Rutherford Sayre Park

  • 6871 W. Belden Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60635 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Kim Gapinski
  • Park Phone: (312) 746-5368

Rutherford Sayre Park is located in Chicago’s Montclare community (with Oak Park Avenue at the eastern edge of the park—and close to Chicago’s border with Elmwood Park: two blocks south of where Fullerton Avenue changes its name to Grand Avenue).

The park is over twelve acres in size, and its fieldhouse contains a fitness center, gymnasium, and kitchen. Outside, the park offers two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football-soccer field, two tennis courts, a new ADA soft-surface playground with spray pool, a nature area, plus passive recreation areas.

Rutherford Sayre Park offers a great variety of programming for all ages. Toddlers / preschoolers can enjoy Fun & Games, Moms Pops & Tots Interaction. Recreation includes the fitness center / weight training, baseball, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, seasonal sports, soccer, team tumbling, volleyball, and (Olympic) weight lifting. In the summer, youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

On the cultural side, Rutherford Sayre Park offers several visual arts programs, including arts & crafts, drawing & (water color) painting, and ceramics. Nature programming involves a community garden. The teen art camp has created several colorful mosaics within the park's grounds.

History

In mid-1999, the Chicago Park District combined three of its parks (Rutherford, Sayre, and Rutherford Sayre) to form Rutherford Sayre Park. The three separate parks, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad tracks on the city's northwest side, had long been treated as one by area residents. All three were set aside as parkland just before World War I and came under the control of the Chicago Park District in 1959. The park properties were donated by two local families, the Sayres and Rutherfords, who had farmed and later subdivided the surrounding area. The western portions of the parkland had been part of the Sayre homestead, purchased by William E. Sayre in the early 1830s. Thomas A. Rutherford, the area's first postmaster, donated the eastern section, at the southwest corner of Belden and Oak Park Avenues. In 1916, the Northwest Park District began to improve the area north of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul tracks, erecting a fieldhouse with an assembly hall and a gymnasium. Per a stipulation in the Rutherford deed, the fieldhouse originally included a bowling alley as well, an unusual feature for a Chicago park fieldhouse. In the 1920s, the Chicago Landscape Company designed a spray pool for the park.

Parking/Directions

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

Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Rutherford Sayre Baseball

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Rutherford Sayre Community Garden

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave.

Notes: Community Garden

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Rutherford Sayre Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Hours: , ,

Rutherford Sayre Fitness Center

Rutherford Sayre Fitness CenterAccessible

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Descriptors: ADA Accessible Equipment

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Rutherford Sayre Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Descriptors: Grass

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Rutherford Sayre Gymnasium

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Rutherford Sayre Clubroom

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Playground

Rutherford Sayre PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Rutherford Sayre Roller Hockey Rink

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Rutherford Sayre Tennis Court

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Rutherford Sayre Spray Pool

Location Notes: 6871 W. Belden Ave. Chicago IL 60635

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

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.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 24, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
16" Softball at Rutherford Sayre 177468InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/04/04 20:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$24.00
Art & ABCs at Rutherford Sayre 176431InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 18:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$24.00
Arts & Crafts at Rutherford Sayre 176094InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2017/04/03 20:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$14.00
Baseball - Cubs Rookie League at Rutherford Sayre 177083InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/04/21 23:00From April 21, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Rutherford Sayre 198048OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/04/05 23:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 193291InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Dodgeball at Rutherford Sayre 177409InstructionSports - DodgeballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/04 21:15From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Drawing & Painting at Rutherford Sayre 176148InstructionCulture and Arts - Drawing60 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:30From April 3, 2017 to May 29, 2017
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$0
Flag Football at Rutherford Sayre 177103InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/07 20:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 176502InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
$63.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 176503InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$42.00
Music and Movement at Rutherford Sayre 192887InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 19:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
$14.00
Painting at Rutherford Sayre 176250InstructionCulture and Arts - Painting18 and upCoed2017/04/03 23:15From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Play School at Rutherford Sayre 177647InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 18:00From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Recreational Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 176775InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 14Coed2017/04/07 20:15From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$15.00
Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 177646InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/04/07 21:45From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Tap & Ballet at Rutherford Sayre 177901InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/04/07 21:30From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:15pm
$11.00
T-Ball at Rutherford Sayre 177120InstructionSports - BaseballAt least but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 19:00From April 5, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$24.00
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 176902OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 17Coed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tennis at Rutherford Sayre 177788InstructionSports - TennisAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/05/01 21:45From May 1, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$12.00
Tot Spot at Rutherford Sayre 192886OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 10:45am
$18.00
Track & Field at Rutherford Sayre 177809InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/04/03 21:45From April 3, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$14.00
Yoga Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 178077InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art Camp at Rutherford Sayre 194810CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2017/08/14 15:00From August 14, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$40.00
Day Camp at Rutherford Sayre 194116CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 14:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$375.00
Extended Camp at Rutherford Sayre 194213CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5:30pm
$120.00
Family Night Out at Rutherford Sayre 193970OpenSpecial Interest - Fun & Games4 and upCoed2017/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Play Camp at Rutherford Sayre 194674CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$182.00
Pre-Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 194685OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 12 but less than 15Coed2017/06/26 23:00From June 26, 2017 to August 7, 2017
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Sports Camp at Rutherford Sayre 194809CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$40.00
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 194876OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 16 but less than 18Coed2017/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2017 to August 17, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0

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Rutherford Sayre Park is located in Chicago’s Montclare community (with Oak Park Avenue at the eastern edge of the park—and close to Chicago’s border with Elmwood Park: two blocks south of where Fullerton Avenue changes its name to Grand Avenue).

The park is over twelve acres in size, and its fieldhouse contains a fitness center, gymnasium, and kitchen. Outside, the park offers two junior baseball fields, a softball field, a combination football-soccer field, two tennis courts, a new ADA soft-surface playground with spray pool, a nature area, plus passive recreation areas.

Rutherford Sayre Park offers a great variety of programming for all ages. Toddlers / preschoolers can enjoy Fun & Games, Moms Pops & Tots Interaction. Recreation includes the fitness center / weight training, baseball, basketball, dodgeball, flag football, floor hockey, golf, seasonal sports, soccer, team tumbling, volleyball, and (Olympic) weight lifting. In the summer, youth can attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

On the cultural side, Rutherford Sayre Park offers several visual arts programs, including arts & crafts, drawing & (water color) painting, and ceramics. Nature programming involves a community garden. The teen art camp has created several colorful mosaics within the park's grounds.

In mid-1999, the Chicago Park District combined three of its parks (Rutherford, Sayre, and Rutherford Sayre) to form Rutherford Sayre Park. The three separate parks, lying adjacent to the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul Railroad tracks on the city's northwest side, had long been treated as one by area residents. All three were set aside as parkland just before World War I and came under the control of the Chicago Park District in 1959. The park properties were donated by two local families, the Sayres and Rutherfords, who had farmed and later subdivided the surrounding area. The western portions of the parkland had been part of the Sayre homestead, purchased by William E. Sayre in the early 1830s. Thomas A. Rutherford, the area's first postmaster, donated the eastern section, at the southwest corner of Belden and Oak Park Avenues. In 1916, the Northwest Park District began to improve the area north of the Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Paul tracks, erecting a fieldhouse with an assembly hall and a gymnasium. Per a stipulation in the Rutherford deed, the fieldhouse originally included a bowling alley as well, an unusual feature for a Chicago park fieldhouse. In the 1920s, the Chicago Landscape Company designed a spray pool for the park.

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