5641 S. Kenwood Ave.
A Neighborhood Park in the Heart of Hyde Park
"Yes we can!" Located in the heart of Obama territory, Bixler Park is a Hyde Park destination beloved by locals. Just steps from The Medici Coffee Shop and 57th Street Books, Bixler Park is a great destination for a venture into Chicago's South Side- an easy place to spend a morning (or afternoon).
The Park has a small area where locals are usually seen playing ball with their dogs, sitting on a bench or playing chess (on one of those old school park district cement chess tables). You'll catch University students chatting about politics and philosophy over a great cup of coffee and the park's playground attracts families from every street of Hyde Park. It's one of those playgrounds where people leave their ride-on cars, trikes, bikes, diggers, trucks, sand toys, play kitchens, etc. So, in addition to a seasonal splash pad area, giant sand pit, and the 2 climbing structures, this park is FULL of things to do.
The younger kid's structure is near the sand area and away from the big kid structure- which is a nice feature because olders aren't crashing into youngers. There's a fairly new, certainly well taken care of main structure here with climbing spots, slides, shaded houses a train and 3 infant swings. The big kid structure is west of this, in an adjacent play space. It's larger and has tons to explore. There are also 3 swings and a therapeutic chair swing here. The park is a combination of woodchips (so it can be muddy and dirty on wet days) and padding (under the splash pad area). The park's biggest concern is the sand- there are reminders to bring the water to the sand not the sand to the water (mostly a concern in the warmer weather when the splash pad area is on).