Fernwood Park

  • 10436 S. Wallace St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
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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

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

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.

Hours: , ,

Fernwood Fitness Center

Fernwood Fitness Center

Location Notes: 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 Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Clubrooms

Fernwood Clubrooms

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Fernwood Playground

Fernwood Playground

Location Notes: 10436 S. Wallace St.

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Play! Renovation program

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

See our offerings in the Summer tab below.  The standard 6-week day camp runs June 29 - August 7. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 15 and run through the week of August 17. Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Fall Programs

Fall programs start the week of September 14 and run through the week of November 30.
View programs online beginning Monday, July 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 8, 2015.

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 120014OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/06/15 12:00From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Friday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 117943InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/15 13:30From June 15, 2015 to August 17, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 117944InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/16 13:30From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 117946InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/17 13:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 117945InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/18 13:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 117942InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/06/19 13:30From June 19, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 118016InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/16 23:00From June 16, 2015 to August 18, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 118027InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:00From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
$30.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 131306Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/06/17 23:30From June 17, 2015 to August 19, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$204.00
Day Camp at Fernwood 118377CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 15:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$188.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 118501CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 13:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$103.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 133615CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 13:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$35.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 133616CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 21:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$35.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 118584CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/06/29 21:00From June 29, 2015 to August 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$103.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 118734OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/15 23:00From June 15, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 119041InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 23:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$17.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 119243InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/06/18 22:30From June 18, 2015 to August 20, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$13.00
Late Summer Camp at Fernwood 133614CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$60.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 119548InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 16:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 119549InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/20 17:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 120027OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/06/13 18:15From June 13, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 120768OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/06/20 15:00From June 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Adult Swim at Fernwood 130846OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2015/08/24 12:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Tuesday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7pm to 8pm
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7pm
Each Friday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
POST Family Swim at Fernwood 130847OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/24 23:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Wednesday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Friday from 6pm to 8pm
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
POST Open Swim at Fernwood 130849OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2015/08/29 18:15From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 1:15pm to 2:45pm
$0
POST Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 130853OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2015/08/29 15:00From August 29, 2015 to September 5, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$0
POST Senior Swim at Fernwood 130848OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2015/08/24 13:30From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
POST Teen Swim at Fernwood 130852OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/08/24 21:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fernwood 130850OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/24 20:00From August 24, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$0
POST Youth Swim at Fernwood 132169OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/08/10 15:00From August 10, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 3pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 3pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 3pm
Each Friday from 10am to 3pm
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 121167InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/06/08 22:00From June 8, 2015 to September 7, 2015
Each Monday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 5pm to 6pm
$28.00
Teen Swim at Fernwood 120021OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/15 21:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 121489Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2015/06/12 22:00From June 12, 2015 to August 15, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Fernwood 120015OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/06/15 20:00From June 15, 2015 to August 21, 2015
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$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.