Mather Park

  • 5941 N. Richmond St.   Chicago, Illinois 60659 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Timothy Gibson
  • Park Phone: (312) 742-7501

Mather Park is located in the West Ridge community and shares 13.75 acres with Mather High School where many of the Chicago Park District programs are held. Mather High School features a natatorium, two gymnasia and other rooms for indoor patron use. Outdoors, Mather Park features one senior baseball and four junior softball fields, two combination football and soccer fields, four basketball standards, five tennis courts, four horseshoe pits, a playground, and a sandbox.

Mather Park offers a great variety of sports, and leagues are the majority of its programs. Sports include 16” softball, 12” slow pitch softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. Meeting in the natatorium are the junior lifeguards, life guarding classes, swim team, open swim, and lap swim.

History

Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood experienced tremendous growth after World War I. Its population ballooned from 7,500 in 1920 to almost 40,000 in 1930. Further growth took place after World War II. In 1946, the Chicago Park District decided to establish a sizable park on Peterson Avenue to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. In 1948, the park district purchased the 8-acre site, initially known as Peterson Park for the adjacent street. A decade passed before improvements began, and the park opened to the public in June of 1959. The park's development coincided with the construction of Mather High School just to the south. From the beginning, the park and the 8-acre school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Both the park and the adjacent high school are named for Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service. A native Californian, Mather established a borax-making business and soon made his product a household name with the slogan "20 Mule Team Borax." Mather eventually moved to Chicago, where he increased his reputation as an industrialist. Mather joined Chicago's influential Prairie Club and the Friends of the Native Landscape, both of which strongly supported conservation of the Midwest's natural landscape features. During this same period, Mather made frequent trips to the mountains back west, becoming increasingly dismayed at conditions in the national parks. In 1917, Mather was chosen to head the newly-created National Park Service. This position provided a high-profile platform for Mather's advocacy of Midwestern landscape preservation, including a proposal to create a park in the Indiana dunes along Lake Michigan's southern shore.

Parking/Directions

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

Mather Baseball

Mather Baseball

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Basketball

Mather Basketball

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Fieldhouse

Mather Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Hours: ,

Mather Football/Soccer Field

Mather Football/Soccer Field

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Descriptors: Grass

Mather Gymnasia

Mather GymnasiaAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Clubrooms

Mather ClubroomsAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Playground

Mather PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Mather High School Pool

Mather High School Pool (1)

Location: 5835 N Lincoln Ave.

Location Notes: 5835 N. Lincoln Ave.

Hours: ,

Phone: (773)534-2412

Descriptors: Indoor

Mather Tennis Court

Mather Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond 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 Monday, April 11, 2016.

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Description

Mather Park is located in the West Ridge community and shares 13.75 acres with Mather High School where many of the Chicago Park District programs are held. Mather High School features a natatorium, two gymnasia and other rooms for indoor patron use. Outdoors, Mather Park features one senior baseball and four junior softball fields, two combination football and soccer fields, four basketball standards, five tennis courts, four horseshoe pits, a playground, and a sandbox.

Mather Park offers a great variety of sports, and leagues are the majority of its programs. Sports include 16” softball, 12” slow pitch softball, basketball, flag football, volleyball, and indoor soccer. Meeting in the natatorium are the junior lifeguards, life guarding classes, swim team, open swim, and lap swim.

Chicago's West Ridge neighborhood experienced tremendous growth after World War I. Its population ballooned from 7,500 in 1920 to almost 40,000 in 1930. Further growth took place after World War II. In 1946, the Chicago Park District decided to establish a sizable park on Peterson Avenue to meet the area's increasing recreational needs. In 1948, the park district purchased the 8-acre site, initially known as Peterson Park for the adjacent street. A decade passed before improvements began, and the park opened to the public in June of 1959. The park's development coincided with the construction of Mather High School just to the south. From the beginning, the park and the 8-acre school property have been jointly operated by the park district and the Chicago Board of Education. Both the park and the adjacent high school are named for Stephen Tyng Mather (1867-1930), the first Director of the National Park Service. A native Californian, Mather established a borax-making business and soon made his product a household name with the slogan "20 Mule Team Borax." Mather eventually moved to Chicago, where he increased his reputation as an industrialist. Mather joined Chicago's influential Prairie Club and the Friends of the Native Landscape, both of which strongly supported conservation of the Midwest's natural landscape features. During this same period, Mather made frequent trips to the mountains back west, becoming increasingly dismayed at conditions in the national parks. In 1917, Mather was chosen to head the newly-created National Park Service. This position provided a high-profile platform for Mather's advocacy of Midwestern landscape preservation, including a proposal to create a park in the Indiana dunes along Lake Michigan's southern shore.

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