After School Matters – Gately Park
Chicago Park District’s first public indoor track and field complex is officially headed to the city’s Pullman neighborhood. Known as the Gately Indoor Track & Field, the 139,000-square-foot development is located at 744 E.103rd Street. After School Matters in concert with Eckenhoff Saunders created a new 24,000 square foot program space adjacent to the new fieldhouse.
Access to the athletic and recreational facilities provides ASM students with a unique opportunity for expanded wellness programming. The project was designed using input from After School Matters students as well as staff and faculty obtained in a series of formal and informal programming and outreach sessions by Eckenhoff Saunders.
These sessions assured true responsiveness to student needs and program goals. This facility includes space for arts and technology programs including dedicated spaces for music, dance, and culinary arts. These and additional flex studios will surround a two-story daylit atrium with amphitheater seating and student-designed mosaics.
ASM has significant administrative staff on-site to serve the facility and to act as a hub for ASM programs on the south side of the City. To take advantage of the green park setting, ASM Gately Park includes an outdoor rooftop area for both programmed and unprogrammed student use. The project has been designed to receive LEED certification.