Donovan Playground Park

  • 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Rebecca Koenig
  • Park 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

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Donovan Baseball Diamonds

Donovan Baseball Diamonds

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Basketball Court

Donovan Basketball Court

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Fieldhouse

Donovan Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Hours: , ,

Donovan Football/Soccer Area

Donovan Football/Soccer Area

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Clubroom

Donovan Clubroom

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Picnic Grove

Donovan Picnic Grove

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Playground

Donovan Playground

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Donovan Volleyball Court

Donovan Volleyball Court

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Sprinklers

Donovan Sprinklers

Location Notes: 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
Conditioning at Donovan 137091InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/01/05 17:30From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 137401InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 18:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 137439InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 137817InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/04 16:00From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$143.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 138998InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$16.00
Storytime at Donovan 139020InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2016 to March 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Donovan 139330InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/01/04 22:00From January 4, 2016 to March 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Donovan 139451InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2016 to March 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 139493OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2016/01/08 21:45From January 8, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball League at Donovan 142507Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2016/04/30 00:45From April 29, 2016 to July 29, 2016
Each Friday from 7:45pm to 10pm
$204.00
Conditioning at Donovan 143318InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:30From March 29, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 143618InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to May 23, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 143650InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 144008InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 15:00From March 28, 2016 to May 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$146.00
Music and Movement at Donovan 153486InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/28 21:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
NERF Soccer at Donovan 144471InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Soccer at Donovan 153487InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 6 but less than 11Coed2016/03/28 22:00From March 28, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
$20.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 145444InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upFemale2016/03/29 23:00From March 29, 2016 to May 26, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$17.00
Storytime at Donovan 145462InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 145970OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2016/04/01 20:45From April 1, 2016 to May 27, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$12.00

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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.

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.