Located in the Bridgeport community, Park No. 571 totals 3.06 acres and contains a two-building boathouse facility with a seating area, rowing training and boat storage.
The first building is 5,832 square feet and features a mechanically heated training facility with an open plan for a ergometer workout space, including 57 “erg” machines. These machines simulate the action of rowing and measure work output. This facility also contains a multi-purpose community room, main office and restrooms.
The boat storage building is 13,171 square feet and includes a rowing office, four team storage bays, a heated boat storage repair bay, vending area and a clear span boat storage space that includes five unheated boat storage bays to store 66 rowing shells and support equipment.
Park No. 571 also features site improvements including a floating boat launch dock in the Chicago River, walkways, new lighting, outdoor fitness equipment, installation of landscape plantings and eight parking spaces. There is acess to Wi-Fi both indoor and outdoor areas.
The Chicago Park District is reclaiming the Chicago River as a major system of parks and water-based recreation for all Chicagoans with the creation of four new boathouses and river launches. The first two boathouses opened in 2013 (Ping Tom and Clark Street). The third location at River Park was completed in 2014. The forth planned boathouse is at Park 571 (2754 S. Eleanor).