McKiernan Playground Park

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

McKiernan Garden

McKiernan Garden

Location: 10417 S. Sawyer Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Descriptors: Ornamental

McKiernan Fieldhouse

McKiernan Fieldhouse

Location: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

McKiernan Playground

McKiernan PlaygroundAccessible

Location: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

McKiernan Water Spray Feature

McKiernan Water Spray Feature

Location: 10714 S. Sawyer Ave.

Summer
Online registration for our park began Monday, April 7. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 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
Day Camp at McKiernan 80987CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$293.00

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 10714 S. Sawyer Ave. 1
Community Gardens 10417 S. Sawyer Ave. Ornamental 1 Community Garden
Fieldhouse 10714 S. Sawyer Ave. 0
Playgrounds 10714 S. Sawyer Ave. 0
Water Spray Features 10714 S. Sawyer Ave. 1
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.