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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 2017.

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
Day Camp at Kenwood 195645CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$271.00
Early Bird Camp at Kenwood 195767CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$93.00
Extended Camp at Kenwood 195850CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$93.00
Late Summer Camp at Kenwood 196355CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 6pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 6pm
Each Friday from 10am to 6pm
$159.00
Tennis at Kenwood 197327InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/06/19 18:00From June 19, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Under Illinois Skies at Kenwood 199274InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2017/07/31 15:00From July 31, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Urban Campers at Kenwood 199273InstructionOutdoor & Environment - EducationAt least 9 but less than 10Coed2017/07/24 15:00From July 24, 2017 to July 28, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$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.