Hayes Park

  • 2936 W. 85th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Tim Greer
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6177

Located in the Ashburn/Wrightwood community area, Hayes Park totals 20.30 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, adult & youth fitness classes, aquatics. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Hayes Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed-events.

History

At the close of World War II, the Chicago Park District adopted a ten-year plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served Chicago neighborhoods. The southwest side Ashburn neighborhood had remained sparsely settled as late as 1940, but its population began to surge immediately after the war. In 1946, the park district selected a 20-acre park site at 83rd and South Richmond. Though land acquisition was completed before the end of 1948, park development did not begin for a number of years. In 1956, the park district sold several acres at the north end of the Ashburn Park site to the Board of Education for a much-needed elementary school. Park improvements began at about the same time, and the new Ashburn Park with its winding walkways, ballfields, and small recreational building opened to the public in 1957. For twenty years, the park district and the Board of Education jointly operated Ashburn Park and Carroll Elementary School, offering recreational programming at both. In the mid-1970s, the park district and the Board of Education terminated their joint venture, and the park district built a new brick fieldhouse. At the same time, the park was renamed in honor of respected local figure Father Francis D. Hayes (1903--1976). Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1927, Fr. Hayes came to the "wide open spaces" of Ashburn in 1946 to found a parish there. Under Hayes' leadership, the St. Thomas More Parish grew with the Ashburn community. Hayes retired in 1972, but was still serving as St. Thomas More's pastor emeritus at the time of his death in 1976.

Parking/Directions

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

In the Swim

In the Swim (1)

Location Notes: Field house and natatorium

Descriptors: Indoor, Mosaic or Ceramic

Hayes Baseball

Hayes Baseball

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Hayes Fieldhouse

Hayes Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Hours: , ,

Hayes Fitness Center

Hayes Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes: M-F, 7:15-7pm; Sign up for a membership

Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Hayes Football/Soccer

Hayes Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Hayes Clubrooms

Hayes Clubrooms

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Hayes Playground

Hayes PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Hayes Sandbox

Hayes Sandbox

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Hayes Park Pool

Hayes Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)745-2200

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp

3/28- 6/4 Hayes Park Pool Schedule

Notice Valid From: 3/7/2016 - 6/4/2016

Hayes Spray Pool

Hayes Spray Pool

Location Notes: 2936 W. 85th St.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Hayes 123886Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$135.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Hayes 139945InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 14:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Hayes 139946InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Hayes 139984InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Hayes 139988InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Hayes 139985InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 00:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Hayes 139986InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Hayes 139987InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Baseball at Hayes 140161InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$17.00
Basketball at Hayes 140254InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/04/01 22:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$27.00
Basketball at Hayes 140255InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 23:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$27.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Hayes 153352InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 11Female2016/03/30 22:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Baton & Pom Pom at Hayes 153353InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 11 but less than 13Female2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Hayes 140586InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Hayes 140587InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Game Room at Hayes 154249OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 14Coed2016/03/29 23:15From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Game Room at Hayes 154253OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 00:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$10.00
Game Room at Hayes 154250OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 14Coed2016/03/30 00:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Game Room at Hayes 154252OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 14Coed2016/03/31 23:15From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$10.00
Game Room at Hayes 154251OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 14Coed2016/04/01 00:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Kickboxing at Hayes 140861InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/30 00:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Hayes 140860InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
KidzEnergy at Hayes 140942InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
KidzEnergy at Hayes 140943InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Lap Swim at Hayes 140956OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/28 12:15From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Friday from 7:15am to 9am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140988InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140992InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/03/29 00:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140985InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Learn to Swim at Hayes 153569InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 153570InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140986InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Learn to Swim at Hayes 153571InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 153572InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140989InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 140993InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Hayes 141230OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:15pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Hayes 141326InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$45.00
Recreational Tumbling at Hayes 153351InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$13.00
Recreational Tumbling at Hayes 141541InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$13.00
TEAM Sports at Hayes 142011InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Hayes 142012InstructionAquatics - Specialized60 and upCoed2016/03/30 15:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Teen Fit Box at Hayes 142059InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Hayes 142058InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Hayes 142092InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/03/28 16:30From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Hayes 153568InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Hayes 153577InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 20:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Hayes 142115InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 23:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Hayes 142114InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 16:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Hayes 153887InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 20:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Hayes 153578InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Hayes 142161InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 18:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Track & Field at Hayes 142219InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 22:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$12.00
Volleyball at Hayes 142333InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 17Coed2016/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Hayes 154336OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 9:15am to 11am
$0
Day Camp at Hayes 154619CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$311.00
Early Bird Camp at Hayes 154707CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$80.00
Extended Camp at Hayes 154744CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$80.00
Family Swim at Hayes 155120OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 7:45pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Hayes 154804InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Hayes 154805InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
$18.00
Flag Football at Hayes 154827InstructionSports - FootballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/07/02 16:00From July 2, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 12:30pm
$12.00
Inner City Baseball - RBI Jr. at Hayes 154879Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/06/25 15:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Hayes 154887Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 12Coed2016/06/22 22:00From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Kickboxing at Hayes 154911InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/22 00:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Hayes 154912InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/24 00:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$18.00
Lap Swim at Hayes 154923OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 12:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Thursday from 7:15am to 9am
Each Friday from 7:15am to 9am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 155016InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 155017InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 155015InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 17:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Hayes 155014InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/25 18:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Hayes 159145OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Saturday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Hayes 155167OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 16:00From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Senior Swim at Hayes 155530OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/06/20 14:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Sports Camp at Hayes 155617CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/08 15:00From August 8, 2016 to August 19, 2016
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
$52.00
TEAM Sports at Hayes 155667InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$28.00
Teen Fit Box at Hayes 155694InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 22:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Fit Box at Hayes 155695InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 22:00From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Hayes 155702Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 16Coed2016/07/12 21:30From July 12, 2016 to August 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Teen Sports League - Basketball at Hayes 155703Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/06 21:30From July 6, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 8:30pm
$0
Youth Swim at Hayes 155887OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Thursday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0

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Located in the Ashburn/Wrightwood community area, Hayes Park totals 20.30 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor swimming pool, fitness center, and a multi-purpose room.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, adult & youth fitness classes, aquatics. During the summer, youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Hayes Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family, such as holiday themed-events.

At the close of World War II, the Chicago Park District adopted a ten-year plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served Chicago neighborhoods. The southwest side Ashburn neighborhood had remained sparsely settled as late as 1940, but its population began to surge immediately after the war. In 1946, the park district selected a 20-acre park site at 83rd and South Richmond. Though land acquisition was completed before the end of 1948, park development did not begin for a number of years. In 1956, the park district sold several acres at the north end of the Ashburn Park site to the Board of Education for a much-needed elementary school. Park improvements began at about the same time, and the new Ashburn Park with its winding walkways, ballfields, and small recreational building opened to the public in 1957. For twenty years, the park district and the Board of Education jointly operated Ashburn Park and Carroll Elementary School, offering recreational programming at both. In the mid-1970s, the park district and the Board of Education terminated their joint venture, and the park district built a new brick fieldhouse. At the same time, the park was renamed in honor of respected local figure Father Francis D. Hayes (1903--1976). Ordained as a Catholic priest in 1927, Fr. Hayes came to the "wide open spaces" of Ashburn in 1946 to found a parish there. Under Hayes' leadership, the St. Thomas More Parish grew with the Ashburn community. Hayes retired in 1972, but was still serving as St. Thomas More's pastor emeritus at the time of his death in 1976.

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