Durkin Park

  • 8445 S. Kolin Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: TBD
  • 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

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Durkin Baseball Fields

Durkin Baseball Fields

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin FIeldhouse

Durkin FIeldhouse

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Workout Station

Durkin Workout Station

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Football/Soccer

Durkin Football/Soccer

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Gymnasium

Durkin Gymnasium

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Lunchroom

Durkin Lunchroom

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Playground

Durkin Playground

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Roller Hockey/ Skating

Durkin Roller Hockey/ Skating

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Durkin Spray Pool

Durkin Spray Pool

Location: 8445 S. Kolin Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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 68486Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 5, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$525.00
16" Softball League at Durkin 68486Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 5, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$525.00
16" Softball League at Durkin 68486Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 5, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$525.00
16" Softball League at Durkin 68486Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom May 5, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm
$525.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball at Durkin 80843InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$25.00
Dance Camp at Durkin 86559CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$20.00
Day Camp at Durkin 80955CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$293.00
Football Camp at Durkin 86561CampsCamps - SportsAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$20.00
Gymnastics Camp at Durkin 86563CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$10.00
Late Summer Camp at Durkin 86115CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 4pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 4pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 4pm
Each Friday from Noon to 4pm
$40.00
Soccer at Durkin 81549InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Table Games at Durkin 86562InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
$10.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Durkin 91607Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 9pm
$425.00
Basketball at Durkin 89570InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 7pm
$10.00
Bitty Basketball at Durkin 89710OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$10.00
Dodgeball League at Durkin 89881Team_LeagueSports - Dodgeball18 and upMaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 27, 2014
$100.00
Flag Football at Durkin 89998InstructionSports - FootballAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$10.00
Flag Football League at Durkin 89999Team_LeagueSports - Football18 and upMaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$200.00
Soccer at Durkin 91217InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:45pm
$10.00
Volleyball at Durkin 91680Team_LeagueSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 9pm
$200.00

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Description

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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 4
Fieldhouse 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 0
Fitness Courses 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Football / Soccer 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Playgrounds 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Roller Hockey Rinks 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
Water Spray Features 8445 S. Kolin Ave. 1
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.