Gompers Park

  • 4222 W. Foster Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60630 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Denise Raymond
  • Park Phone: (773) 685-3270

Located at the corner of Foster and Pulaski Avenues in the North Park community, Gompers Park covers nearly 39 acres. The park straddles the Chicago River and features rehabilitated wetlands and a lagoon with pier access that lends itself to many environmental activities.

The park hosts an Uban Camp and Under Illinois Sky, Family Campout , River Rescue Clean-up, as well as stewardship and gardening opportunities.

In addition to an outdoor pool, Gompers Park has a playground, three junior baseball fields, one football field, one basketball courts, five tennis courts, a roller hockey-skating area, and a spray pool. Inside the park fieldhouse are several activity rooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium with a stage.

Gompers Park's preschool programs include: ballet, arts& crafts, preschool activities, tiny tot tumbling, seasonal sports--as well as Tots Spot (for 12 to 36-month-olds).

Youth participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and soccer. Other popular activities include Kids Nite Out, tap, ballet, Park Kids after school program and gymnastics.

Teens enjoy basketball and gymnastics - as well as getting involved with the new park teen club.

Seniors can participate in conditioning and stretching classes.

History

Gompers Park was created by the Albany Park District, one of 22 independent park districts consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1926, not long after the Albany Park District identified nearly 40 acres of wooded farmland along the North Branch of the Chicago River, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman prepared a plan to transform the property into parkland. Improvements began almost as soon as initial land purchases were completed in 1927. By 1932, in addition to wooded areas and a natural stream dammed to create lagoons, the property had basketball courts, archery ranges, football fields, and playgrounds. Clarence Hatzfeld, a Chicago architect and member of the Albany Park board, designed the park's Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse. In 1934, financial pressures created by the Great Depression prompted formation of the Chicago Park District. Using federal funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the park district soon began rehabilitating the southern portion of the park, constructing tennis courts, a footbridge over the river, a dam and spillway for the lower lagoon. After adding a wading pool in 1946, the park district built a full-sized swimming pool 30 years later. In the mid-1990s, with tremendous community support, the park district began restoring the wetlands along the south bank of the river according to plans prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its earliest days, Gompers Park was briefly known as Matson Park, for Samuel Matson, Superintendent of the Albany Park District. Albany Park District President Henry A. Schwartz, an official of the shoemakers' union, soon convinced the park board that it was inappropriate to name the park for a living person. In 1929, the district renamed the site in honor of Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), long-time president of the American Federation of Labor. Elected president of his local cigar makers' union in 1875, Gompers progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming the AFL's first president in 1886. During his 40-year tenure, AFL membership grew from 150,000 to 2,900,000, and the average wage for skilled labor increased by 250%

Gompers Baseball

Gompers Baseball

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: West Diamond

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Gompers Baseball / Softball

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: East Diamond

Gompers Fieldhouse

Gompers Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Hours: , ,

Gompers Fishing Area

Gompers Fishing Area

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Gymnasium

Gompers Gymnasium

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Lagoon

Gompers Lagoon

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park Lagoon

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Gompers Auditorium & Clubroom

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: auditorium and east room

Gompers Picnic Groves

Gompers Picnic Groves

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Playground

Gompers Playground

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Prairie

Gompers Prairie

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Notes: Gompers Park

Gompers Roller Hocker Rink

Gompers Roller Hocker Rink

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Park Pool

Gompers Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Hours:

