Murray Playground Park

  • 1743 W. 73rd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60636 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Kelvin Coffie
  • 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.

Hours: ,

Murray Football Field

Murray Football Field

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Descriptors: Grass

Murray Clubrooms

Murray Clubrooms

Location Notes: 1743 W. 73rd St.

Murray Playground

Murray PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
Fun and Games at Murray 186997InstructionSpecial Interest - Fun & GamesAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 22:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$2.00
Winter Break Camp at Murray 187033CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/12/26 16:00From December 26, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$5.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Inner City Basketball at Murray 173365Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2017/01/18 23:00From January 18, 2017 to March 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Kiddie College at Murray 187002InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 4 but less than 6Coed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from 11am to 12:45pm
Each Friday from 11am to 12:45pm
$6.00
Park Kids at Murray 187001InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 21:00From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$3.00
Seasonal Sports at Murray 186998InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Murray 186999InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$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.