White (Willye B.) Park

  • 1610 W. Howard   Chicago, Illinois 60626 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Valerie Lyons
  • 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.

Parking/Directions

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

White Fieldhouse

White Fieldhouse

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

White Fitness Center

White Fitness Center

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

Notes: M-F 9am – 9pm; Sa 9am – 5pm; Su closed. ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership

White Diamond

White Diamond

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

White Gymnasium

White Gymnasium

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

White Clubroom

White Clubroom

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

Notes: Clubroom

White Playground

White Playground

Location: 7631 N. Ashland Ave.

Fall Programs

Click on the fall tab below to view our park's offerings.
Programs run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.

Registration dates for our park are listed below.
Go here to check registration dates for other parks. 

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 9, 2014.

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
Fitness Boot Camp at White (Willye B.) 88483InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Football Camp at White (Willye B.) 82545CampsCamps - SportsAt least 8 but less than 14CoedFrom July 21, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Monday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 5pm
Free
Sports Camp at White (Willye B.) 83311CampsCamps - SportsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom June 23, 2014 to August 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 3pm
Each Friday from 9am to 3pm
$25.00
Teen Sports League - Basketball at White (WillyeB) 83463Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 16 but less than 19CoedFrom July 1, 2014 to August 8, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 8pm
Free
Wheel Gymnastics at White (Willye B.) 83629InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom August 5, 2014 to August 28, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 6pm
Free
Wheel Gymnastics at White (Willye B.) 83630InstructionGymnastics - Recreational18 and upCoedFrom July 31, 2014 to August 21, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Wheel Gymnastics at White (Willye B.) 83628InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 4 but less than 6CoedFrom August 2, 2014 to August 23, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
Free
Yoga/Pilates at White (Willye B.) 88484InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom June 16, 2014 to August 18, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$12.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Basketball - 3 on 3 League at White (Willye B.) 110789Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 5, 2014 to December 12, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$50.00
Basketball - Open at White (Willye B.) 110792OpenSports - BasketballAt least 40 but less than 75FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 7pm to 8pm
Free
Fitness Boot Camp at White (Willye B.) 111632InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:15pm
$12.00
Fitness Boot Camp at White (Willye B.) 110787InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm
$10.00
Fitness Combo at White (Willye B.) 110785InstructionWellness - Nutrition55 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Free
Gym Wheel - Beginner Partnership at White (WB) 95462InstructionCulture and Arts - TheaterAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$5.00
Gym Wheel Partnership at White (Willye B.) 95463InstructionGymnastics - Recreational18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$10.00
Junior Bear Cheerleading at White (Willye B.) 93415InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Junior Bear Football - Pee Wee at White (Willye B) 112008InstructionSports - FootballAt least 8 but less than 11CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to October 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
Free
Junior Bear Football - Varsity at White (Willye B) 112009InstructionSports - FootballAt least 11 but less than 15CoedFrom August 12, 2014 to October 25, 2014
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
Each Saturday from 10am to Noon
Free
Kiddie College at White (Willye B.) 110791InstructionEarly Childhood - RecreationAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Monday from 1:15pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from 12:15pm to 1pm
Each Thursday from 1:15pm to 2pm
$10.00
Low Impact Aerobics at White (Willye B.) 110790InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$5.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at White (Willye B) 94095InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
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
$40.00
Seasonal Sports at White (Willye B.) 110786InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5:30pm
Free
Volleyball - Open at White (Willye B.) 110788OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8:30pm
Free
Yoga at White (Willye B.) 111631InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$12.00

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Description

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.




 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Fieldhouse 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 0
Fitness Centers 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 1 M-F 9am – 9pm; Sa 9am – 5pm; Su closed. ADA accessible equipment Sign up for a membership
Football / Soccer 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 1
Gymnasiums 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 1
Meeting/Event Space 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 1 Clubroom
Playgrounds 7631 N. Ashland Ave. 1

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.