McKiernan Playground Park

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

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.

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 2016.

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
Bingo at McKiernan 140524InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 19:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
$22.00
Circuit Training at McKiernan 140459InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$42.00
Fun and Games at McKiernan 140672InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$37.00
Fun and Games at McKiernan 140671InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/30 18:15From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$22.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan 140905InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, May 30, 2016
$156.00
Kiddie College at McKiernan 140906InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2016/03/29 18:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 3pm
$131.00
Mighty Fit Kids at McKiernan 153412InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2016/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$22.00
Pilates at McKiernan 141377InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$42.00
Play School at McKiernan 141406InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2016/03/29 16:15From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11:15am to 12:45pm
$104.00
Storytime at McKiernan 141918InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/01 18:15From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$22.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at McKiernan 154645CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 14:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$315.00
Sports Camp at McKiernan 155622CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 14:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$51.00

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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.