Fernwood Park

  • 10436 S. Wallace St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
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  • Park Supervisor: Adam Dunbar
  • Phone: (312) 747-6132

Located in the Washington Heights community, Fernwood Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a spray pool and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, aquatics, senior club, quilting, Jazzercise, and youth and teens’ swim teams. On the cultural side, Fernwood Park offers tiny tot & youth ballet and tap dance. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Tiny Tot Camp.

In addition to programs, Fernwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Senior Black History Month Showcase, the Park Showcase, and a Senior Luncheon.

History

Fernwood Park takes its name from the surrounding area settled by Dutch farmers in the late 19th century. Prior to its annexation to Chicago in 1891, the Village of Fernwood created a pleasure drive between South 95th and 103rd Streets at South Eggleston Avenue. Known as Fernwood Parkway, for years this narrow strip was the neighborhood's only parkland. In the early 1900s, residents were impressed with the superb nearby parks created by the South Park Commission. Fernwood residents lobbied the commission to extend its boundaries into their neighborhood, but their effort failed. Finally, in 1908, the Fernwood and Washington Heights Improvement Association successfully petitioned the county to form the Fernwood Park District. The new park district acquired a 12-acre farm with orchards, barns, and outbuildings. John Algots, the City of Chicago's Superintendent of Parks, created a park plan, transforming the property into a landscape of lawn, trees, shrubs, and a wading pool. A house on the site was remodeled as a fieldhouse, and in 1912, a branch of the Chicago Public Library opened in one of its rooms. In 1919, the citizens of Fernwood donated a World War I veterans' monument. In the 1920s, the remaining park acreage was acquired and additional landscape improvements were made. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. A few years later, the newly-formed park district remodeled Fernwood Park's fieldhouse. Despite this, demands for additional interior space continued. In the mid-1980s, the original building was replaced with a modern fieldhouse, which received a natatorium and swimming pool addition in 1996.

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Fernwood Diamond

Fernwood Diamond

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Fitness Center

Fernwood Fitness Center

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Notes: M-F, 8-7:30pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership

Fernwood Gymnasium

Fernwood Gymnasium

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Clubrooms

Fernwood Clubrooms

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Playground

Fernwood Playground

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Notes: Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Spray Pool

Fernwood Spray Pool

Location: 10436 S. Wallace St.

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 Fernwood 91883InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91887InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91884InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91888InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91886InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91889InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91885InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91890InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91881InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Free
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 91882InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Free
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 91973InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 91974InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 91976InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 91975InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 91972InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Ballet - Beginner at Fernwood 92137InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6FemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Fernwood 92138InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12FemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Basketball at Fernwood 92264InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12MaleFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Free
Basketball League at Fernwood 111359Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMaleFrom September 17, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 2:30pm
$200.00
Bitty Basketball at Fernwood 92403InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$20.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 111360InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 111360InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Dance - Tap at Fernwood 92718InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 92842InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 92841InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:15pm
$16.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 93442InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 93443InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93555InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 15, 2014 to December 1, 2014
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Free
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93561InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Free
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93557InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93562InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93563InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93564InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93569InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Free
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93570InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93571InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93565InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Free
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93567InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93568InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 18, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93572InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoedFrom September 19, 2014 to November 21, 2014
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Free
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93556InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93559InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 93560InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 111361InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 111361InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Open Studio - Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 94251OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$7.00
Park Kids - Fall Session at Fernwood 94047InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to December 19, 2014
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$50.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fernwood 94108Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
Each Monday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 1:45pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 1:45pm to 6pm
$150.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 111357InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood Cancelled94268InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13CoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 3, 2014
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$6.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 94354InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13FemaleFrom September 16, 2014 to December 2, 2014
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Free
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 94355InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16MaleFrom September 18, 2014 to November 27, 2014
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Free
Senior Citizens Club at Fernwood 94468OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoedFrom September 17, 2014 to December 5, 2014
Each Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Each Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm
Free
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 94798InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17CoedFrom September 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 95111InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 95147InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6CoedFrom September 20, 2014 to December 6, 2014
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Fernwood 95476Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18CoedFrom August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
Free
Yoga at Fernwood 111358InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoedFrom September 16, 2014 to December 4, 2014
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00

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Located in the Washington Heights community, Fernwood Park totals 12.33 acres and features a gymnasium, indoor pool, fitness center, and multi-purpose rooms. Outside, the park offers baseball and soccer fields, basketball and tennis courts, a spray pool and playground. Many of these spaces are available for rental including our gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms and fields.

Park-goers can participate in the Park Kids after school program, seasonal sports, aquatics, senior club, quilting, Jazzercise, and youth and teens’ swim teams. On the cultural side, Fernwood Park offers tiny tot & youth ballet and tap dance. During the summer, youth attend the Chicago Park District’s popular six-week day camp.Specialty camps are offered in the summer as well, and include Tiny Tot Camp.

In addition to programs, Fernwood Park hosts fun special events throughout the year for the entire family including Senior Black History Month Showcase, the Park Showcase, and a Senior Luncheon.

 

FACILITIES

FACILITY TYPE ADDRESS DESCRIPTOR QTY NOTES
Baseball Field 10436 S. Wallace St. 2
Basketball Court - Outdoor 10436 S. Wallace St. 4
Fieldhouse 10436 S. Wallace St. 0
Fitness Centers 10436 S. Wallace St. 1 M-F, 8-7:30pm; Sa, 9-4:30pm; Su, Closed. Sign up for a membership
Gymnasiums 10436 S. Wallace St. 1
Meeting/Event Space 10436 S. Wallace St. 3
Playgrounds 10436 S. Wallace St. 1 Chicago Plays Renovation - Fall 2013
Swimming Pools 10436 S. Wallace St. 0
Tennis Courts 10436 S. Wallace St. 4
Water Playgrounds 10436 S. Wallace St. 1
Water Spray Features 10436 S. Wallace St. 1
Fernwood Park takes its name from the surrounding area settled by Dutch farmers in the late 19th century. Prior to its annexation to Chicago in 1891, the Village of Fernwood created a pleasure drive between South 95th and 103rd Streets at South Eggleston Avenue. Known as Fernwood Parkway, for years this narrow strip was the neighborhood's only parkland. In the early 1900s, residents were impressed with the superb nearby parks created by the South Park Commission. Fernwood residents lobbied the commission to extend its boundaries into their neighborhood, but their effort failed. Finally, in 1908, the Fernwood and Washington Heights Improvement Association successfully petitioned the county to form the Fernwood Park District. The new park district acquired a 12-acre farm with orchards, barns, and outbuildings. John Algots, the City of Chicago's Superintendent of Parks, created a park plan, transforming the property into a landscape of lawn, trees, shrubs, and a wading pool. A house on the site was remodeled as a fieldhouse, and in 1912, a branch of the Chicago Public Library opened in one of its rooms. In 1919, the citizens of Fernwood donated a World War I veterans' monument. In the 1920s, the remaining park acreage was acquired and additional landscape improvements were made. In 1934, the city's 22 independent park commissions were consolidated into the Chicago Park District. A few years later, the newly-formed park district remodeled Fernwood Park's fieldhouse. Despite this, demands for additional interior space continued. In the mid-1980s, the original building was replaced with a modern fieldhouse, which received a natatorium and swimming pool addition in 1996.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.