In the years during and after World War II, the population of Gately Park's Pullman neighborhood increased by more than one third. Established in 1947 on former Pullman Car Company land, Gately Park was part of a ten-year Chicago Park District plan to increase recreational opportunities in under-served Chicago neighborhoods. Park improvements began in 1950 and included a grandstand, locker rooms, and an office building. High school football teams from both the Chicago Public Schools and the Catholic League quickly put the new facilities to use. In 1953, the park was named for James H. Gately (1883-1972), a longtime businessman in the nearby Roseland community, and then President of the Chicago Park District Board of Commissioners. (Gately himself voted against the name change, which broke with tradition by naming the park for a living person.) Appointed Commissioner in 1945, Gately was elected President of the Board in 1946, serving in that position until 1967. During his long tenure, the park district sold $79 million in park improvement bonds, increased the total number of parks from 135 to 430, and expanded overall park acreage to 6,800 acres. In 1959, Gately oversaw the transfer of more than 250 city-owned parks to the Chicago Park District.
• 200 Meter Hydraulically Banked Track
• 3,500 Seat Bleacher Area
• Total of 139,000 sq. feet / 70,000 sq. feet Sporting Use Space
• 2 Long & Triple Jump Pits with 188’ runways
• 2 High Jump Pits
• Pole Vault Pit(s)- 1 in the comparative area; 1 on the warm-up area with a 165’ runways
• Shot Put Area
• 8 Lane 60m Straight Track
• 6 Lane 200 Meter Oval Track
• 4,000 sq. feet of Curtained Warm up Area
• Inside the “field” area of the Track, both Basketball and volleyball nets retract from the ceiling to provide flexible programming and open play times to the public. The field can be divided into the following options at one time:
•Four (4) Basketball Courts, or
•Six (6) Volleyball Courts, or
•Two (2) Basketball Courts and Three (3) Volleyball Courts.
• Hospitality and Ancillary Areas
• A Meet Management Control Room, Multipurpose Rooms, and Gender Specific Locker Rooms
• Dining and Concession Areas: will be open during peak usage hours and during events.
• Free on-site parking lot – 150 cars
The newly built Track & Field Center at Gately Park is a premier facility for indoor track and field events. As the only public facility of its kind in the Midwest, it is a destination for a multitude of special events and competitions. With the high visibility to local patrons and special event attendees, this is the perfect venue for increasing your consumer sales and enhancing your business image. Both permanent and short-term advertising opportunities are available and additional
• Access to over 150,000 customers annually
• Reinforce the value of your local and running sports community
• Demonstrate your commitment to organized youth sports
• Associate your business with a trend setting recreation facility