White (Edward H.) Park

  • 1120 W. 122nd St.   Chicago, Illinois 60643 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: ,
  • Park Hours:
  • Park Supervisor: TBD
  • Phone: (312) 747-7106

Located in the Whither-Height neighborhood, Edward H. White Park totals 4.6 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers three softball diamonds, two tennis courts, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aerobics and arts & crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Edward H. White Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

History

In 1968, the Chicago Park District, the Board of Education, and the Public Building Commission began developing a jointly-operated school and park in the growing far south side West Pullman community. Plans provided for a new school building, as well as a separate fieldhouse that would serve as the high school's gymnasium during school hours and accommodate park programs during evenings and weekends. By 1972, playground equipment, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, and plantings surrounded the two structures.In 1990, the park district replanted the landscape and installed a new soft surface playground. Early the following year, the Board of Education formally acquired the property from the park district, which now leases White Park.

Both the park and the adjacent school honor American astronaut Edward H. White (1930-1967). Born in San Antonio, Texas, White graduated from the U.S. Military Academy before becoming a fighter pilot. In 1958, he entered the University of Michigan's Air Force Institute of Technology, and four years later became one of nine people chosen to enter NASA's astronaut training program. Several years later, White was chosen to fly the first long-duration space flight. During the June 1965 Gemini IV flight, White became the first American to walk in space. Not long thereafter, NASA officials selected White as senior pilot for the first Apollo mission. Tragically, White and fellow crewmen Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee died in a launchpad fire at Cape Canaveral on January 27, 1967.

Parking/Directions

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White (Edward H.) Baseball

White (Edward H.) Baseball

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Basketball

White (Edward H.) Basketball

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Fieldhouse

White (Edward H.) Fieldhouse

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Foottball/Soccer

White (Edward H.) Foottball/Soccer

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Gymnasium

White (Edward H.) Gymnasium

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Playground

White (Edward H.) Playground

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.)Tennis Court

White (Edward H.)Tennis Court

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

White (Edward H.) Spray Pool

White (Edward H.) Spray Pool

Location: 1120 W. 122nd Street

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Located in the Whither-Height neighborhood, Edward H. White Park totals 4.6 acres and features a gymnasium. Outside, the park offers three softball diamonds, two tennis courts, and a playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium.

Park-goers can participate in seasonal sports, aerobics and arts & crafts. After school programs are offered throughout the school year, and in the summer youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.

In addition to programs, Edward H. White Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 1120 W. 122nd Street 3
Basketball Court - Outdoor 1120 W. 122nd Street 4
Fieldhouse 1120 W. 122nd Street 0
Football / Soccer 1120 W. 122nd Street 1
Gymnasiums 1120 W. 122nd Street 1
Playgrounds 1120 W. 122nd Street 1
Tennis Courts 1120 W. 122nd Street 2
Water Spray Features 1120 W. 122nd Street 1
In 1968, the Chicago Park District, the Board of Education, and the Public Building Commission began developing a jointly-operated school and park in the growing far south side West Pullman community. Plans provided for a new school building, as well as a separate fieldhouse that would serve as the high school's gymnasium during school hours and accommodate park programs during evenings and weekends. By 1972, playground equipment, baseball diamonds, basketball and tennis courts, and plantings surrounded the two structures.In 1990, the park district replanted the landscape and installed a new soft surface playground. Early the following year, the Board of Education formally acquired the property from the park district, which now leases White Park.

Both the park and the adjacent school honor American astronaut Edward H. White (1930-1967). Born in San Antonio, Texas, White graduated from the U.S. Military Academy before becoming a fighter pilot. In 1958, he entered the University of Michigan's Air Force Institute of Technology, and four years later became one of nine people chosen to enter NASA's astronaut training program. Several years later, White was chosen to fly the first long-duration space flight. During the June 1965 Gemini IV flight, White became the first American to walk in space. Not long thereafter, NASA officials selected White as senior pilot for the first Apollo mission. Tragically, White and fellow crewmen Virgil "Gus" Grissom and Roger Chaffee died in a launchpad fire at Cape Canaveral on January 27, 1967.

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