Ping Tom Memorial Park

  • 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: Brandon Cotton
  • Park Phone: (312) 225-3121

Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in the Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of the impressive river views. Today, Ping Tom Memorial Park holds a children's playground, community gathering areas and Chinese landscape design elements.

In June of 2013, the Chicago Park District opened a new boat house in Ping Tom Park. The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season 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.  

In 2002, the District acquired 4.98 acres from the RR (Burlington Northern / Santa Fe) north of 18th Street and west of Wentworth. Following community planning meetings it was determined that a new field house and athletic ball field would be constructed on the new acreage. In 2004 the athletic field was completed.

In October, 2013, the Ping Tom Memorial Park fieldhouse was completed and opened to the public. The fieldhouse offers the community, a multi-purpose gymnasium, 9ft. deep zero depth entry indoor swimming pool, two meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men's women and family locker rooms, second story outdoor patio with skyline views, green rooftop, elevator and full service kitchen. In 2015, the fieldhouse was named in honor of the late Advisory Council President Leonard Louie.

History

The Chicago Park District acquired the site for Ping Tom Memorial Park in 1991. For years, its surrounding Chinatown community had suffered a total lack of open space and recreational facilities. The only nearby parks, Hardin Square and Stanford Park, had been demolished 30 years earlier to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Two full generations of children in Chinatown grew up without access to a neighborhood park or any recreational area. Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements. The park was named in honor of the leading force behind its creation, Chinatown's most noted civic leader, Ping Tom (1935-1995). A lifelong resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom formed the Chinese American Development Corporation in 1984. The private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard site into Chinatown Square, a $100 million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown. Active in numerous prominent civic and cultural institutions, Ping Tom was also an advisor to U.S. senators, Illinois governors, and Chicago mayors. In 2002, the Chicago Park District acquired 5 additional acres on the northeast side of the park. Landscape improvements to the expanded area of Ping Tom Memorial Park will soon follow.

Parking/Directions

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

Stone Talk

Stone Talk (1)

Location Notes: SE Field House lawn

Descriptors: Outdoor, Sculpture, Temporary

Ping Tom Diamond

Ping Tom Diamond

Notes: Youth only

Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location Notes: Enter at 300 W. 19th Street

Notes:

Has river access. Water taxi stop April - October.  Kayak rental:  REI

Descriptors: Has Restroom

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Location: 300 W. 19th St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)965-2113

Notes: www.urbankayaks.com

Descriptors: Water Recreation Rental

Leonard M. Louie Fieldhouse

Leonard M. Louie FieldhouseAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes: Has family locker room

Descriptors: Has Air Conditioning, Has Locker Room, Has Showers, Has Wi-fi

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Ping Tom Fitness CenterAccessible

Hours: , ,

Notes:

Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Ping Tom GymnasiumAccessible

Notes: Scoreboard available upon request. Volleyball nets available upon request. Court is marked for badminton, volleyball & basketball. Room can be used as one large gym or two smaller gyms (total of six rims).

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Notes: Two community rooms separate with a capacity of 50 each, combined have a capacity of 80. Sink included in one.

Ping Tom Playground

Ping Tom PlaygroundAccessible

Descriptors: Rubberized Surface

Ping Tom Pool

Ping Tom PoolAccessible (1)

Hours: , ,

Phone: (312)225-0955

Notes: Has standing blocks

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Stairs, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp, Has Spectator Seating

9/11 - 12/10 | Ping Tom Park Pool - Fall Schedule

Notice Valid From: 8/9/2017 - 12/11/2017

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 2017.

