Senka Park

  • 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60629 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Maria Abreu
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-4386

Located in the Chicago Lawn community (in Solorio High School), Senka Park features a playground, spray pool, indoor pool, softball/baseball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields and a soft surface track. This park is located in Solorio High School. 

Senka Park offers aquatic programs, and during the summer, day camp. 

History

Edward "Duke" Senka, for whom this park is named, was a long-time park district employee. Senka rose from physical instructor to supervisor of recreation between 1941 and his death in 1983. The Chicago Park District created Senka Park in 1971 on an abandoned rail yard leased by the city from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. When in 1990 the railroad announced plans to terminate the lease and sell the parkland for development, the community protested. Fortunately, the park district, with the help of the Trust for Public Land, successfully negotiated the purchase of the leased property, together with adjoining land, and tripled the park's size. The park district, the board of education, and the city have since pooled their resources to develop state-of-the-art recreational facilities at the site.

Parking/Directions

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

Senka Diamond

Senka Diamond

Location Notes: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Basketball

Senka Basketball

Location Notes: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Football/Soccer

Senka Football/Soccer

Location Notes: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

Senka Playground

Senka PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Senka Volleyball

Senka Volleyball

Location Notes: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Spray Pool

Senka Spray Pool

Location Notes: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

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

  

 

Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, August 1.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 15, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 22, 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
Adult Swim at Senka 154347OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 18:15From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Adult Swim at Senka 154347OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 18:15From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Wednesday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Friday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
$0
Art Camp at Senka 154382CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 18:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$11.00
Day Camp at Senka 154666CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$252.00
Family Swim at Senka 154786OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/23 18:30From June 23, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Family Swim at Senka 154786OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/23 18:30From June 23, 2016 to June 30, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
$0
Gymnastics Camp at Senka 159032CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 16:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:30pm
$25.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 155064InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/21 17:15From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 155066InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/22 17:15From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 159816InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/23 17:15From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Senka 159148OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 14:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Tuesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Wednesday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Thursday from 9:15am to 10:15am
Each Friday from 9:15am to 10:15am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Senka 155174OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 15:30From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Senka 155174OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/20 15:30From June 20, 2016 to July 4, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Soccer at Senka 155582InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 21:05From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 4:05pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4:05pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4:05pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$11.00
Sports Camp at Senka 159033CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 18:00From August 15, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$15.00
TEAM Sports at Senka 155679InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 20:15From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Wednesday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
Each Friday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Senka 159815InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/06/20 17:15From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Senka 155759InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/06/24 17:15From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 12:15pm to 1:15pm
$34.00
Youth Swim at Senka 155895OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 16:45From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:15pm
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Youth Swim at Senka 155895OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 16:45From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 11:45am to 12:15pm
From August 18, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0

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Located in the Chicago Lawn community (in Solorio High School), Senka Park features a playground, spray pool, indoor pool, softball/baseball diamonds, basketball courts, soccer fields and a soft surface track. This park is located in Solorio High School. 

Senka Park offers aquatic programs, and during the summer, day camp. 

Edward "Duke" Senka, for whom this park is named, was a long-time park district employee. Senka rose from physical instructor to supervisor of recreation between 1941 and his death in 1983. The Chicago Park District created Senka Park in 1971 on an abandoned rail yard leased by the city from the Grand Trunk Western Railroad. When in 1990 the railroad announced plans to terminate the lease and sell the parkland for development, the community protested. Fortunately, the park district, with the help of the Trust for Public Land, successfully negotiated the purchase of the leased property, together with adjoining land, and tripled the park's size. The park district, the board of education, and the city have since pooled their resources to develop state-of-the-art recreational facilities at the site.

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