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.

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 4, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Cheerleading - Recreational at McKiernan 210915InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 5y 5m but less than 9y 5m Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$25.00
Dino Diggers at McKiernan Playground 225984InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 20:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$25.00
FFW Preview - Yoga Sculpt at McKiernan Playground 228897InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Fun and Games at McKiernan Playground 209660InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$40.00
Fun with Food at McKiernan Playground 225983InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5y 5m but less than 10Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:15pm
$25.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 209914InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$167.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan Playground 209915InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$141.00
Little Artists at McKiernan Playground 210082InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKiernan Playground 209948InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/12 19:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at McKiernan 210164InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Play School at McKiernan Playground 210361InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2018/01/09 17:15From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:15pm
$74.00
Pre Ballet & Creative Movement at McKiernan 210392InstructionGymnastics - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$25.00
Recreational Tumbling at McKiernan Playground 211020InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5y 5m but less than 9y 5m Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$25.00
Tiny Talkers - Spanish at McKiernan 225982InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2018/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Tiny Tot Sports at McKiernan Playground 210917InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$25.00
Yoga Sculpt at McKiernan Playground 211191InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$45.00

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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.