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
16" Softball League at Donovan 104830Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2015/05/02 00:45From May 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Friday from 7:45pm to 10pm
$204.00
Fun and Games at Donovan Playground 105929InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 17:00From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$29.00
Fun with Food at Donovan Playground 105963InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/02 21:00From April 2, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Kickball League at Donovan Playground 106265Team_LeagueSports - Kickball18 and upMale2015/05/08 00:00From May 7, 2015 to August 6, 2015
Each Thursday from 7pm to 10pm
$153.00
Kiddie College at Donovan Playground 106304InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$143.00
NERF Soccer at Donovan Playground 107475InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2015 to June 2, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Play School at Donovan Playground 122220InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/03/31 18:15From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2:30pm
$21.00
Storytime at Donovan Playground 105044InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2015 to June 3, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tiny Tot Dance at Donovan Playground 122221InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2015/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2015 to June 1, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Tot Spot at Donovan Playground 105045OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 4Coed2015/04/03 20:45From April 3, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Fun and Games at Donovan 120885InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 18:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Play Camp at Donovan 120837CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$145.00
Sports Camp at Donovan 120838CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/06/29 20:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$30.00

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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.