Located in the Hermosa neighborhood (a block and a half north of Diversey Avenue, and midway between Pulaski and Cicero avenues), Ken-Well Park’s tiny fieldhouse sits on almost three acres. Outdoors, the park offers junior baseball field, a softball field, a combination football / soccer field, a basketball court, plus a playground with a sandbox and a water spray feature. Additionally, Ken-Well Park offers an ornamental community garden, featuring the Harvest Gardens program for youth.
The park offers numerous programs for youth: Drop-In after-school program, Pre-Teen Club, Game Room, Seasonal Sports / Sports Club, Recreational Tumbling.In the summer, youth can participate in our popular and very affordable six-week day camp program.
The park offers a Teen Leadership Club, adult stretching, and an adult Community Club. Parents gather at Ken-Well Park with their preschoolers for classes such as: Play Group, Tiny Tot Tumbling, and Preschool.
We invite you to stop by and check out the seasonal offerings available at Ken-Well Park.
Ken-Well Park is one of many small parks created by the City of Chicago to meet increasing recreational demands after World War II. Beginning in 1947, the City Council identified property in the Hermosa neighborhood for park development. In the early 1950s, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation soon improved the site with playground equipment, a shelter house, a sandbox, and a playfield that could be flooded for ice skating in winter. In 1959, the city transferred Ken-Well Park to the Chicago Park District, which installed a new soft surface playground in 1990. The park's name combines those of the two adjacent streets, Kenosha Avenue and Wellington Street. Kenosha Avenue bears the name of the southeastern Wisconsin port town. Wellington Street honors Arthur Wellesley, the first Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). Having found great military success in British Colonial India and during the Napoleonic Wars of 1809-1814, Wellesley was awarded the title Duke of Wellington in 1814. When Napoleon returned to head the French Army in 1815, Wellington decisively defeated him in the Battle of Waterloo. The "Iron Duke" went on to become a statesman, serving as prime minister of Great Britain from 1828 to 1830.
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