Donovan Playground Park

  • 3620 S. Lituanica Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60609 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Vacant
  • 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.

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of  April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, May 1, 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
16" Softball League at Donovan 178139Team_LeagueSports - Softball18 and upMale2017/04/29 00:00From April 28, 2017 to August 11, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
$200.00
Conditioning at Donovan 178988InstructionWellness - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:30From April 4, 2017 to May 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:30pm
$0
Fun and Games at Donovan 179310InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to May 26, 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 179353InstructionSpecial Interest - Educational/Self-HelpAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Kiddie College at Donovan 179795InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to May 26, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$115.00
Music and Movement at Donovan 180178InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/03 21:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
NERF Soccer at Donovan 180222InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Step Aerobics at Donovan 181196InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upFemale2017/04/04 23:00From April 4, 2017 to May 25, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
Storytime at Donovan 181216InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Tot Spot at Donovan 181759OpenEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/04/07 20:45From April 7, 2017 to June 2, 2017
Each Friday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Arts & Crafts at Donovan 195279InstructionCulture and Arts - Decorative ArtsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/27 20:00From June 27, 2017 to August 3, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$21.00
Fun and Games at Donovan 195987InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 18:00From June 26, 2017 to August 3, 2017
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
$33.00
Play Camp at Donovan 196810CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
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
$158.00
Sports Camp at Donovan 197061CampsCamps - SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 20:00From June 26, 2017 to August 2, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$33.00

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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.