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

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.

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 165620InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 166037InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$31.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 166072InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 166666InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to December 2, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, October 10, 2016
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Friday, November 11, 2016
Friday, November 25, 2016
$146.00
Music and Movement at Donovan 168566InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
NERF Soccer at Donovan 167133InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to October 18, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$10.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 168137InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upFemale2016/09/20 23:00From September 20, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Thursday, November 24, 2016
$17.00
Storytime at Donovan 168160InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 16, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Donovan 168706InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/10/25 21:00From October 25, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
$10.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 168744OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2016/09/23 20:45From September 23, 2016 to November 18, 2016
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Except the following dates:
Friday, November 11, 2016
$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.