Kenwood Community Park

  • 1330 E. 50th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60615 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Kisha Taylor
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6286

Located in the Kenwood Community, Kenwood Park totals 9.46 acres and has a small field house but operates programs inside the adjacent Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields and an athletic field for soccer or football, a playground and an interactive water spray feature. In partnership with Common Threads nutrition program, the park has a community garden where children learn about the commonalities of various cultures through food.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games at the facility. 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, Kenwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and Halloween Pumpkin Patches.

History

When Dr. John A. Kennicott built his family estate south of 43rd Street in 1856, he named it "Kenwood" for his mother's birthplace in Scotland. After Kenwood's annexation to Chicago in 1889, the city's elite flowed into the neighborhood, building substantial, well-designed homes. Fashionable Kenwood began to decline in the 1920s, however. Some single-family homes were subdivided into multi-family dwellings. High-rise apartment houses replaced others. Kenwood's population jumped by 28% during the decade. To create parkland for the growing community, the city in 1931 acquired property on East 50th Street "in Trust for the Use of Schools." The city's Board of Education soon transformed the site into a playground. After the city gained full ownership in 1944, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation planted 12 large American Elms to shade the ball diamonds and jungle gym. By 1950, the park was well-equipped with additional playground apparatus, a small brick recreation building, and a playing field that could be flooded in winter for ice skating. The city transferred Kenwood Community Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. The following year, when adjacent Kenwood Avenue closed and the new Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School was constructed just to the west, the park district responded by rehabilitating the park. In addition to earlier park amenities, the redesign included tennis and horseshoe courts and a spray pool. Since 1961, the park and the school properties have been jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education.

Parking/Directions

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

Kenwood Baseball

Kenwood Baseball

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Kenwood Park Community Garden

Kenwood Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Notes: Community Garden

Kenwood Fieldhouse

Kenwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Hours: ,

Kenwood Football/Soccer

Kenwood Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Descriptors: Grass

Kenwood Gymnasium

Kenwood Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Kenwood Auditorium & Clubrooms

Kenwood Auditorium & Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Notes: Clubrooms & Auditorium

Kenwood Playground

Kenwood PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Kenwood Sandbox

Kenwood Sandbox

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Kenwood Tennis Court

Kenwood Tennis Court

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Kenwood Spray Pool

Kenwood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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 Kenwood 167379Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2016 to June 23, 2017$261.00
Winter Break Camp at Kenwood 189894CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/27 15:00From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 6pm
Each Friday from 9am to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Kenwood 189877InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Ballet - Beginner at Kenwood 171977InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 9Female2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Fun and Games at Kenwood 189878InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Park Kids - Winter at Kenwood 174013InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 6pm
$87.00
Seasonal Sports at Kenwood 174276InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:45pm
$0
Teen Club at Kenwood 174784OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 9am to 9:30am
$0
Teen Club at Kenwood 174785OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11:30am to Noon
$0
Teen Club at Kenwood 174786OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 18:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 12:30pm to 1pm
$0

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Located in the Kenwood Community, Kenwood Park totals 9.46 acres and has a small field house but operates programs inside the adjacent Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School. Outside, the park offers tennis courts, baseball fields and an athletic field for soccer or football, a playground and an interactive water spray feature. In partnership with Common Threads nutrition program, the park has a community garden where children learn about the commonalities of various cultures through food.

Park-goers can play seasonal sports and table games at the facility. 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, Kenwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the whole family, such as Movies in the Park and Halloween Pumpkin Patches.

When Dr. John A. Kennicott built his family estate south of 43rd Street in 1856, he named it "Kenwood" for his mother's birthplace in Scotland. After Kenwood's annexation to Chicago in 1889, the city's elite flowed into the neighborhood, building substantial, well-designed homes. Fashionable Kenwood began to decline in the 1920s, however. Some single-family homes were subdivided into multi-family dwellings. High-rise apartment houses replaced others. Kenwood's population jumped by 28% during the decade. To create parkland for the growing community, the city in 1931 acquired property on East 50th Street "in Trust for the Use of Schools." The city's Board of Education soon transformed the site into a playground. After the city gained full ownership in 1944, the Bureau of Parks and Recreation planted 12 large American Elms to shade the ball diamonds and jungle gym. By 1950, the park was well-equipped with additional playground apparatus, a small brick recreation building, and a playing field that could be flooded in winter for ice skating. The city transferred Kenwood Community Park to the Chicago Park District in 1959. The following year, when adjacent Kenwood Avenue closed and the new Beulah Shoesmith Elementary School was constructed just to the west, the park district responded by rehabilitating the park. In addition to earlier park amenities, the redesign included tennis and horseshoe courts and a spray pool. Since 1961, the park and the school properties have been jointly operated by the park district and the Board of Education.

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