Bixler Park

5641 S. Kenwood Ave.

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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).    

Reenie O'Brien King
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A Chicago native, Reenie grew up in the city's Old Town area. After 6 years on the east coast (Boston and Philly) with her husband, Cabell, they returned to Chicago in 2018 and have settled in the Lincoln Square/Ravenswood area of the city. Reenie is the proud, dedicated and playful mom to two kids, Tiernan (4) and Adeline (2) and one on the way (due in May 2021). She holds a Master's in Education from DePaul University and has taught Kindergarten, First Grade, Middle School Drama and 8th Grade Art. Despite taking time off from full- time classroom work, Reenie remains passionate and active in the educational field serving on the boards of ISCJ School in Chicago and Ingles Sin Limites in El Salvador. She is a founding member and former chairman of the Junior Board at Chicago's Mercy Home for Boys and Girls. Reenie has also done work at Scattergood Ethics at The University of Pennsylvania and consulted with Free Forest School Illinois and Hike it Baby Philadelphia. Currently home "daily adventuring" with her kids, Reenie also serves as the Director of Online and Print Content at her family's Mental Health company, MADO Healthcare. A passionate traveler, horseback rider, yogi, mental health advocate and aspiring Children's Book Author, Reenie is glad to share some views of the city she loves with Happy.ly!
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