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 Tennis Court

Mather Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond 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 Monday, December 5, 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
Basketball League at Mather 187353Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 11Coed2017/01/17 01:00From January 16, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 7pm to 10pm
$75.00
Basketball League at Mather 169580Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemale2017/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 10pm
$187.00
Lap Swim at Mather 170350OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/10 02:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 8pm to 9:45pm
Each Tuesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Wednesday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Thursday from 9pm to 9:45pm
Each Friday from 9pm to 9:45pm
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 170416InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 170418InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/12 02:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 170417InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 01:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 170415InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/14 02:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$30.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 171027OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/01/12 01:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$31.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 171026OpenSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14Coed2017/01/13 01:15From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$28.00
Soccer - Open at Mather 171028OpenSports - Soccer18 and upCoed2017/01/14 01:15From January 13, 2017 to March 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$31.00
TEAM Sports at Mather 171257InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mather 171365InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 00:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$34.00

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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.