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 17-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

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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
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
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 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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Abs & Core at Ping Tom 227280InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 01:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Adult Swim at Ping Tom 211263OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
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 211366InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 211367InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 211368InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 211369InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 211370InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 211431InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 211432InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Badminton League at Ping Tom 211544Individual_LeagueSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$36.00
Barre Sculpt at Ping Tom 227276InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 14:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 211685OpenSports - Basketball25 and upCoed2018/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2018 to March 11, 2018
Each Sunday from 9am to 11am
$27.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 211684OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2018/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to 12:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 211680OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 13Coed2018/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 211683OpenSports - Basketball18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$45.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 211681OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 19:30From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball at Ping Tom 211789InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2018/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$66.00
Boot Camp at Ping Tom 227277InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 23:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$20.00
Family Swim at Ping Tom 212396OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Sunday from 1:15pm to 2:15pm
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Gymnastics at Ping Tom 212619InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 7Coed2018/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$66.00
Gymnastics at Ping Tom 212620InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 7 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$66.00
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
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 212825OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to April 1, 2018
Each Sunday from 3:15pm to 4pm
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
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 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212955InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212950InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212944InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212945InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212953InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212946InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212947InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212954InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212951InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212948InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 212949InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 213173InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least but less than 3Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$53.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 213262OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Sunday from 2:15pm to 3:15pm
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Monday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 2pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 3:15pm
$0
Pilates at Ping Tom 227278InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Ping Tom 213623InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2018/01/12 21:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$0
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Ping Tom 213816InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2018/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$66.00
Soccer - 3 on 3 at Ping Tom 213817InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$66.00
Tabata at Ping Tom 227281InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Table Tennis - Open at Ping Tom 214029OpenSports - Table Tennis60 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Table Tennis at Ping Tom 214036InstructionSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2018/01/08 19:00From January 8, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 214095InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 23:00From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 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
Tiny Tot Sports at Ping Tom 226653InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 Sports at Ping Tom 226654InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2018/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from Noon to 12:45pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 12:45pm
$45.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ping Tom 214266InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ping Tom 214265InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 214316InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 214317InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 214321InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 214318InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 214319InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ping Tom 214354InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2018 to March 18, 2018
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Tumbling at Ping Tom 214384InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/09 19:00From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 1:45pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$66.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 214461OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2018/01/20 00:30From January 19, 2018 to March 9, 2018
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$54.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 214492InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2018/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$45.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 214493InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2018/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2018 to March 9, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$45.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 227279InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 6:45pm
$20.00
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 17-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.