Chicago’s new Gately Park facility: MONDO will provide the first variable hydraulic banked track of Illinois
The first public track and field venue of the city will host a 200 m eight lane Mondo track.
When Gately Indoor Track & Field opens in Chicago’s historic Pullman neighborhood, it will make some history of its own: it will be the city’s first public indoor track and field venue; and it will be the first facility in Illinois with a hydraulic banked track.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly have both praised the venue, which is now under construction in CPD’s Gately Park, and have highlighted the benefits it will bring to the Pullman neighborhood. “The indoor track at Gately Park will create much-needed opportunities for the Pullman and Roseland communities to stay safe, to stay engaged and to stay on track to a brighter future,” Emanuel said in a statement when the project was announced in 2017.
Scheduled to open in 2020, the 134,000-square-foot facility will have an 8-lane sprint track and space for other track and field events, including hurdles, shot put, and long jump. It will seat 3,500 fans and will be able to host other sports, including basketball, volleyball, lacrosse and football. In addition, the venue has been chosen to serve as the new base for the local nonprofit After School Matters, which offers extracurricular and mentorship programs for thousands of Chicago high school students.
The new track has been designed and manufactured by MONDO and its installation will be supervised by MONDO historical partner, Kiefer U.S.A.
( Rending of Gately Indoor Track & Field. Photo by Williams Architects )