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 19 and run through the week of November 21. Click on the program name links below to view a program and register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.
 

Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 9 and run through the week of March 13, 2017.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 21.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 10, 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
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
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
Basketball Tournament at Fernwood 188697TournamentSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2016/12/27 17:30From December 27, 2016 to January 6, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Fernwood 171704OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from Noon to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171751InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171755InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171752InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171756InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171754InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171757InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171753InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171758InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171749InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 171750InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 171841InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 171842InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Fernwood 189404OpenSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/11 18:30From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
Each Friday from 12:30pm to 2:30pm
$25.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 172262Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$212.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 172263Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2017/01/12 23:00From January 12, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$53.00
Bitty Basketball at Fernwood 172331InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2017/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$53.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 172389InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 172819OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 172859InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 173407InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/01/12 23:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173515InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2017 to March 13, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173519InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173520InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173521InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173525InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173526InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173527InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2017 to March 15, 2017
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173522InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173523InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 21:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173524InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/12 22:30From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173528InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2017/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173516InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/01/14 15:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173517InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 18:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 173518InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/01/14 19:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 173685InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2017/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2017 to March 17, 2017
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Park Kids - Winter at Fernwood 173999InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/01/09 19:45From January 9, 2017 to March 24, 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 174142InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2017/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$10.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 174249InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2017/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2017 to March 14, 2017
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 174250InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Male2017/01/12 22:00From January 12, 2017 to March 16, 2017
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 174424OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2017/01/09 14:00From January 9, 2017 to March 17, 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 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
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 174978InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2017/01/14 16:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 175015InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2017/01/14 17:00From January 14, 2017 to March 18, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
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
Yoga at Fernwood 175463InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2017/01/10 16:30From January 10, 2017 to March 16, 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.