Hours

Park Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday: Closed
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: Closed
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed
Fieldhouse Hours
Day Time slot Comment
Sunday Closed
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday Closed

Description

Located in the Ashburn community, Dooley Park totals 1.38 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers a youth softball field.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports including tumbling, soccer, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, etc. Afterschool programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Dooley Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including holiday-themed events.

History

In 1960, the Central Park and St. Louis Improvement Association suggested the creation of a park and school within a manufacturing district that would soon be redeveloped for residential housing. Winston Homes, Inc. agreed to sell four acres at the corner of St. Louis Avenue and 77th Street for the project. By the end of 1967, the Chicago Park District had acquired three acres and the Board of Education had acquired one acre to create a jointly-operated school-park. However, the Board of Education soon began questioning the need for a new school here. The park district improved its three acres and named the site Dooley Park in 1974. After the contiguous Board of Education parcel remained unimproved for years, the park district acquired the land to expand Dooley Park in 1991. In 1999, the Board of Education moved forward on its school-park plan. The park district transferred two and a half acres to the Board of Education, which is constructing a building that will be jointly programmed by both agencies. Thomas A. Dooley (1927-1961) devoted his life to caring for sick people in remote areas of foreign countries. After serving as a navy medical corpsman from 1944 to 1946, Dooley received his medical degree from St. Louis University in 1953. He rejoined the navy, and in 1954, at the end of the war in Indochina, Dooley assisted in evacuating refugees from communist North Viet Nam. Dooley wrote a best selling book, "Deliver Us From Evil," describing this work. After resigning from the navy, Dooley used the book's proceeds to establish a medical clinic in Laos in 1956. He went on to establish additional hospitals in other remote regions, traveling to the U.S. only often enough to raise money for these efforts. Dooley's work was cut short by his death from cancer at the young age of 34.

Parking Directions

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

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Map & Facilities

Dooley Clubroom

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Dooley Fieldhouse

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Dooley Gymnasium

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Dooley Playground

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

Dooley Baseball Field

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Dooley Clubroom

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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Dooley Fieldhouse

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
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Dooley Gymnasium

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
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Dooley Playground

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
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Dooley Baseball Field

3402 W. 77th St.
Chicago, IL 60652
United States

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