Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Monday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Tuesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Wednesday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Thursday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Friday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Saturday: 6:00 am-11:00 pm
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday 10:30 am-7:30 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am-8:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm-8:00 pm
Thursday 10:30 am-7:30 pm
Friday 9:30 am-7:30 pm
Saturday Closed

Description

Located in the Ashburn Community, Durkin Park totals 9.67 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers four baseball diamonds, a playground, and a multi-purpose court.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, youth and adult sports leagues, tap & ballet. On the cultural side, Durkin Park offers Park Voyagers and painting. After-school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Durkin Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

For more information on the upcoming Department of Water Management project, please visit https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/water/supp_info/durkin-park-water-project.html

 

History

Chicago's Ashburn community remained sparsely populated until the late 1940s, when industrial development on the southwest side and in nearby suburbs brought a surge of residential construction to the area. Ashburn's population increased an amazing 400% during the 1950s. In early 1957, a local civic group, the West Ridge Association, appeared before the Chicago Park District to advocate park development in their quickly-growing neighborhood. Before year's end, the park district used park improvement bond funds to acquire several city blocks between 83rd and 84th Streets. Additional acreage was provided by greening over the three city streets that ran through the park site.  In 1958, the City of Chicago had streets vacated to acquire land for the park.  In 1959, the Engineering Department developed a site plan that included a playground, horseshoe courts, and an athletic field. Improvements followed shortly thereafter.

In 1962, the site was named for Martin P. Durkin (1894--1955), president of the AFL Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, who lived near the park. Durkin served as President Eisenhower's first Secretary of Labor. Durkin Park's development coincided with the construction of Crerar Elementary School just to the west. From the beginning, the park and the adjacent school property have been jointly operated by the Park District and the Chicago Board of Education. Though Crerar School closed for several years in the 1980s, the Park District continued to use the school property with few interruptions, and the school building has since reopened as Linhart Elementary School. The school's gymnasium doubles as the Durkin Park fieldhouse during non-school hours.

Parking/Directions

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

Map & Facilities

Durkin Baseball Fields

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Fieldhouse

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Football/Soccer Field

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Gymnasium

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Lunchroom

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Playground

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Roller Hockey/Skating Rink

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Spray Pool

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Durkin Workout Station

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Baseball Fields

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Fieldhouse

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
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Durkin Football/Soccer Field

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
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Durkin Gymnasium

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Lunchroom

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Playground

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Roller Hockey/Skating Rink

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Spray Pool

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Durkin Workout Station

8445 S. Kolin Ave.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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