Richard Clark Park comprises nearly ten acres of greenspace along the east bank of the Chicago River in the North Center neighborhood. At the park you'll find a soccer field, a freeride bike park known as The Garden, and the new WMS Boat House.
The Garden is a set of dirt jumps located right in the City of Chicago. There are 3 jump lines and a pump track with multiple routes. The Garden is free, open to the public, and has terrain for all ages and skill levels. The park's soccer fields and bike trails sit on land once occupied by the fondly-remembered Riverview Amusement Park. The park's soccer fields and bike trails sit on land once occupied by the fondly-remembered Riverview Amusement Park. The park's soccer fields and bike trails sit on land once occupied by the fondly-remembered Riverview Amusement Park. The park's soccer fields and bike trails sit on land once occupied by the fondly-remembered Riverview Amusement Park.
The boat house also offers canoe & kayak rentals [until end of October 2013 and open May 2014] and a public dock that is available for use by non-motorized boats during park hours. Restrooms are also available to the public when the boathouse vendor is operating. For details on hours of operation, please visit www.chicagoriverpaddle.com.
The Chicago Park District’s new WMS Boathouse at Clark Park is the premier rowing center in the city, with year round training and facilities unmatched in the region. Through our partnership with Chicago Rowing Foundation [ [CRF] they will provide low-cost community programs in addition to our existing recreational and competitive teams. In addition to hosting Park District campers and community-inclusive learn-to-row and open rowing events, the Foundation (CRF) will also facilitate participation of high schools and middle schools in rowing at Clark Park ..
The Clark Park Boat House is an approximately 22,620 square foot rowing training and boat storage facility. The building consists of a two story mechanically heated and cooled building and a one story tempered boat storage building and a floating boat launch dock in the Chicago River. The two story building houses row tank space, ergometer work out space that accommodates approximately 36 ‘erg’ machines, a community room, main office and restrooms with shower facilities. The one story boat storage building will have kayak and canoe vendor storage, a vendor office and restroom, and a clear span boat storage space to store approximately 50 rowing shells and support equipment.
The Clark Park boathouse building costs $8.8 million and includes $3.2 million in private funding, including $2 million from WMS, $1 million from North Park University, and $200,000 from the Chicago Rowing Foundation, and $1 million matched by Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th ward)from TIF.
The WMS Boathouse at Clark Park has been thoughtfully designed by Jeanne Gang, FAIA, and her firm, Studio Gang.
Richard Clark Park comprises nearly ten acres of greenspace along the east bank of the Chicago River in the North Center neighborhood. The park's soccer fields and bike trails sit on land once occupied by the fondly-remembered Riverview Amusement Park. Riverview, created in 1904 on the site of a former German hunting preserve, was for a time the world's largest amusement park, with a massive roller coaster, a double ferris wheel, a tunnel of love, a water slide, a parachute drop, and carnival games of skill and chance, among many other things.
After the amusement park's demolition in 1967, the City of Chicago purchased more than three acres of the Riverview site, and the Chicago Park District transformed the site into parkland in 1979.
Though ownership has never been formally transferred, the park district continues to lease the site. The park grew by another six acres in 1988 when the park district began leasing additional land along the river from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District.
In 1986, the park was officially designated Richard Clark Park in honor of a Chicago police officer killed in the line of duty. Richard Clark (1938-1986) was an 18-year police veteran and member of the nearby Belmont Tactical Unit at the time of his death. Clark was shot and mortally wounded on April 3, 1986, while attempting to rescue a victim wounded by a gunman who had barricaded himself in his north side apartment.
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Tank Rental Inquiry
Indoor Rowing Tank Rental
Chicago's only indoor rowing tank will be availabe for private rental usage by pre-qualified teams and individuals year-round. This Dynamic Propulsion indoor rowing tank, convertible from sweep rowing to sculling is the only one of it's kind in the United States. The tank can accommodate 16 sweep rowers in the outside channels, or 8 sweep rowers or scullers in the center channel.
Tank rental price is $125/hour based upon availability with rentals beginning in November, 2013. Rentals are facilitied through CRF, on behalf of the Chicago Park District.
For a private tour of the tank, or more information, please contact Betsy Trevarthen at 312.636.1239 for more information or to reserve space.
Indoor Erg Room Rental
Indoor Erg Room Rental
The erg room can be rented out to qualified teams and individuals for use of CRF's ergs. There are 48 Concept 2 ergs available for use. Rental opportunities are available year-round.
Erg room rental price is $40 per hour to qualified teams and individuals.
The erg room can also be used as a private party space. For more information about renting the erg room for a private party, please contact the Office of Special Events at the Chicago Park District.
Community Room Rental
Community Room Rental
WMS Boathouse at Clark Park will offer a Community Room, which will be available for private rental usage. Rental opportunities are available year-round.