Murray Playground Park

  • 1743 W. 73rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60655 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
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  • 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.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
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  • 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
Cheerleading - Recreational at Murray Playground 92573InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 14FemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
$4.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at Murray Playgd 93426InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Free
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at Murray Playgd 93425InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 8am to 4pm
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.

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.