Since the 1960s, Doerhoefer Park has served the Downers Grove Park District as one of its flagship facilities for outdoor athletics. The District's Board of Park Commissioners dedicated the park in 1971 during the Park District's 25th anniversary celebration, and named the park for Edward J. Doerhoefer, a former Park Commissioner and Board President.
Doerhoefer Park offers visitors a variety of active recreation opportunities under lights, including baseball and softball fields; football, soccer and lacrosse on a synthetic turf field; and basketball, tennis and pickleball courts, all lighted for evening use until 11 pm. The park also features ADA accessible playgrounds for tots and children aged 5-12, as well as seating areas, concession services and a .39 mile loop walking path.
Parking is available in the east lot from Saratoga Avenue, the north lot from Venard Road, angled parking spaces along Venard Road, and now in the new south parking lot accessible from Venard Road. The new 57 car south lot features permeable pavers, which allow storm water to pass through the surface and into the ground below the parking lot. It also features a new "drop-off" plaza and pathway, linking it to the ball field core area and synthetic turf field. Parking is not permitted on Saratoga Avenue.
Dawn to Dusk except evenings when permitted lighted activity (operational, artificial lighting) is occurring. The park will close immediately after the lights are turned off until dawn the following day. No person shall remain in park after closing unless a permit is granted in advance. Security lighting shall not be considered operational, artificial lighting.