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

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.

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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.

Fall Programs

Most fall programs start the week of September 11 and run through the week of December 4.  Click on the program name links below to view a program and save it to your wish list.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, August 12, 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
Adult Swim at Fernwood 204839OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/09/11 17:00From September 11, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 2pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204907InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 14:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204911InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/11 16:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204908InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204912InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/12 16:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204910InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 14:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204913InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204909InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 14:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204914InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/14 16:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204905InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 14:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 204906InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/09/15 16:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 204993InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 204994InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Baseball at Fernwood 205161InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$22.00
Basketball - Open at Fernwood 223945OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/09/14 23:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball - Open at Fernwood 223946OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/09/16 20:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 3pm to 4:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Fernwood 205395Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/09/13 23:30From September 13, 2017 to November 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
$218.00
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 205436InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 13Male2017/09/14 22:00From September 14, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
$0
Basketball Skills at Fernwood 205437InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/09/16 14:30From September 16, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$23.00
Basketball Tournament at Fernwood 205459TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/12/27 17:30From December 27, 2017 to January 5, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Wednesday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Thursday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
Each Friday from 11:30am to 1:30pm
$0
Boot Camp at Fernwood 205526InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/12 23:30From September 12, 2017 to November 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 205998InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 23:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Fernwood 223947InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 223949InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 223950InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 205958OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 23:30From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Gymnastics at Fernwood 223952InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 206424InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/09/14 22:30From September 14, 2017 to November 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206552InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/11 15:00From September 11, 2017 to December 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206556InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:00From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206557InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 20:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206558InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/12 21:30From September 12, 2017 to December 5, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206562InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/13 15:00From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206563InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 20:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206564InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/13 21:30From September 13, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206559InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/14 15:00From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206560InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 20:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206561InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/14 21:30From September 14, 2017 to December 7, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206565InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/09/15 15:00From September 15, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206553InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/09/16 14:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206554InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 17:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 206555InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/16 18:00From September 16, 2017 to December 9, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 223941InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/12 22:30From September 12, 2017 to December 6, 2017
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 206749InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/09/13 16:00From September 13, 2017 to December 1, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Open Studio - Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 206963OpenCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2017/09/12 14:00From September 12, 2017 to December 2, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$9.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 206968OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/09/11 19:00From September 11, 2017 to December 9, 2017
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 207080InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 18:45From August 29, 2017 to December 15, 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
$55.00
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fernwood 207144Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/08/29 18:45From August 29, 2017 to June 8, 2018$165.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 223951InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/09/13 21:00From September 13, 2017 to December 8, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 207398InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/09/12 21:00From September 12, 2017 to November 28, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 207399InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Male2017/09/14 21:00From September 14, 2017 to November 23, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 207585OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/09/11 13:00From September 11, 2017 to December 1, 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 207935InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/09/11 21:30From September 11, 2017 to January 5, 2018
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
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 208113InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/09/16 15:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 208154InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/09/16 16:00From September 16, 2017 to November 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 208530Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/08/25 22:00From August 25, 2017 to December 23, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 208646InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/09/12 15:30From September 12, 2017 to November 30, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$28.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Winter at Fernwood 213338InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/08 19:45From January 8, 2018 to March 23, 2018
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
$55.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Park Kids - Spring at Fernwood 219265InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/04/02 18:45From April 2, 2018 to June 15, 2018
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
$55.00

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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.