McKiernan Playground Park

  • 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Michelle Drez
  • 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

Descriptors: Ornamental

McKiernan Fieldhouse

McKiernan Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

Hours: , , ,

McKiernan Playground

McKiernan PlaygroundAccessible

Location Notes: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

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 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 McKiernan 116223CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 14:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$300.00
Sports Camp at McKiernan 131154CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 14:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
Each Friday from 9am to Noon
$50.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at McKiernan Playground 122384InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
$21.00
Arts & Crafts at McKiernan Playground 122383InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3Coed2015/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
$21.00
Circuit Training at McKiernan Playground 122804InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/17 23:00From September 17, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$41.00
Dodgeball at McKiernan Playground 122858InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2015/09/14 20:00From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
$21.00
Fun and Games at McKiernan Playground 123108InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$36.00
Fun and Games at McKiernan Playground 123109InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/16 18:15From September 16, 2015 to December 2, 2015
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Wednesday, November 25, 2015
$21.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 123386InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, October 19, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$153.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 123387InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/15 18:00From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$128.00
Pilates at McKiernan Playground 124895InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2015 to December 1, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
$41.00
Play School at McKiernan Playground 123975InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/09/15 16:15From September 15, 2015 to December 3, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
$102.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKiernan Playground 124042InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/18 19:30From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$36.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKiernan Playground 124043InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Female2015/09/18 20:45From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$36.00
Soccer League at McKiernan Playground 124327Individual_LeagueSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2015/09/01 20:30From September 1, 2015 to October 22, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$41.00
Storytime at McKiernan Playground 124407InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/09/18 18:15From September 18, 2015 to December 4, 2015
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 13, 2015
Friday, November 27, 2015
$21.00
Tiny Tot Sports at McKiernan Playground 124142InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2015/09/14 18:15From September 14, 2015 to November 30, 2015
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 12, 2015
Monday, November 16, 2015
$21.00
Winter Break Camp at McKiernan Playground 124827CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2015/12/21 16:00From December 21, 2015 to December 23, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
$31.00
Winter Break Camp at McKiernan Playground 124826CampsCamps - General InterestAt least but less than 13Coed2015/12/28 16:00From December 28, 2015 to December 30, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
$31.00

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Description

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.