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.

Winter Programs

Most winter  programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, February 13.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, February 27, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, March 6, 2017.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Durkin Cancelled169484InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$8.00
Basketball League at Durkin 169561Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$265.00
Dance - Modern at Durkin 189295InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 7 but less than 13Female2017/01/12 23:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Dodgeball at Durkin 189293InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 10 but less than 15Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$14.00
Park Kids - Winter at Durkin 170672InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 20:45From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
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
Recreational Tumbling at Durkin 170816InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 23:45From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Durkin 170923InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Coed2017/01/12 20:45From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Soccer at Durkin 171038InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 7 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 20:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Teen Club at Durkin 189294OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Durkin 171535InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Durkin 177750Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/05/22 23:45From May 22, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Monday from 6:45pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:45pm to 9:30pm
$242.00
Basketball at Durkin 177308InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/04/06 19:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Dance - Modern at Durkin 176010InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 9 but less than 15Female2017/04/06 22:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Dance - Modern at Durkin 197931InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 15Female2017/04/06 22:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Dodgeball at Durkin 177391InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 9 but less than 15Coed2017/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
Each Wednesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Mighty Fit Family at Durkin 197933Family_InstructionWellness - Fitness6 and upCoed2017/04/07 00:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Park Kids - Spring at Durkin 176801InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 19:45From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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
Recreational Tumbling at Durkin 176796InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/04/05 22:45From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:45pm to 6:45pm
$8.00
Seasonal Sports Club at Durkin 177558InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/04/04 19:45From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$0
Soccer at Durkin 197932InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 19:45From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 2:45pm to 3:45pm
$8.00
Teen Club at Durkin 193028OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Volleyball at Durkin 177854InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 10 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$8.00

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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.