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

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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.

Mather Gymnasia

Mather GymnasiaAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Descriptors: Lighted

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Mather Horseshoe Pit

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Descriptors: Lighted

Mather Clubrooms

Mather ClubroomsAccessible

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Playground

Mather Playground

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Mather Tennis Court

Mather Tennis Court

Location Notes: 5941 N. Richmond St.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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
Learn to Swim at Mather 90487InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 90489InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 8pm to 9pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 90488InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Mather 111364InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 8pm to 9pm
$22.00
Soccer at Mather 112298InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoedFrom September 29, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$28.00
Soccer at Mather 91229InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoedFrom September 30, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$28.00
Soccer at Mather 91230InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoedFrom October 1, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$28.00
Soccer at Mather 91232InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 14CoedFrom October 2, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$25.00
Soccer at Mather 91231InstructionSports - Soccer18 and upCoedFrom October 3, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 7:15pm to 9pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Mather 91392InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 9pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 9pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Mather 111367InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$28.00

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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.