Ping Tom Memorial Park

  • 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Farah Tunks
  • 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 he 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 impressive river views. The park has 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.  For details on hours of operation, please visit www.urbankayaks.com.

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, 2 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men;s women and family locker rooms, 2nd story outdoor patio with skyline views, green roof top, elevator and full service kitchen.
 

 

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.

Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location: 300 W. 19th Street

Notes: public dock & kayak rental: Urban Kayaks

Fieldhouse

FieldhouseAccessible

Location: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Location: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: M-F 9am – 9pm; Sa 9am – 5pm; Su closed

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Location: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Location: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: Two community rooms and a second story outdoor patio with skyline views

Events

Summer Programs

Our traditional 6-week summer camp program runs June 23 through August 1. Most other summer programs run the week of June 16 through the week of August 18.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

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
Aquatic Exercise Level II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 87238InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Free
Aquatic Exercise Level II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 87239InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Free
Badminton at Ping Tom 86384Individual_LeagueSports - Badminton18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 22, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 86393OpenSports - Basketball3 and upCoedFrom June 22, 2014 to August 24, 2014
Each Sunday from 1pm to 3pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 86403OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 86386OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 86404OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$10.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 86385OpenSports - Basketball3 and upCoedFrom June 21, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 4pm
Free
Cardio Dance at Ping Tom 87014InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Cardio Dance at Ping Tom 87016InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
CPD Swim Club at Ping Tom 87265InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Monday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 7pm
$75.00
Day Camp at Ping Tom 86394CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$315.00
Early Bird Camp at Ping Tom 86395CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$100.00
Early Bird Camp at Ping Tom 86398CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$50.00
Extended Camp at Ping Tom 86396CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$100.00
Family Swim at Ping Tom 87260OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Free
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 86399CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom August 4, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$100.00
Late Summer Camp at Ping Tom 86400CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 15CoedFrom August 11, 2014 to August 15, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 4pm
Each Friday from 9am to 4pm
$100.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87249InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 29, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87242InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 25, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87244InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 24, 2014 to August 26, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87245InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 25, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87246InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 26, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87247InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 27, 2014 to August 29, 2014
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87248InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 87250InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 28, 2014 to August 30, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 87253OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 3:30pm
Free
Open Swim at Ping Tom 87254OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoedFrom June 14, 2014 to August 31, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 3:45pm to 4:45pm
Free
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 87008InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 22, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 87005InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to July 15, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 87007InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to July 17, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Personal Training at Ping Tom 87009InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom July 24, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Table Tennis at Ping Tom 86387OpenSports - Table Tennis60 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 20, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Free
Table Tennis League at Ping Tom 86388Individual_LeagueSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoedFrom June 18, 2014 to August 27, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$20.00
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 87252InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 13, 2014 to September 1, 2014
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
$28.00
Teen Camp at Ping Tom 86397CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 13 but less than 15CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$115.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 87011InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 17, 2014 to August 19, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 87012InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 19, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00

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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 he 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 impressive river views. The park has 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.  For details on hours of operation, please visit www.urbankayaks.com.

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, 2 meeting rooms, a state-of-the-art fitness center, men;s women and family locker rooms, 2nd story outdoor patio with skyline views, green roof top, elevator and full service kitchen.
 

 

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Boat House 300 W. 19th Street 1 public dock & kayak rental: Urban Kayaks
Fieldhouse 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. 1 M-F 9am – 9pm; Sa 9am – 5pm; Su closed
Gymnasiums 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. 3 Two community rooms and a second story outdoor patio with skyline views
Swimming Pools 1700 S. Wentworth Ave. 0
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.