Murray Playground Park

  • 1743 W. 73rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Notes: 6:00 AM - 11:00 PM, Fieldhouse: M-F 10am-6:30pm
  • Park Supervisor: Branden Hicks
  • 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: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Basketball

Murray Basketball

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Fieldhouse

Murray Fieldhouse

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Football Field

Murray Football Field

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Clubrooms

Murray Clubrooms

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Playground

Murray Playground

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Volleyball

Murray Volleyball

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Water Play Area

Murray Water Play Area

Location: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Fall Programs

Fall programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  
Programs will be available for viewing below beginning Monday, July 21.  
Registration dates for our park are listed below.  

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Day Camp at Murray 82279CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
$115.00
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Murray 82693Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
Free
Inner City Baseball - Youth at Murray 82693Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13CoedFrom June 2, 2014 to August 1, 2014
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
Free
Junior Bear Football at Murray 82727InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom July 7, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 1pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 1pm
Each Friday from 10am to 1pm
Free

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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.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1743 W. 73rd St. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1743 W. 73rd St. 1
Fieldhouse 1743 W. 73rd St. 0
Football / Soccer 1743 W. 73rd St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1743 W. 73rd St. 2
Playgrounds 1743 W. 73rd St. 1
Volleyball Courts - Outdoor 1743 W. 73rd St. 1
Water Playgrounds 1743 W. 73rd St. 1
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.