Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-9:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am-9:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am-5:00 pm

Description

Located in the Avalon Park Community Area, Avalon Park totals 27.91 acres and features a gymnasium, fitness center, multi-purpose room, and game room. Outside, the park offers picnic groves, a swimming pool, playground, track, volleyball and tennis courts. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose room, and game room.

Park-goers can participate in Park Kids, Seasonal Sports, Kick Boxing, Senior/Adult/Teen Fitness, Teen Club, Dance, and Arts & Crafts. 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, Avalon Park hosts special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as Night Club at Noon and Western Round Up Square/Line Dances.

History

In 1889, when Chicago annexed the Village of Hyde Park, it included an area with a city dump, swamps, and "Mud Lake," a popular spot for fishing and hunting. The mosquito infested swampland remained largely unsettled until after the installation of a sewage system in 1900. At first called Pierce's Park, the area became known as Pennytown for a general store owner named Penny who sold homemade popcorn balls. In 1910, Avalon Park Community Church members successfully led an effort to rename the community Avalon Park. The church, community, and a local street pay homage to the English Isle of Avalon, believed to be the burial place of legendary King Arthur.

In 1923, Avalon Park civic groups began asking for the creation of a park in their neighborhood. Due to funding limitations, the South Park Commission was slow to respond. The commissioners agreed to begin identifying potential sites in 1927.  Finally, in 1932 the South Park Commission acquired the land for Avalon Park. The following year, in-house landscape architect Robert Moore created a plan for Avalon Park that was inspired by the earlier South Park designs of the nationally renowned Olmsted Brothers firm. Due to the Great Depression, however, the South Park Commission was unable to move forward with improvements. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District, and federal relief funding soon allowed work to begin on Avalon Park. Only partially realizing Moore's plan, the park district installed playfields, a running track, tennis and horse shoe courts, and a combination shelter and comfort station. After needing a more substantial fieldhouse for years, the park district constructed an attractive modern brick building in 1958.

Parking Directions

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

Advisory Council

Contact: Shedrene O'Neal,   President
Meeting Details:

1st Tuesday of the month @ 6:00pm

 

Out of an abundance of caution Park Advisory Council Meetings will be held virtually for the near future. Please contact the Avalon PAC for details.

Map & Facilities

Avalon Baseball Field

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Basketball Court-Outdoor

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Fieldhouse

1215 E 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Fitness Center

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Football/Soccer Field

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Gymnasium

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Pool

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

:
(312)747-7201

Avalon Paths and Trails

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Playground

1215 E 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Spray Features

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Tennis Court

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

Avalon Water Playground

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Spray Features

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Baseball Field

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Tennis Court

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Basketball Court-Outdoor

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Water Playground

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Fieldhouse

1215 E 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Fitness Center
Avalon Fitness Center

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Football/Soccer Field

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Gymnasium

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Meeting Rooms/Assembly Halls

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Park Pool
Avalon Pool

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

:
(312)747-7201
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Avalon Paths and Trails

1215 E. 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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Avalon Playground
Avalon Playground

1215 E 83rd St.
Chicago, IL 60619
United States

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