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 run by Common Threads

Descriptors: Edible

Kenwood Park Community Garden

Kenwood Park Community Garden

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

Kenwood Fieldhouse

Kenwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

Hours: ,

Kenwood Football/Soccer

Kenwood Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

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

Location Notes: 1330 E. 50th St.

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

View our fall program schedule below.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration is on-going while spots are available.

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
Ballet - Beginner at Kenwood Community 112272InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2014/09/02 21:00From September 2, 2014 to December 11, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Drop In at Kenwood 112201InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 12:00From September 2, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 7am to 8am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8am
Each Friday from 7am to 8am
$20.00
Kiddie College at Kenwood Community 110964InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 17:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Little Artists at Kenwood Community 110966InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2014/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$30.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Kenwood 94062InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 5pm
$85.00
Park Kids - Fall, Winter, Spring at Kenwood 110969Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 19:30From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 5pm
$255.00

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Description

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.