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

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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: Chicago Play! Renovation, Fall 2013

Descriptors: Engineered Wood Fiber Surface

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.

Winter Programs

See our offerings in the Winter tab below.  Most winter programs start the week of January 9, 2017 and run through the week of March 31. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Spring Programs

Most spring programs start the week of April 3 and run through the week of June 5.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wishlist.    Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, March 4, 2017.

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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 174739InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 174740InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2017/01/14 00:30From January 13, 2017 to March 31, 2017
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 175407Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/01/06 23:00From January 6, 2017 to April 1, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Fernwood 178171OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/04/03 17:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178191InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 14:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178195InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/03 16:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178192InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178196InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/04 16:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178194InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178197InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178193InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 14:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178198InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/06 16:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178200InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 14:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 178199InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/04/07 16:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 178317InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 178318InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Baseball at Fernwood 178491InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2017/04/08 14:30From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$24.00
Baseball at Fernwood 178492InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$24.00
Basketball - Open at Fernwood 199341OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 23:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball at Fernwood 178655InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 22:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Fernwood 178715Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/04/05 23:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$212.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 178804InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/04 23:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 179245InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 23:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Fernwood 197754InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/06 21:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 197751InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 197752InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 179198OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/03 23:30From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Fernwood 197753InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 179764InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/04/06 22:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179884InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/03 15:00From April 3, 2017 to June 5, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179886InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:00From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179880InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 20:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179881InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/04 21:30From April 4, 2017 to June 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179887InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/05 15:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179882InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 20:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179883InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/05 21:30From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179888InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/06 15:00From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179890InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 20:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179885InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/06 21:30From April 6, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179889InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/04/07 15:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179893InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/04/08 14:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179891InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 3, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 179892InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 18:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 197777InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/04 22:30From April 4, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 197749InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/04/05 16:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 180242OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/04/08 17:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring at Fernwood 180364InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/03 18:45From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
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
Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 190740InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2017/04/04 14:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$10.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 197750InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/04/05 21:00From April 5, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$15.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 180742InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Coed2017/04/04 21:00From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fernwood 180899OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2017/04/05 14:00From April 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 180924OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/04/03 13:00From April 3, 2017 to June 9, 2017
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 181342InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/04/03 21:30From April 3, 2017 to June 16, 2017
Each Monday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Friday from 4:30pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
Teen Club at Fernwood 197755OpenSpecial Interest - ClubsAt least 13 but less than 18Female2017/04/07 23:00From April 7, 2017 to June 9, 2017
Each Friday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 181607InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/04/08 15:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 181647InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/04/08 16:00From April 8, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 182051Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/04/08 00:00From April 7, 2017 to June 10, 2017
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 182101InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/04/04 15:30From April 4, 2017 to June 8, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00

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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.

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.