Ping Tom Memorial Park

  • 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.   Chicago, Illinois 60616 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Farah Tunks
  • 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.
 

 

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

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Ping Tom Boathouse

Ping Tom Boathouse

Location Notes: 300 W. 19th Street

Notes: public dock & kayak rental: Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Ping Tom Park - Urban Kayaks

Location: 300 W. 19th St.

Hours: ,

Phone: (312)965-2113

Notes:

www.urbankayaks.com

Fieldhouse

FieldhouseAccessible

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Hours: , ,

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Ping Tom Fitness Center

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: M-F 9am – 9pm; Sa 9am – 5pm; Su closed

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Ping Tom Gymnasium

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Ping Tom Community Rooms

Location Notes: 1700 S. Wentworth Ave.

Notes: Two community rooms and a second story outdoor patio with skyline views

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.
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  • 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
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 111686InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 91955InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Ping Tom 91956InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Badminton at Ping Tom 92096InstructionSports - BadmintonAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$60.00
Badminton Open at Ping Tom 92097OpenSports - Badminton18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Wednesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 111769OpenSports - Basketball3 and upCoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to 1pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 92311OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom October 14, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 92312OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Each Thursday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 92313OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom October 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Free
Basketball - Open at Ping Tom 111768OpenSports - Basketball3 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 13, 2014
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
Free
Basketball at Ping Tom 92316Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$150.00
Basketball at Ping Tom 92317Team_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
$150.00
Basketball at Ping Tom 92310InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$60.00
Basketball at Ping Tom 92314Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upFemaleFrom October 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$200.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 92315InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 25, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 92423InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$60.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 111764InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$60.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 92424InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$60.00
Bitty Basketball at Ping Tom 111765InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 5 but less than 8CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to November 22, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$60.00
Cardio Dance at Ping Tom 110929InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 10:45am
$12.00
Fitness Bootcamp at Ping Tom 110938InstructionWellness - Fitness16 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$16.00
Floor Hockey at Ping Tom 92945InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$60.00
Floor Hockey at Ping Tom 92946InstructionSports - Floor HockeyAt least 8 but less than 13MaleFrom September 15, 2014 to November 26, 2014
Each Monday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$60.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 111697InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 112145InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 93634InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 93635InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 111694InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 111695InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 111696InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 111688InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 93636InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 13 but less than 17CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 93637InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 93638InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Ping Tom 112146InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 12CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Moms Pops and Tots Yoga at Ping Tom 110935InstructionWellness - YogaAt least 3 but less than 5CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 12:15pm to 1pm
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 94286InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 5 but less than 8CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$60.00
Recreational Tumbling at Ping Tom 94287InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$20.00
Senior Citizens Club at Ping Tom 94477OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 18, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 11am
Each Thursday from 9am to 11am
Free
Small Group Training at Ping Tom 110941InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to October 21, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Small Group Training at Ping Tom 110942InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom November 4, 2014 to December 9, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:15pm to 5:15pm
$25.00
Table Tennis at Ping Tom 94754OpenSports - Table Tennis18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Table Tennis League at Ping Tom 94753Individual_LeagueSports - Table Tennis60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 17, 2014
Each Monday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 1:30pm to 3pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Ping Tom 94810InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Ping Tom 95212InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 111700InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Ping Tom 111701InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ping Tom 111703InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 21, 2014 to December 7, 2014
Each Sunday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level III at Ping Tom 111702InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 95411OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 19CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$40.00
Volleyball - Open at Ping Tom 95412OpenSports - Volleyball18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 7:30pm to 8:30pm
$40.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 95410InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$40.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 111766InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 8 but less than 13CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$40.00
Volleyball at Ping Tom 111767InstructionSports - VolleyballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$40.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 110939InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:45pm to 7:45pm
$16.00
Yoga at Ping Tom 110932InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$16.00

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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.
 

 

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.