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 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.   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

Descriptors: Junior, Grass, Has Player Seating

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: Urban Kayaks
 

 

 

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

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

Events

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Open House at Ping Tom

Location: Ping Tom Memorial Park, Chicago, IL  IL

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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 156177OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/06/26 17:00From June 26, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 156988OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/21 00:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Ping Tom 164818OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 10, 2016
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 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 164909InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 184175InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 164910InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 184176InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 164911InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 164965InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Ping Tom 164966InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Badminton - Open at Ping Tom 165068OpenSports - Badminton18 and upCoed2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to December 7, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$32.00
Barre Sculpt at Ping Tom 185305InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 165200OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/25 16:00From September 25, 2016 to December 11, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 185306OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/09/25 17:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 165201OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
$42.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 184699OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/09/20 19:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 165199OpenSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 12Coed2016/09/24 18:30From September 24, 2016 to December 17, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 3:30pm
$0
Basketball at Ping Tom 165300InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/09/20 22:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
$62.00
Basketball at Ping Tom 184698InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
$62.00
Basketball League at Ping Tom 165345Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$156.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 165428InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/20 17:00From September 20, 2016 to November 29, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$62.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 165429InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$62.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 165426InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$62.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 165430InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$62.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 165427InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$62.00
Cardio Beats at Ping Tom 185451InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Family Swim at Ping Tom 165865OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Ping Tom 165914InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$18.00
Flag Football at Ping Tom 165991InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$42.00
Flag Football at Ping Tom 184697InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 22:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$42.00
Floor Hockey at Ping Tom 165990InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 22:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$42.00
Kiddie College at Ping Tom 185510InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to Noon
Each Friday from 10am to Noon
$175.00
Lap Swim at Ping Tom 166710OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to January 8, 2017
Each Sunday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$40.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166837InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 17:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166836InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/25 18:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166845InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/12/19 22:00From December 19, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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 166839InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166840InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 21:00From September 19, 2016 to November 7, 2016
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166833InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166843InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166834InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166835InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166844InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166832InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166841InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166842InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 166838InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 184701InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$50.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 184703InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$50.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 184702InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$50.00
Moms, Pops & Tots Interaction at Ping Tom 184704InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 17, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$50.00
Open Swim at Ping Tom 167172OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
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 185302InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 13:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$18.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 185303InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 13:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:15am
$18.00
Pilates at Ping Tom 185304InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 12:15pm
$18.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 167667InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 5 but less than 8Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to November 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$62.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 167668InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Seasonal Sports at Ping Tom 184705InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 7 but less than 15Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Except the following dates:
Thursday, November 17, 2016
$0
Soccer at Ping Tom 184706InstructionSports - SoccerAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 17:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$0
Table Tennis - Open at Ping Tom 168205OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoed2016/09/21 18:00From September 21, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$32.00
Table Tennis League at Ping Tom 168211Individual_LeagueSports - Table Tennis60 and upCoed2016/09/19 18:00From September 19, 2016 to December 21, 2016
Each Monday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 168256InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 22:00From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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
$28.00
Teen Club at Ping Tom 167924OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 00:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 8pm
$10.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ping Tom 168591InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168649InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/25 15:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168650InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/25 16:00From September 25, 2016 to November 27, 2016
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168646InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168648InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168651InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168647InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 168645InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 168924OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoed2016/09/23 23:30From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$50.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 168948InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/09/23 21:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$42.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 184707InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 11 but less than 15Coed2016/09/23 22:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$42.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 185299InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 12:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 185300InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 185301InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 12:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 7:30am to 8:15am
$18.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 169128InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:15am
$18.00

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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.   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.