Ping Tom Memorial Park is a neighborhood park in Chinatown along the Chicago River. This 17-acre park is a reclaimed rail yard site that was transformed into a green space amenity for the community inspired by and honoring Chinese culture.
Excerpt from Chicago Park District
Ping Tom Park was once the hidden jewel of the Chicago Park District but has become the favorite park of people not only from Chinatown but from South Loop, east Pilsen and throughout Chicago.
Ping Tom Memorial Park’s 17.44-acre site was originally a Chicago and Western Indiana Railroad yard located along the edge of the South Branch of the Chicago River in the Armour Square Community. In 1998, the Chicago Park District began transforming the old railyard into a beautiful rolling green space, taking full advantage of the impressive river views. Today, Ping Tom Memorial Park holds a children’s playground, community gathering areas and Chinese landscape design elements [...] the park offers an athletic field, walking paths by the river, and a boat house.