Murray Playground Park

  • 1743 W. 73rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Branden Hicks
  • Park Phone: (312) 747-6562

Located in the West Englewood community, Murray Park totals 3.26 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a refurbished basketball court, spray pool, baseball/softball diamonds, and playground. Many of the spaces, including fields and clubrooms, are available for rental.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including the Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, Murray Park offers modern dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Murray Park hosts holiday-themed celebrations and other special events throughout the year.

History

On June 4, 1917, the City of Chicago purchased land in the West Englewood community to construct a section of the Southwest Water Tunnel. Nearly a decade later, the city gave the Bureau of Parks and Recreation permission to develop the property as parkland. Established in 1929, the new park was well-equipped with playground apparatus, boys' and girls' playfields and a separate baseball field, an oval wading pool bordered by a wooden pergola, and a small recreation building with open shelter and sand court wings. The open wings of the recreation structure were enclosed in 1947 to create a year-round facility. In 1959, the city began leasing property to the Chicago Park District, which installed new basketball courts and plantings in 1966 and rehabilitated the playground area twenty years later. This site has been known as Murray Park since 1928. Until 1930, the park was officially, but incorrectly, designated Daniel L. Murray Park. The park was in fact meant to honor David L. Murray (1865-1955), a local educator. Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1865, Murray worked for the Chicago school board for 54 years. For many years, he taught at Raster Elementary School, located just three blocks from the park, at 6900 South Hermitage Avenue. He also served as the school's principal. A resident of West Englewood, Murray lived at 6733 South Marshfield Avenue.

Parking/Directions

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

Murray Baseball

Murray Baseball

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Basketball

Murray Basketball

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Fieldhouse

Murray Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

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Murray Football Field

Murray Football Field

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Clubrooms

Murray Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Playground

Murray Playground

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Volleyball

Murray Volleyball

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Water Play Area

Murray Water Play Area

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Spring Programs

Click on the Spring tab below. Most activities run the week of March 30 through the week of June 1. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7.  Specialty camp dates vary.
Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17.
View programs online beginning Monday, March 30.  
Registration dates for our park are:
  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

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
Drop-in at Murray Playground 129530InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 8 but less than 14Coed2015/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 5:45pm
$0
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Murray Playground 106233Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/04/20 21:00From April 20, 2015 to June 5, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Murray Playground 129529InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2015 to June 4, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$3.00
Senior Citizens Club at Murray Playground 107382OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2015/03/31 15:30From March 31, 2015 to May 28, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 3pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Day Camp at Murray 118410CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
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
$117.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Murray 119190Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2015/06/01 15:00From June 1, 2015 to July 31, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 2pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 2pm
Each Friday from 10am to 2pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Murray 119219InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2015/07/06 15:00From July 6, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
$0

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Description

Located in the West Englewood community, Murray Park totals 3.26 acres and features a multi-purpose clubroom. Outside, the park offers a refurbished basketball court, spray pool, baseball/softball diamonds, and playground. Many of the spaces, including fields and clubrooms, are available for rental.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including the Junior Bears Football. On the cultural side, Murray Park offers modern dance. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Murray Park hosts holiday-themed celebrations and other special events throughout the year.

On June 4, 1917, the City of Chicago purchased land in the West Englewood community to construct a section of the Southwest Water Tunnel. Nearly a decade later, the city gave the Bureau of Parks and Recreation permission to develop the property as parkland. Established in 1929, the new park was well-equipped with playground apparatus, boys' and girls' playfields and a separate baseball field, an oval wading pool bordered by a wooden pergola, and a small recreation building with open shelter and sand court wings. The open wings of the recreation structure were enclosed in 1947 to create a year-round facility. In 1959, the city began leasing property to the Chicago Park District, which installed new basketball courts and plantings in 1966 and rehabilitated the playground area twenty years later. This site has been known as Murray Park since 1928. Until 1930, the park was officially, but incorrectly, designated Daniel L. Murray Park. The park was in fact meant to honor David L. Murray (1865-1955), a local educator. Born in Ontario, Canada, in 1865, Murray worked for the Chicago school board for 54 years. For many years, he taught at Raster Elementary School, located just three blocks from the park, at 6900 South Hermitage Avenue. He also served as the school's principal. A resident of West Englewood, Murray lived at 6733 South Marshfield Avenue.

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