Rutherford Sayre Park

  • 6871 W. Belden Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60635 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 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
Basketball - Open at Rutherford Sayre 188622OpenSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2016/12/19 18:00From December 19, 2016 to December 30, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 5pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 5pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 5pm
Each Friday from Noon to 5pm
$0
Sports Camp at Rutherford Sayre 188621CampsCamps - SportsAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2016/12/05 21:30From December 5, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Winter Break Camp at Rutherford Sayre 188620CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/12/12 17:00From December 12, 2016 to December 16, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1:30pm
$20.00
Yoga Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 164743PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Art & ABCs at Rutherford Sayre 169316InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Basketball - Open at Rutherford Sayre 171574OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/01/12 00:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$21.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 169534InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/01/10 21:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$23.00
Basketball at Rutherford Sayre 169535InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$23.00
Bitty Basketball Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 169652PartnershipGroupSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 8Coed2017/01/14 16:15From January 14, 2017 to April 8, 2017
Each Saturday from 10:15am to 1:15pm
$35.00
Drawing & Painting at Rutherford Sayre 169856InstructionCulture and Arts - DrawingAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/01/16 21:30From January 16, 2017 to March 6, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Gymnastics at Rutherford Sayre 170112InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$13.00
Gymnastics at Rutherford Sayre 170113InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 22:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$13.00
Kickball at Rutherford Sayre 170615InstructionSports - KickballAt least 6 but less than 10Coed2017/01/10 22:15From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$23.00
Kiddie College at Rutherford Sayre 170324InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 170323InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
$43.00
Mixed Media - Painting at Rutherford Sayre 170509InstructionCulture and Arts - PaintingAt least 18 but less than 60Coed2017/01/10 00:15From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 6:15pm to 7:30pm
$22.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Rutherford Sayre 170470InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/01/18 15:30From January 18, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$17.00
Music and Movement at Rutherford Sayre 170574InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 19:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
NERF Soccer at Rutherford Sayre 171019InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/01/11 21:15From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$23.00
Play School at Rutherford Sayre 170775InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 4Coed2017/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$23.00
Pre-Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 169658OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/01/14 00:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Rutherford Sayre 170254InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 9 but less than 14Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$13.00
Team Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 171271InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/01/13 22:30From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:45pm
$0
Teen Club at Rutherford Sayre 171289OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 15 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Rutherford Sayre 171073InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 20:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Rutherford Sayre 171411InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
$13.00
Yoga Partnership at Rutherford Sayre 171637PartnershipGroupWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
You Build It at Rutherford Sayre 169374InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 5 but less than 9Coed2017/01/09 22:45From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4:45pm to 5:45pm
$13.00

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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.