White (Willye B.) Park

  • 1610 W. Howard   Chicago, Illinois 60626 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Valerie Lyons
  • Park Phone: (773) 262-5051

Located in the Rogers Park community, Willye B. White Park offers a wide variety of programming options within a 3-acre site which includes the Chicago Park District's newest fieldhouse.  Year round the park staff offers programs for patrons of all ages and skill levels.

For youth we have our Inner City Basketball & Baseball program, chess, arts & crafts, Might Fit Kidz fitness program, fencing, gymnastics and tumbling, and moms, pops and tots. For girls only we offer the Go Girls Go and Girls in the Game program. For those interested in music we offer guitar and drumming programs.

Adults can participate in a range of activities, including the affordable state-of-art fitness center and aerobic classes, plus senior stretching! In addition to these programs, Willye B. White Park hosts fun special events for the whole family. Check in with the park staff on a regular basis to see what's going on at the park.

For a complete listing of programs offered at Willye B. White Park go to the program page of our website. We invite you to take a tour of the facility and check out the new fitness center, gymnasium and club room! It's a great space to hold your next special event.

History

In 2008, the Chicago Park District constructed a new field house in Gale School Park and renamed the entire site in honor of five-time Olympian Willye B. White.

Born on Dec. 31, 1939 in Money, Mississippi, Willye B. White was raised by her grandparents in Greenwood, Mississippi. She picked cotton to help support her family but also found time to participate in sports. As a 16-year-old high school sophomore, Willye spent summers training with famed track and field coach Ed Temple at Tennessee State University and soon won a silver medal in the long jump at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. This marked the first time an American woman had won a medal in that event. She went on compete in the next four more consecutive Olympic Games.

After moving to Chicago in 1960, she began a career as a practical nurse and went on to become a public health administrator. In 1991, she founded the Willye White Foundation to help children develop self-esteem and encourage them to become productive citizens. That same year, she began working for the Chicago Park District as Director of Recreation Services, developing important programs such as sports initiatives for young girls in housing projects, the Great American Workout at Buckingham Fountain, a football camp at Soldier Field for boys and girls, and a program to recognize outstanding female athletes in 66 City High Schools.

Throughout her life, Willye B. White received much recognition and many honors. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, honored her humanitarian efforts—selecting her as the first American winner of the Pierre de Coubertin International Fair Play Award. Her impressive list of awards includes the President’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness National Honor Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. She was entered on numerous distinguished lists of athletes including the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Sports Illustrated for Women 100 Greatest Athletes of the Century, and Ebony Magazine named Willye B. White one of the nation’s 10 Greatest Female Athletes.

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White Fieldhouse

White Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 1610 W. Howard

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White Fitness Center

White Fitness Center

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Notes: Sign up for a membership

White Diamond

White Diamond

Location Notes: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

Descriptors: Grass

White Gymnasium

White Gymnasium

Location Notes: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

White Clubroom

White Clubroom

Location Notes: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

White Playground

White PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Summer 2015, Chicago Plays! Renovation Program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Spring Programs

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

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.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at White (WB) 127422Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2015/09/01 20:00From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$123.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
16" Softball at White (Willye B.) 142489InstructionSports - SoftballAt least 9 but less than 13Female2016/04/01 22:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
Basketball League at White (Willye B.) 143071Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 14 but less than 18Coed2016/04/13 22:15From April 13, 2016 to June 8, 2016
Each Wednesday from 5:15pm to 6:15pm
Each Wednesday from 6:15pm to 7:15pm
Each Wednesday from 7:15pm to 8:15pm
$0
Conditioning at White (Willye B.) 143144InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/04/01 00:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:15pm
$12.00
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at White (WB) 143694InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/29 20:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$7.00
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at White (WB) 143939InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 10Coed2016/04/09 15:00From April 9, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at White (WB) 143943InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/04/09 15:00From April 9, 2016 to June 11, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 12:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at White (WB) 144644InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/03/28 20:00From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 2016
Each Monday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 6pm
$41.00
Seasonal Sports at White (Willye B.) 159099InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 14Coed2016/03/28 21:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - Open at White (Willye B.) 159811OpenSports - BasketballAt least 18 but less than 50Coed2016/06/22 00:00From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8:30pm
$0
Football Camp at White (Willye B.) 156780CampsCamps - SportsAt least 11 but less than 14Coed2016/07/26 21:30From July 26, 2016 to August 13, 2016
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
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
$0
Seasonal Sports at White (Willye B.) 159812InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 10 but less than 14Female2016/07/11 21:30From July 11, 2016 to August 28, 2016
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
$0
Sports Camp at White (Willye B.) 158256CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 12Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$30.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at White (WB) 158409Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19Coed2016/07/13 21:00From July 13, 2016 to August 19, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
$0

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Located in the Rogers Park community, Willye B. White Park offers a wide variety of programming options within a 3-acre site which includes the Chicago Park District's newest fieldhouse.  Year round the park staff offers programs for patrons of all ages and skill levels.

For youth we have our Inner City Basketball & Baseball program, chess, arts & crafts, Might Fit Kidz fitness program, fencing, gymnastics and tumbling, and moms, pops and tots. For girls only we offer the Go Girls Go and Girls in the Game program. For those interested in music we offer guitar and drumming programs.

Adults can participate in a range of activities, including the affordable state-of-art fitness center and aerobic classes, plus senior stretching! In addition to these programs, Willye B. White Park hosts fun special events for the whole family. Check in with the park staff on a regular basis to see what's going on at the park.

For a complete listing of programs offered at Willye B. White Park go to the program page of our website. We invite you to take a tour of the facility and check out the new fitness center, gymnasium and club room! It's a great space to hold your next special event.

In 2008, the Chicago Park District constructed a new field house in Gale School Park and renamed the entire site in honor of five-time Olympian Willye B. White.

Born on Dec. 31, 1939 in Money, Mississippi, Willye B. White was raised by her grandparents in Greenwood, Mississippi. She picked cotton to help support her family but also found time to participate in sports. As a 16-year-old high school sophomore, Willye spent summers training with famed track and field coach Ed Temple at Tennessee State University and soon won a silver medal in the long jump at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne, Australia. This marked the first time an American woman had won a medal in that event. She went on compete in the next four more consecutive Olympic Games.

After moving to Chicago in 1960, she began a career as a practical nurse and went on to become a public health administrator. In 1991, she founded the Willye White Foundation to help children develop self-esteem and encourage them to become productive citizens. That same year, she began working for the Chicago Park District as Director of Recreation Services, developing important programs such as sports initiatives for young girls in housing projects, the Great American Workout at Buckingham Fountain, a football camp at Soldier Field for boys and girls, and a program to recognize outstanding female athletes in 66 City High Schools.

Throughout her life, Willye B. White received much recognition and many honors. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, honored her humanitarian efforts—selecting her as the first American winner of the Pierre de Coubertin International Fair Play Award. Her impressive list of awards includes the President’s Council on Health and Physical Fitness National Honor Award and the Women’s Sports Foundation Wilma Rudolph Courage Award. She was entered on numerous distinguished lists of athletes including the National Track and Field Hall of Fame, the Sports Illustrated for Women 100 Greatest Athletes of the Century, and Ebony Magazine named Willye B. White one of the nation’s 10 Greatest Female Athletes.

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