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.

Hours: ,

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.

Winter Programs

Winter programs start the week of January 4 and run through the week of March 7.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Spring Programs

Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  View programs online beginning Monday, February 8.  
Registration dates for our park are:
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  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, February 27, 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
Conditioning at Murray 137104InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 8 but less than 14Male2016/01/04 22:30From January 4, 2016 to March 11, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$5.00
Inner City Basketball at Murray 137741Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/01/07 23:00From January 7, 2016 to March 25, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Murray 138739InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 18Coed2016/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2016 to March 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Drop-in at Murray 143494InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 20:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
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 143925Individual_LeagueSports - BaseballAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/04/18 21:00From April 18, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports Club at Murray 145099InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 9 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$4.00

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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.