Jackie Robinson Park

  • 10540 S. Morgan St.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Samuel Betts
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-4041

Located in the Washington Heights neighborhood, Jackie Robinson Park totals 5.96 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, softball/baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields. This park is adjacent to Jackie Robinson Little League, a CPS facility.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, dance. On the cultural side, Jackie Robinson Park offers ballet. After school programs are offered throughout the school year. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include dance and sports camp.

In addition to programs, Jackie Robinson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

History

In the years following World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major effort to create new parks in rapidly-growing neighborhoods. As part of this initiative, a committee formed in 1946 with representatives of the Chicago Park District and Board of Education to determine how facilities could jointly serve as schools and parks. At that time, the Chicago Park District had identified dozens of sites for park expansion and 16 of them were adjacent to existing schools. The Joint Committee on School-Parks studied the 16 locations and made specific recommendations for additions to the school buildings, and improvements to the surrounding grounds including playgrounds, athletic fields, and passive landscape areas. The proposed improvements included club rooms and gymnasiums for use during afterschool hours and weekends. Mount Vernon Elementary School in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood was one of the initial 16 schools identified for the program. The park district began purchasing land adjacent to Mount Vernon School in 1946, and plans for the new School-Park were published in the Chicago Tribune in 1955. Two years later, the Chicago Park District and Board of Education completed the project. Both the park and the adjacent school were originally named Mount Vernon, for George Washington's Virginia home. In 1999, the Chicago Park District formally renamed the park in response to the Mount Vernon Park Advisory Council’s suggestion that it should honor baseball great Jackie Robinson (1919-1972). When he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. He was voted "Rookie of the Year" for his part in Brooklyn's pennant-winning season. Two years later, he led the league in batting and stolen bases, and was named most valuable player. Jackie Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1984, President Ronald Regan posthumously awarded Jackie Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian who has contributed to the national interests of the United States of America.
Basketball Court - Outdoor

Basketball Court - Outdoor

Location Notes: 10540 S. Morgan St.

Jackie Robinson - Fieldhouse

Jackie Robinson - Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 10540 S. Morgan St. 0Chicago IL 60643

Hours: ,

Jackie Robinson Park

Jackie Robinson ParkAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2014, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Chess at Jackie Robinson 183902OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 20:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$4.00
Conditioning at Jackie Robinson 165622InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$4.00
Flag Football at Jackie Robinson 165937InstructionSports - FootballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$4.00
Fun and Games at Jackie Robinson 166047InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
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
$4.00
Seasonal Sports at Jackie Robinson 167773InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/09/07 15:00From September 7, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Jackie Robinson 167772InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/07 21:00From September 7, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$4.00

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Located in the Washington Heights neighborhood, Jackie Robinson Park totals 5.96 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a playground, softball/baseball diamonds, and basketball courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our ball fields. This park is adjacent to Jackie Robinson Little League, a CPS facility.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, cheerleading, dance. On the cultural side, Jackie Robinson Park offers ballet. After school programs are offered throughout the school year. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp. Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include dance and sports camp.

In addition to programs, Jackie Robinson Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

In the years following World War II, the Chicago Park District began a major effort to create new parks in rapidly-growing neighborhoods. As part of this initiative, a committee formed in 1946 with representatives of the Chicago Park District and Board of Education to determine how facilities could jointly serve as schools and parks. At that time, the Chicago Park District had identified dozens of sites for park expansion and 16 of them were adjacent to existing schools. The Joint Committee on School-Parks studied the 16 locations and made specific recommendations for additions to the school buildings, and improvements to the surrounding grounds including playgrounds, athletic fields, and passive landscape areas. The proposed improvements included club rooms and gymnasiums for use during afterschool hours and weekends. Mount Vernon Elementary School in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood was one of the initial 16 schools identified for the program. The park district began purchasing land adjacent to Mount Vernon School in 1946, and plans for the new School-Park were published in the Chicago Tribune in 1955. Two years later, the Chicago Park District and Board of Education completed the project. Both the park and the adjacent school were originally named Mount Vernon, for George Washington's Virginia home. In 1999, the Chicago Park District formally renamed the park in response to the Mount Vernon Park Advisory Council’s suggestion that it should honor baseball great Jackie Robinson (1919-1972). When he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947, Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. He was voted "Rookie of the Year" for his part in Brooklyn's pennant-winning season. Two years later, he led the league in batting and stolen bases, and was named most valuable player. Jackie Robinson was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1962. In 1984, President Ronald Regan posthumously awarded Jackie Robinson the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor for a civilian who has contributed to the national interests of the United States of America.