Donovan Playground Park

  • 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Elizabeth Serio
  • 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 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, December 11, 2017.

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 207819InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upFemale2017/09/12 23:00From September 12, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$18.00
Fun and Games at Donovan 206153InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$33.00
Fun with Food at Donovan 206201InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 206467InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$153.00
Recreational Tumbling at Donovan 208246InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/10/30 21:00From October 30, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$11.00
Storytime at Donovan 207836InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$13.00
Strength & Conditioning at Donovan 205703InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Tot Spot at Donovan 206892OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$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.