Senka Park

  • 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60629 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours:
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Maria Abreu
  • 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: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Basketball

Senka Basketball

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Park - Trujilos's Concession

Senka Park - Trujilos's Concession

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave

Senka Football/Soccer

Senka Football/Soccer

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Playground

Senka Playground

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Volleyball

Senka Volleyball

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Senka Spray Pool

Senka Spray Pool

Location: 5656 S. St. Louis Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Monday, August 4, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, August 11, 2014.

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
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Senka 86861InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Art Camp at Senka 86118CampsCamps - Special InterestAt least 6 but less than 9CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Crafting at Senka 86119InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 10 but less than 12CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
Free
Day Camp at Senka 81010CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$235.00
Family Swim at Senka 86854OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm
Free
Learn to Swim at Senka 81348InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 81349InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 81350InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom July 2, 2014 to July 30, 2014
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 86857InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Senka 86853OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
Free
Open Swim at Senka 86855OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Parent and Tot Swim at Senka 86856OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6CoedFrom June 16, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Monday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Free
Soccer Camp at Senka 86116CampsCamps - SportsAt least 7 but less than 9CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 1pm
Each Friday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Soccer Camp at Senka 86117CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 12CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Senka 81637InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Monday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 2:30pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 2:30pm to 4pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Senka 86859InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Senka 86858InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Senka 89479InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at Senka 89514Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18MaleFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 6pm to 8:15pm
$15.00
Basketball at Senka 89659InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
$15.00
Chair Exercise at Senka 89956InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$20.00
Indoor Soccer at Senka 90287InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at Senka 90517InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00

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Description

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. 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 6
Concessions Senka Park, 5656 S. Saint Louis Ave 0
Fieldhouse 0
Football / Soccer 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 1
Playgrounds 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 1
Swimming Pools 5400 S. St. Louis Ave., at Solorio Academy High School 0
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 2
Water Spray Features 5656 S. St. Louis Ave. 1
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.