End Gender Segregation at the McKinley Park Pool

Kate Moser and baby Lucy Moser enjoy a summer swim at the McKinley Park pool.
Kate Moser and baby Lucy Moser enjoy a summer swim at the McKinley Park pool.
Published March 27, 2018

By Kate Moser

I have been a proud resident of the McKinley Park neighborhood since 2005. In the summer of 2007, I discovered what I believe to be McKinley Park's greatest summer amenity: the outdoor pool.

It is an amazing space, Olympic-sized with an attached kiddie pool and water playground. It is also on the southern side of the park, so it gets a lot of sun. Best of all, it is free. But here's the caveat: Many families can't make use of it.

Most of the summer, the times that the sun is high in the sky are reserved for day camp, which is reasonable. Although the pool opens "to the public" at 2 p.m., this is reserved for male-only swimmers until 2:45 p.m. and then female-only swimmers from 3 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Males and females can only swim together from 4 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.  

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What is the Future of Our Neighborhood?

Published February 23, 2018

Alma Anaya photoAlma AnayaBy Alma Anaya, candidate for 7th District Cook County Commissioner

Off I-55 and a few minutes away from the bustle of downtown Chicago, we find McKinley Park, a quaint, diverse, working-class neighborhood that boasts being the geographic center of our city. I have worked for Cook County 7th District Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia for the past six years; the last three have been in our office in McKinley Park. It’s a great neighborhood for our office as it is conveniently positioned as the gateway to the broader Southwest Side, easily accessible by public transit and a hop away from the neighborhoods in the 7th District north of the river.

Chicago is undergoing a housing crisis as property values increase and residents are being displaced from communities that were once affordable and a refuge for working-class families. McKinley Park is no exception to this, and as new developments come to the community, it is crucial that residents define a vision for what McKinley Park seeks to become in the future.

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