/05 14:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 8am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 8am to Noon
Each Thursday from 8am to Noon
Each Friday from 8am to Noon
$0
Pool at Columbus 97553OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 18 but less than 22Coed2015/01/08 00:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Columbus 97667InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/06 00:30From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Columbus 97666InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Columbus 97766OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Teen Club at Columbus 98045OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Columbus 98331Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/03 00:00From January 2, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 9pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Columbus 102634InstructionSports - Basketball60 and upMale2015/03/31 17:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Basketball at Columbus 102752InstructionSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:45pm
$31.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Columbus 102764InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 9Female2015/04/01 23:15From April 1, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Columbus 102891InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 23:15From April 6, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$11.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Columbus 102892InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2015/03/31 00:30From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:50pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:50pm
$0
Line Dance at Columbus 103475InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance60 and upCoed2015/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
$0
Low Impact Aerobics at Columbus 103485InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:45pm
$13.00
Park Kids - Spring Session at Columbus 103774InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 19:00From March 30, 2015 to June 12, 2015
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
$51.00
Pool at Columbus 103871OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games60 and upCoed2015/03/30 13:00From March 30, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 11am
Each Thursday from 8am to 11am
$0
Seasonal Sports at Columbus 103963InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8pm
$11.00
Seasonal Sports at Columbus 103964InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Senior Citizens Club at Columbus 104065OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Spring Break Camp at Columbus 104264CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/04/06 13:00From April 6, 2015 to April 10, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 5pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 5pm
Each Friday from 8am to 5pm
$21.00
Teen Club at Columbus 104387OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 6pm
$0
Volleyball - Open at Columbus 104647OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Walking Club at Columbus 104681OpenWellness - WalkingAnyCoed2015/03/31 13:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Columbus 104695Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 9pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 9pm
$0

Documents

There are no documents available.

Photos & Videos

Reviews

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."

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

 

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