Phone: (773)685-3305

Gompers Tennis Courts

Gompers Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Gompers Wetlands

Gompers Wetlands

Location Notes: 4222 W. Foster Ave.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 13, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 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
Archery at Gompers 121780InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/01 21:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 121777InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2015/04/02 21:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 121779InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 20:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Archery at Gompers 121774InstructionSports - ArcheryAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2015/04/03 21:15From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
Badminton at Gompers 102563InstructionSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2015/04/02 23:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Basketball - Open at Gompers 102637OpenSports - Basketball20 and upMale2015/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 103275InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$21.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 103010InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/04/03 00:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Fun and Games at Gompers 103082InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 103116InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 11Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$11.00
Fun with Food at Gompers 103117InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$11.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 103273InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 103274InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/02 22:30From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Kiddie College at Gompers 103306InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$102.00
KidzEnergy at Gompers 103356InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$16.00
Little Artists at Gompers 103479InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 18:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Little Artists at Gompers 103480InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$11.00
Nature Fun at Gompers 129991InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2015/04/01 20:30From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$11.00
Outdoor Soccer League at Gompers 103752Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2015/04/04 14:30From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 9:30am to Noon
$21.00
Outdoor Soccer League at Gompers 103751Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2015/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 3:30pm
$21.00
Pickleball at Gompers 103829InstructionSports - Pickleball18 and upCoed2015/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$11.00
Play School at Gompers 103846InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
$31.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Gompers 104493InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Gompers 104528OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 10m but less than 4Coed2015/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$19.00
Yoga at Gompers 104731InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Young Scientist at Gompers 104771InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2015/04/02 20:15From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Gompers 132305OpenSports - Basketball20 and upMale2015/06/17 23:00From June 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
$15.00
Circuit Training at Gompers 116646InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 22:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Day Camp at Gompers 116195CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
$340.00
Early Bird Camp at Gompers 132255CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$56.00
Extended Camp at Gompers 132253CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 20:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$117.00
Family Swim at Gompers 116391OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 18:30From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 116647InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 22:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Gompers 116530InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/19 00:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Kickboxing at Gompers 116648InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/06/18 20:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Lap Swim at Gompers 116660OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 23:00From June 12, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 116800InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/18 20:15From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 116799InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/19 20:15From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Gompers 116801InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Swim at Gompers 117133OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/16 22:15From June 16, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Gompers 131459OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/14 16:00From June 14, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$0
Play Camp at Gompers 117510CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 14:30From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 12:30pm
$168.00
POST Family Swim at Gompers 131219OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 18:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Monday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Lap Swim at Gompers 131221OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Sunday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 6pm to 7:15pm
Each Saturday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$40.00
POST Open Swim at Gompers 131223OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 16:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 5:15pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Gompers 131516OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/30 16:00From August 30, 2015 to September 6, 2015
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$0
POST Youth Swim at Gompers 131220OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 21:45From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:30pm
$0
PRE Family Swim at Gompers 132352OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 18:45From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 3pm
$0
PRE Lap Swim at Gompers 132359OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/12 17:15From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
$40.00
PRE Open Swim at Gompers 132364OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/12 16:00From June 12, 2015 to June 26, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
PRE Open Swim at Gompers 132390OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 16:00June 13, 2015
Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
PRE Youth Swim at Gompers 131518OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 20:15June 12, 2015
Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$0
Soccer at Gompers 117617InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/17 15:00From August 17, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Gompers 133617InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/10 20:15From June 10, 2015 to September 4, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$28.00
Under Illinois Skies at Gompers 117831InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 10 but less than 14Female2015/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:01am to 11:59pm
Each Thursday from 12:01am to 11:59pm
Each Friday from 12:01am to 1pm
$26.00
Under Illinois Skies at Gompers 117832InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 10 but less than 14Male2015/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2015 to July 10, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 12:01am to 11:59pm
Each Thursday from 12:01am to 11:59pm
Each Friday from 12:01am to 1pm
$26.00
Urban Campers at Gompers 117833InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 9 but less than 13Female2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to July 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to Midnight
Each Friday from 12:01am to 10am
$26.00
Urban Campers at Gompers 117834InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 9 but less than 13Male2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to July 3, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to Midnight
Each Friday from 12:01am to 10am
$26.00
Yoga at Gompers 116656InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/06/16 20:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$16.00
Yoga at Gompers 117881InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/06/17 00:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$21.00
Youth Swim at Gompers 117127OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/13 21:45From June 13, 2015 to August 23, 2015
Each Sunday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
Each Saturday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$0

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Located at the corner of Foster and Pulaski Avenues in the North Park community, Gompers Park covers nearly 39 acres. The park straddles the Chicago River and features rehabilitated wetlands and a lagoon with pier access that lends itself to many environmental activities.

The park hosts an Uban Camp and Under Illinois Sky, Family Campout , River Rescue Clean-up, as well as stewardship and gardening opportunities.

In addition to an outdoor pool, Gompers Park has a playground, three junior baseball fields, one football field, one basketball courts, five tennis courts, a roller hockey-skating area, and a spray pool. Inside the park fieldhouse are several activity rooms, a gymnasium, and an auditorium with a stage.

Gompers Park's preschool programs include: ballet, arts& crafts, preschool activities, tiny tot tumbling, seasonal sports--as well as Tots Spot (for 12 to 36-month-olds).

Youth participate in sports such as basketball, volleyball, floor hockey, and soccer. Other popular activities include Kids Nite Out, tap, ballet, Park Kids after school program and gymnastics.

Teens enjoy basketball and gymnastics - as well as getting involved with the new park teen club.

Seniors can participate in conditioning and stretching classes.

Gompers Park was created by the Albany Park District, one of 22 independent park districts consolidated into the Chicago Park District in 1934. In 1926, not long after the Albany Park District identified nearly 40 acres of wooded farmland along the North Branch of the Chicago River, landscape architect Henry J. Stockman prepared a plan to transform the property into parkland. Improvements began almost as soon as initial land purchases were completed in 1927. By 1932, in addition to wooded areas and a natural stream dammed to create lagoons, the property had basketball courts, archery ranges, football fields, and playgrounds. Clarence Hatzfeld, a Chicago architect and member of the Albany Park board, designed the park's Tudor Revival-style fieldhouse. In 1934, financial pressures created by the Great Depression prompted formation of the Chicago Park District. Using federal funding through the Works Progress Administration (WPA), the park district soon began rehabilitating the southern portion of the park, constructing tennis courts, a footbridge over the river, a dam and spillway for the lower lagoon. After adding a wading pool in 1946, the park district built a full-sized swimming pool 30 years later. In the mid-1990s, with tremendous community support, the park district began restoring the wetlands along the south bank of the river according to plans prepared by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. In its earliest days, Gompers Park was briefly known as Matson Park, for Samuel Matson, Superintendent of the Albany Park District. Albany Park District President Henry A. Schwartz, an official of the shoemakers' union, soon convinced the park board that it was inappropriate to name the park for a living person. In 1929, the district renamed the site in honor of Samuel Gompers (1850-1924), long-time president of the American Federation of Labor. Elected president of his local cigar makers' union in 1875, Gompers progressed quickly through the ranks, becoming the AFL's first president in 1886. During his 40-year tenure, AFL membership grew from 150,000 to 2,900,000, and the average wage for skilled labor increased by 250%