Donovan Playground Park

  • 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Trisha Boruta
  • Phone: (312) 747-6111

Donovan (George) is located in the Bridgeport Community, Donovan Park totals 2.68 acres and features a small field house. Outdoors, the park offers baseball fields, athletic field, playground, basketball courts and an inter-active water spray facility. While the park is busy during the summer with baseball leagues and day camp, year round programs and special events are also offered including pre-school, dodge ball and a variety of youth sports and adult fitness.  

Adults participate in a range of activities, including yoga, conditioning, pilates and Chicago’s famous 16” softball . Parents gather at Donovan Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots as well.

History

Donovan Park is one of three Chicago parks named in honor of a group of firemen who perished in a disastrous fire on March 1, 1957. Engine 29 Captain George L. Donovan (1916--1957), along with fellow firefighters Howard J. Strohacker (1909--1957) and Sylvester L. Pietrowski (1920--1957), perished when the factory of the Lawrence Corporation, a shortening manufacturer, exploded, burying the three in tons of debris. An old friend and neighbor of Mayor Richard J. Daley, Donovan lived just three blocks east of the Bridgeport park now bearing his name. Initially known as Sangamon Park, this playlot was established by the City of Chicago's Bureau of Parks and Recreation on Board of Education property just two years before Donovan's death. In 1959, the city turned over management of the park to the Chicago Park District. By the time the park district assumed full ownership in 1991, the park included a playground, a small recreational building, and various ball fields and courts. Shortly thereafter, the district rehabilitated the Donovan Park playground as part of its soft surface playground program.

Parking/Directions

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

Donovan Baseball Diamonds

Donovan Baseball Diamonds

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Basketball Court

Donovan Basketball Court

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Fieldhouse

Donovan Fieldhouse

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Football/Soccer Area

Donovan Football/Soccer Area

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Clubroom

Donovan Clubroom

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Picnic Grove

Donovan Picnic Grove

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Playground

Donovan Playground

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Donovan Volleyball Court

Donovan Volleyball Court

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Sprinklers

Donovan Sprinklers

Location: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

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
16" Softball League at Donovan 91835Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMaleFrom August 22, 2014 to October 31, 2014
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$400.00
Art & ABCs at Donovan 110625InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3:15pm to 4pm
$15.00
Arts & Crafts at Donovan 92044InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$10.00
Arts & Crafts at Donovan 92045InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 6 but less than 11CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Donovan 92605InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free
Fun and Games at Donovan 92975InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 93003InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 93482InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$140.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Donovan 110624InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Donovan 110626InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 11 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 94691InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Donovan 95103InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4:15pm to 5pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Donovan 95220InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$10.00

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Donovan (George) is located in the Bridgeport Community, Donovan Park totals 2.68 acres and features a small field house. Outdoors, the park offers baseball fields, athletic field, playground, basketball courts and an inter-active water spray facility. While the park is busy during the summer with baseball leagues and day camp, year round programs and special events are also offered including pre-school, dodge ball and a variety of youth sports and adult fitness.  

Adults participate in a range of activities, including yoga, conditioning, pilates and Chicago’s famous 16” softball . Parents gather at Donovan Park with their preschoolers for moms, pops and tots as well.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Fieldhouse 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 0
Football / Soccer 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Picnic Groves 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Playgrounds 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Water Spray Features 3620 S. Lituanica Ave. 1
Donovan Park is one of three Chicago parks named in honor of a group of firemen who perished in a disastrous fire on March 1, 1957. Engine 29 Captain George L. Donovan (1916--1957), along with fellow firefighters Howard J. Strohacker (1909--1957) and Sylvester L. Pietrowski (1920--1957), perished when the factory of the Lawrence Corporation, a shortening manufacturer, exploded, burying the three in tons of debris. An old friend and neighbor of Mayor Richard J. Daley, Donovan lived just three blocks east of the Bridgeport park now bearing his name. Initially known as Sangamon Park, this playlot was established by the City of Chicago's Bureau of Parks and Recreation on Board of Education property just two years before Donovan's death. In 1959, the city turned over management of the park to the Chicago Park District. By the time the park district assumed full ownership in 1991, the park included a playground, a small recreational building, and various ball fields and courts. Shortly thereafter, the district rehabilitated the Donovan Park playground as part of its soft surface playground program.

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