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.

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. 

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 at Senka 162370InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/19 23:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Basketball at Senka 162371InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 00:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
CPD Swim Club at Senka 162586InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 00:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
$75.00
Family Swim at Senka 163501OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Learn to Swim at Senka 163325InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 163326InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 163324InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Recreational Tumbling at Senka 163856InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Senka 184216InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 10 but less than 17Coed2016/09/21 00:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
$12.00
Soccer at Senka 164133InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 9Coed2016/09/21 23:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$11.00
Soccer at Senka 164134InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 00:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$11.00
TEAM Sports at Senka 164309InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Team Tumbling at Senka 164328InstructionGymnastics - CompetitiveAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2016/09/22 23:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Senka 164398InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$34.00

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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.