Dooley Playground Park

  • 3402 W. 77th St.   Chicago, Illinois 60652 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Charles Kelley
  • Park Phone: (312) 745-1412

Located in the Ashburn community, Dooley Park totals 1.69 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers a youth softball field.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including tumbling, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, etc. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Dooley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

In 1960, the Central Park and St. Louis Improvement Association suggested the creation of a park and school within a manufacturing district that would soon be redeveloped for residential housing. Winston Homes, Inc. agreed to sell four acres at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 77th Street for the project. By the end of 1967, the Chicago Park District had acquired three acres and the Board of Education had acquired one acre to create a jointly-operated school-park. However, the Board of Education soon began questioning the need for a new school here. The park district improved its three acres and named the site Dooley Park in 1974. After the contiguous Board of Education parcel remained unimproved for years, the park district acquired the land to expand Dooley Park in 1991. In 1999, the Board of Education moved forward on its school-park plan. The park district transferred two and a half acres to the Board of Education, which is constructing a building that will be jointly programmed by both agencies. Thomas A. Dooley (1927-1961) devoted his life to caring for sick people in remote areas of foreign countries. After serving as a navy medical corpsman from 1944 to 1946, Dooley received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1953. He rejoined the navy, and in 1954, at the end of the war in Indochina, Dooley assisted in evacuating refugees from communist North Viet Nam. Dooley wrote a best selling book, "Deliver Us From Evil," describing this work. After resigning from the navy, Dooley used the book's proceeds to establish a medical clinic in Laos in 1956. He went on to establish additional hospitals in other remote regions, traveling to the U.S. only often enough to raise money for these efforts. Dooley's work was cut short by his death from cancer at the young age of 34.

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DooleyBaseball Field

DooleyBaseball Field

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Fieldhouse

Dooley Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

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Dooley Gymnasium

Dooley Gymnasium

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Clubroom

Dooley Clubroom

Location Notes: 3402 W. 77th St.

Dooley Playground

Dooley PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Monday, April 4, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Monday, April 11, 2016.

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
Basketball Camp at Dooley Playground 154473CampsCamps - SportsAt least 10 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2:30pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2:30pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Day Camp at Dooley Playground 154609CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$124.00
Walking Club at Dooley Playground 155833OpenWellness - Walking18 and upCoed2016/06/20 23:00From June 20, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Monday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm
$0

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Located in the Ashburn community, Dooley Park totals 1.69 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers a youth softball field.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including tumbling, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, etc. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Dooley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

In 1960, the Central Park and St. Louis Improvement Association suggested the creation of a park and school within a manufacturing district that would soon be redeveloped for residential housing. Winston Homes, Inc. agreed to sell four acres at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 77th Street for the project. By the end of 1967, the Chicago Park District had acquired three acres and the Board of Education had acquired one acre to create a jointly-operated school-park. However, the Board of Education soon began questioning the need for a new school here. The park district improved its three acres and named the site Dooley Park in 1974. After the contiguous Board of Education parcel remained unimproved for years, the park district acquired the land to expand Dooley Park in 1991. In 1999, the Board of Education moved forward on its school-park plan. The park district transferred two and a half acres to the Board of Education, which is constructing a building that will be jointly programmed by both agencies. Thomas A. Dooley (1927-1961) devoted his life to caring for sick people in remote areas of foreign countries. After serving as a navy medical corpsman from 1944 to 1946, Dooley received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1953. He rejoined the navy, and in 1954, at the end of the war in Indochina, Dooley assisted in evacuating refugees from communist North Viet Nam. Dooley wrote a best selling book, "Deliver Us From Evil," describing this work. After resigning from the navy, Dooley used the book's proceeds to establish a medical clinic in Laos in 1956. He went on to establish additional hospitals in other remote regions, traveling to the U.S. only often enough to raise money for these efforts. Dooley's work was cut short by his death from cancer at the young age of 34.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.