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) Park is located in the Bridgeport Community. The park totals 2.68 acres and features a small field house.

Outdoors, the park offers baseball fields, an athletic field, a playground, basketball courts and an interactive water spray facility. The playground was renovated in Fall 2013 as part of the Chicago Plays! progam.

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 also gather at Donovan Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes. 

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 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.

Descriptors: Grass

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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013- Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Donovan Volleyball Court

Donovan Volleyball Court

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Donovan Sprinklers

Donovan Sprinklers

Location Notes: 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 12, 2016.

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 172588InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 172938InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$32.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 172976InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 173439InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$112.00
Music and Movement at Donovan 174964InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, January 16, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Monday, February 20, 2017
$13.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 174612InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Storytime at Donovan 174636InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Donovan 175099InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 175137OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/01/13 21:45From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, March 3, 2017
$13.00

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Donovan (George) Park is located in the Bridgeport Community. The park totals 2.68 acres and features a small field house.

Outdoors, the park offers baseball fields, an athletic field, a playground, basketball courts and an interactive water spray facility. The playground was renovated in Fall 2013 as part of the Chicago Plays! progam.

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 also gather at Donovan Park with their preschoolers for Moms, Pops and Tots classes. 

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.