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
Adult Swim at Ping Tom 204843OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 3:15pm to 4:15pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 204951InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 204954InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 204952InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 204955InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 204953InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 205007InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 205008InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Badminton - Open at Ping Tom 205105OpenSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to November 29, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$34.00
Barre Sculpt at Ping Tom 205158InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
Barre Sculpt at Ping Tom 207225InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 13:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$19.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 222011OpenSports - Basketball25 and upMale2017/09/17 14:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
$26.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205260OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2017/09/17 17:00From September 17, 2017 to November 19, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205257OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2017 to December 3, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 4pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205262OpenSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/12/04 22:30From December 4, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205261OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2017/11/28 00:30From November 27, 2017 to December 28, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$44.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205258OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$44.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205259OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2017/09/12 19:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 205256OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2017/09/16 18:30From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball at Ping Tom 205360InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$65.00
Basketball at Ping Tom 205361InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$65.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 205510InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to November 21, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
$65.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 205511InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 9:45am
$65.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 205508InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 10:45am
$65.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 205512InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$65.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 205509InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$65.00
Boot Camp at Ping Tom 206011InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$19.00
Cross Country at Ping Tom 222010InstructionSports - Track & FieldAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$40.00
Family Swim at Ping Tom 205965OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/12 17:00From September 12, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Flag Football at Ping Tom 206040InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$44.00
Floor Hockey at Ping Tom 206099InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 22:30From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$44.00
Kiddie College - Fall at Ping Tom 206478InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$184.00
Kiddie College - Fall Winter Spring at Ping Tom 222003Activity_PackageEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to June 8, 2018$552.00
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 206507OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 31, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Sunday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206636InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/17 18:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom Cancelled206645InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/12/11 22:00From December 11, 2017 to December 15, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206639InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206640InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206633InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206643InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206634InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206635InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206644InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206632InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206641InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206642InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 206638InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 206866InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 206867InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to November 9, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 206974OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Pilates at Ping Tom 207224InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 13:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$19.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 207226InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$19.00
POUND at Ping Tom 205585InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$23.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 207324InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2017/09/11 20:30From September 11, 2017 to November 20, 2017
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$65.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 207325InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to November 27, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$23.00
Seasonal Sports at Ping Tom 207453InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 20:30From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Ping Tom 224266OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs55 and upCoed2017/09/11 13:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
Soccer at Ping Tom 207701InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 18:00From September 12, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$65.00
Table Tennis - Open at Ping Tom 207889OpenSports - Table Tennis60 and upCoed2017/12/15 19:00From December 15, 2017 to December 29, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Table Tennis - Open at Ping Tom 207888OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2017/09/13 18:00From September 13, 2017 to December 13, 2017
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$34.00
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 207948InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 22:00From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Monday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Ping Tom 207997OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/09/15 23:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7pm
$0
Tiny Tot Sports at Ping Tom 222009InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Friday from Noon to 12:45pm
$63.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ping Tom 208128InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208186InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/17 15:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208187InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/17 16:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208183InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208185InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208188InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208184InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 208182InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ping Tom 224357InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/17 19:00From September 17, 2017 to December 10, 2017
Each Sunday from 2pm to 3pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ping Tom 206041InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2017/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ping Tom 222008InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/14 17:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$63.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 208430OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2017/09/15 23:30From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$53.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 208453InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/09/15 21:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$44.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 208454InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2017/09/15 22:00From September 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$44.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 208679InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 12:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$19.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 208680InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$19.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 208681InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 12:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$19.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 208678InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$19.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Winter at Ping Tom 212799InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$184.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Kiddie College - Spring at Ping Tom 218677InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2018 to June 8, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$184.00

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Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in the Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of the impressive river views. Today, Ping Tom Memorial Park holds a children's playground, community gathering areas and Chinese landscape design elements.

In June of 2013, the Chicago Park District opened a new boat house in Ping Tom Park. The boat house offers kayak rentals during the summer season 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.  

In 2002, the District acquired 4.98 acres from the RR (Burlington Northern / Santa Fe) north of 18th Street and west of Wentworth. Following community planning meetings it was determined that a new field house and athletic ball field would be constructed on the new acreage. In 2004 the athletic field was completed.

In October, 2013, the Ping Tom Memorial Park fieldhouse was completed and opened to the public. The fieldhouse offers the community, a multi-purpose gymnasium, 9ft. deep zero depth entry indoor swimming pool, two meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men's women and family locker rooms, second story outdoor patio with skyline views, green rooftop, elevator and full service kitchen. In 2015, the fieldhouse was named in honor of the late Advisory Council President Leonard Louie.

The Chicago Park District acquired the site for Ping Tom Memorial Park in 1991. For years, its surrounding Chinatown community had suffered a total lack of open space and recreational facilities. The only nearby parks, Hardin Square and Stanford Park, had been demolished 30 years earlier to make way for the Dan Ryan Expressway. Two full generations of children in Chinatown grew up without access to a neighborhood park or any recreational area. Ping Tom Memorial Park's 12-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old rail-yard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of impressive river views. The park has a children's playground, community gathering areas, and Chinese landscape design elements. The park was named in honor of the leading force behind its creation, Chinatown's most noted civic leader, Ping Tom (1935-1995). A lifelong resident of Chinatown, Ping Tom formed the Chinese American Development Corporation in 1984. The private real estate firm transformed a 32-acre rail yard site into Chinatown Square, a $100 million dollar residential and commercial expansion of Chinatown. Active in numerous prominent civic and cultural institutions, Ping Tom was also an advisor to U.S. senators, Illinois governors, and Chicago mayors. In 2002, the Chicago Park District acquired 5 additional acres on the northeast side of the park. Landscape improvements to the expanded area of Ping Tom Memorial Park will soon follow.

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