Fernwood Park

  • 10436 S. Wallace St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
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  • Park Supervisor: Adam Dunbar
  • Park 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.

Parking/Directions

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Fernwood Diamond

Fernwood Diamond

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

McGlother “Mac” Irvin Basketball Courts

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Fernwood Fieldhouse

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

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Fernwood Fitness Center

Fernwood Fitness Center

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Fernwood Gymnasium

Fernwood Gymnasium

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Clubrooms

Fernwood Clubrooms

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Playground

Fernwood PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Play! Renovation program

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

Fernwood Park Pool

Fernwood Park PoolAccessible (1)

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

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Phone: (312)747-6164

Descriptors: Indoor, ADA Lift, Zero Depth Entry/Ramp

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Fernwood Tennis Courts

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Fernwood Water Play Area Indoors

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Spray Pool

Fernwood Spray Pool

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22. See our offerings in the Summer tab below - click on the program name links to register now. Registration is on-going while spots are available. 

  

 

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

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
Adult Swim at Fernwood 164814OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/09/19 17:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 2pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164861InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 14:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164865InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/19 16:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164862InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164866InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/20 16:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164864InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 14:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164867InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164863InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 14:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164868InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/22 16:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164859InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 14:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 164860InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/09/23 16:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 164951InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 164952InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Fernwood 165086InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$22.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Fernwood 165108InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Female2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$22.00
Baseball at Fernwood 165120InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$21.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 165334Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/09/21 23:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$208.00
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 165370InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2016/09/22 22:00From September 22, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 165371InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2016/09/24 14:30From September 24, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 165442InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/20 23:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$18.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 165857OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/09/19 23:30From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 165899InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 23:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 166606InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/09/22 22:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166749InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/19 15:00From September 19, 2016 to November 21, 2016
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166754InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166756InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 20:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166757InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/20 21:30From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166761InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/21 15:00From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166762InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 20:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166763InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/21 21:30From September 21, 2016 to November 23, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166758InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/22 15:00From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166759InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 20:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166760InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/22 21:30From September 22, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166764InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/09/23 15:00From September 23, 2016 to November 25, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166750InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/09/24 14:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166752InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 17:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 166753InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/24 18:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 166942InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2016/09/21 16:00From September 21, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$27.00
Mighty Fit Kids at Fernwood 185498InstructionWellness - FitnessAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/20 22:00From September 20, 2016 to November 22, 2016
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$15.00
Open Studio - Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 167162OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2016/09/20 14:00From September 20, 2016 to December 10, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$9.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 167167OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/09/19 19:00From September 19, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Fall at Fernwood 167281InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 18:45From September 6, 2016 to December 23, 2016
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
$52.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fernwood 167350Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/06 18:45From September 6, 2016 to June 16, 2017$156.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood Cancelled167643InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/21 21:00From September 21, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$14.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 167744InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2016/09/20 21:00From September 20, 2016 to December 6, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 167745InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Male2016/09/22 21:00From September 22, 2016 to December 1, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 167940OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/09/19 13:00From September 19, 2016 to December 9, 2016
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 168244InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/09/19 21:30From September 19, 2016 to January 6, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 168575InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/09/24 15:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 168615InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/09/24 16:00From September 24, 2016 to November 26, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 169017Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/09/02 22:00From September 2, 2016 to December 31, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 169103InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/09/20 15:30From September 20, 2016 to December 8, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$27.00
Youth Swim at Fernwood 169188OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/09/19 20:30From September 19, 2016 to November 24, 2016
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$0

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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.

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.