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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at Durkin 193894OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 8:30pm
$14.00
Basketball Camp at Durkin 193938CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2017/08/07 18:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Craft Camp at Durkin 199058CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/14 17:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$13.00
Day Camp at Durkin 194065CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$330.00
Soccer at Durkin 194756InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/14 18:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$13.00
Sports Camp at Durkin 199057CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/21 18:00From August 21, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2:30pm
$13.00

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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.