Durkin Park

  • 8445 S. Kolin Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Joann Imala
  • Park Phone: (773) 284-7316

Located in the Ashburn Community, Durkin Park totals 9.14 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, a playground, and a roller hockey court.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, youth and adult sports leagues, tap & ballet.On the cultural side, Durkin Park offers Park Voyagers and painting. After school 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, Durkin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

Chicago's Ashburn community remained sparsely populated until the late 1940s, when industrial development on the southwest side and in nearby suburbs brought a surge of residential construction to the area. Ashburn's population increased an amazing 400% during the 1950s. In early 1957, a local civic group, the West Ridge Association, appeared before the Chicago Park District to advocate park development in their quickly-growing neighborhood. Before year's end, the park district used park improvement bond funds to acquire several city blocks between 83rd and 84th Streets. Additional acreage was provided by greening over the three city streets that ran through the park site. In 1959, the Engineering Department developed a site plan that included a playground, horseshoe courts, and an athletic field. Improvements followed shortly thereafter. In 1962, the site was named for Martin P. Durkin (1894--1955), president of the AFL Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, who lived near the park. Durkin served as President Eisenhower's first Secretary of Labor. Durkin Park's development coincided with the construction of Crerar Elementary School just to the west. From the beginning, the park and the adjacent school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Though Crerar School closed for several years in the 1980s, the park district continued to use the school property with few interruptions, and the school building has since reopened as Linhart Elementary School. The school's gymnasium doubles as the Durkin Park fieldhouse during non-school hours.

Parking/Directions

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

Durkin Baseball Fields

Durkin Baseball Fields

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin FIeldhouse

Durkin FIeldhouse

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Hours: ,

Durkin Workout Station

Durkin Workout Station

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Football/Soccer

Durkin Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Durkin Gymnasium

Durkin Gymnasium

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Lunchroom

Durkin Lunchroom

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Playground

Durkin PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Durkin Roller Hockey/ Skating

Durkin Roller Hockey/ Skating

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Spray Pool

Durkin Spray Pool

Location Notes: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

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 Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Dance Camp at Durkin 154574CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/22 16:00From August 22, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$12.00
Football Camp at Durkin 154836CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/08/29 19:00From August 29, 2016 to September 2, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Durkin 183990Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to October 28, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 9pm
$175.00
Basketball - Open at Durkin 162298OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8pm
$7.00
Dodgeball at Durkin 183991InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2016/09/19 19:45From September 19, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$14.00
Football League at Durkin 162874Team_LeagueSports - Football18 and upMale2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm
$102.00
Park Kids - Fall at Durkin 163578InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:45From September 13, 2016 to December 23, 2016
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 6pm
$42.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Durkin 163603Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 19:45From September 13, 2016 to June 16, 2017$126.00
Recreational Tumbling at Durkin 163814InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/09/19 22:45From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$7.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Durkin 163966InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 19:45From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Team Tumbling at Durkin 164316InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 14Female2016/09/21 22:45From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$7.00
Teen Club at Durkin 183992OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/23 23:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Durkin 164613InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$7.00

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Located in the Ashburn Community, Durkin Park totals 9.14 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, a playground, and a roller hockey court.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, youth and adult sports leagues, tap & ballet.On the cultural side, Durkin Park offers Park Voyagers and painting. After school 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, Durkin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

Chicago's Ashburn community remained sparsely populated until the late 1940s, when industrial development on the southwest side and in nearby suburbs brought a surge of residential construction to the area. Ashburn's population increased an amazing 400% during the 1950s. In early 1957, a local civic group, the West Ridge Association, appeared before the Chicago Park District to advocate park development in their quickly-growing neighborhood. Before year's end, the park district used park improvement bond funds to acquire several city blocks between 83rd and 84th Streets. Additional acreage was provided by greening over the three city streets that ran through the park site. In 1959, the Engineering Department developed a site plan that included a playground, horseshoe courts, and an athletic field. Improvements followed shortly thereafter. In 1962, the site was named for Martin P. Durkin (1894--1955), president of the AFL Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, who lived near the park. Durkin served as President Eisenhower's first Secretary of Labor. Durkin Park's development coincided with the construction of Crerar Elementary School just to the west. From the beginning, the park and the adjacent school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Though Crerar School closed for several years in the 1980s, the park district continued to use the school property with few interruptions, and the school building has since reopened as Linhart Elementary School. The school's gymnasium doubles as the Durkin Park fieldhouse during non-school hours.

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