Donovan Playground Park

  • 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
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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.

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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.

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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
Arts & Crafts at Donovan 98662InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least but less than 10Coed2015/01/09 21:45From January 9, 2015 to March 13, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Conditioning at Donovan 99298InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:30From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 99663InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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 99699InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 100072InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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 113502InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 11, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 101533InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:00From January 6, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$15.00
Storytime at Donovan 101555InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2015/01/06 19:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$10.00
Teen Club at Donovan 101672OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2015/01/06 00:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Donovan 101844InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Donovan 101965InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 102010OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 2 but less than 3Coed2015/01/08 19:30From January 8, 2015 to March 12, 2015
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 2:15pm
$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.

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.