McKiernan Playground Park

  • 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Christina Brazill
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-2883

Located in the Mt Greenwood Park neighborhood, McKiernan Park totals 1.8 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers two baseball diamonds and a playground.

Park-goers can participate in preschool activities, T-Ball, soccer, Moms, Pops, & Tots, and tumbling. On the cultural side, McKiernan Park offers dance, tap and ballet. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, McKiernan Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

History

Between 1940 and 1950, the Mt. Greenwood community's population nearly tripled as industrial growth in the city's southwest side and south suburbs drew workers to the area. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation responded with efforts to create a small park. In 1952, the bureau acquired 1.8 acres, transforming the site into what was originally known as Sawyer Playground. Six years later, the city renamed the park in tribute to David T. McKiernan (1902--1957), who had recently died. McKiernan was in his second term as 19th ward alderman, after having served for sixteen years as an aid to John J. Duffy, the ward's previous alderman. In 1959, the city transferred ownership of McKiernan Park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. By the early 1960s, the park included a small recreation building, a playfield, playground equipment, a sand box, basketball and volley ball courts, and a spraypool. The park district undertook a major improvement of McKiernan Park's landscape in 1972, and installed a new soft surface playground in 1988.

Parking/Directions

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

McKiernan Baseball

McKiernan Baseball

Location Notes: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

McKiernan Garden

McKiernan Garden

Location Notes: 10417 S. Sawyer Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

McKiernan Fieldhouse

McKiernan Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

Hours: , ,

McKiernan Playground

McKiernan PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

McKiernan Water Spray Feature

McKiernan Water Spray Feature

Location Notes: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

Summer Programs

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  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, August 7, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 14, 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
Crazy Crafter's Club at McKiernan 221276InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Fun and Games at McKiernan Playground 202990InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$39.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 203236InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$164.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 203237InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$138.00
Little Artists at McKiernan Playground 202267InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKiernan Playground 204220InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 10, 2017
Friday, November 24, 2017
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKiernan 221275InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Music and Movement at McKiernan 221280InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 20:15From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$25.00
Play School at McKiernan Playground 203737InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 16:15From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$73.00
Pre Ballet & Creative Movement at McKiernan 221277InstructionGymnastics - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$25.00
Soccer League at McKiernan Playground 204134Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/05 20:30From September 5, 2017 to October 26, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$44.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at McKiernan 221274InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Sports at McKiernan 221278InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 18:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at McKiernan 221279InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 19:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$25.00
Winter Break Camp at McKiernan Playground 204687CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2017/12/26 15:00From December 26, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$44.00
Yoga/Pilates at McKiernan Playground 203709InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$44.00

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Located in the Mt Greenwood Park neighborhood, McKiernan Park totals 1.8 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers two baseball diamonds and a playground.

Park-goers can participate in preschool activities, T-Ball, soccer, Moms, Pops, & Tots, and tumbling. On the cultural side, McKiernan Park offers dance, tap and ballet. During the summer, youth can participate in the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, McKiernan Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family such as holiday-themed events.

Between 1940 and 1950, the Mt. Greenwood community's population nearly tripled as industrial growth in the city's southwest side and south suburbs drew workers to the area. The Bureau of Parks and Recreation responded with efforts to create a small park. In 1952, the bureau acquired 1.8 acres, transforming the site into what was originally known as Sawyer Playground. Six years later, the city renamed the park in tribute to David T. McKiernan (1902--1957), who had recently died. McKiernan was in his second term as 19th ward alderman, after having served for sixteen years as an aid to John J. Duffy, the ward's previous alderman. In 1959, the city transferred ownership of McKiernan Park to the Chicago Park District, along with more than 250 other properties. By the early 1960s, the park included a small recreation building, a playfield, playground equipment, a sand box, basketball and volley ball courts, and a spraypool. The park district undertook a major improvement of McKiernan Park's landscape in 1972, and installed a new soft surface playground in 1988.

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