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 register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available. 


Winter Programs

Most winter programs start the week of January 8, 2018  and run through the week of March 12, 2018.  View programs online & create your wish list beginning Monday, November 20.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 9, 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
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
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
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
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
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Fernwood 211260OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2018/01/08 18:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 211321InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211325InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211322InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211326InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211324InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211327InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211323InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 15:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211328InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/11 17:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211319InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 15:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 211320InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2018/01/12 17:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 211416InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 211417InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 211835Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2018/01/11 00:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$218.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 211836Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 7 but less than 10Coed2018/01/11 23:00From January 11, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Thursday from 5pm to 6pm
Each Saturday from 11:30am to 1pm
$56.00
Bitty Basketball at Fernwood 211924InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 4 but less than 7Coed2018/01/10 23:30From January 10, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$56.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 211978InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 226886InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$20.00
Cheerleading - Recreational at Fernwood 226072InstructionSports - CheerleadingAt least 6 but less than 13Female2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 226073InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 226074InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 212389OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2018/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Boot Camp at Fernwood 228840InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/10 00:30January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Boot Camp at Fernwood 228841InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/12 00:30January 11, 2018
Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Fitness Center at Fernwood 228561OpenWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to January 13, 2018
Each Monday from 8am to 7:30pm
Each Tuesday from 8am to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 8am to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 8am to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 8am to 7:30pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 4:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Kickboxing at Fernwood 228823InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 23:30January 11, 2018
Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$0
FFW Preview - Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 228633InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/09 23:30January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 228641InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:00January 10, 2018
Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
FFW Preview - Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 228654InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/11 00:30January 10, 2018
Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
FFW Preview - Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 228662InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/12 17:00January 12, 2018
Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
FFW Preview - Yoga at Fernwood 228931InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/09 16:30January 9, 2018
Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
FFW Preview - Yoga at Fernwood 229047InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/11 16:30January 11, 2018
Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
Gymnastics at Fernwood 226887InstructionGymnastics - RecreationalAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 226892InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2018/01/11 23:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212871InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2018 to March 12, 2018
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212875InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212876InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 21:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212877InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/09 22:30From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212881InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212882InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 21:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212883InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/10 22:30From January 10, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212878InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/11 16:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212879InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 21:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212880InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/11 22:30From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212884InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2018/01/12 16:00From January 12, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212872InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2018/01/13 15:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212873InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 18:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 212874InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/13 19:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 226891InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/09 23:30From January 9, 2018 to March 14, 2018
Each Tuesday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$25.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 213052InstructionWellness - Aerobics18 and upCoed2018/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$29.00
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
Quilting Partnership at Fernwood 213506InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2018/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$11.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 226889InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2018/01/10 22:00From January 10, 2018 to March 16, 2018
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$25.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 213581InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Female2018/01/09 22:00From January 9, 2018 to March 13, 2018
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 213582InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 16Male2018/01/11 22:00From January 11, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 213768OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2018/01/08 14:00From January 8, 2018 to March 16, 2018
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 214080InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2018/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2018 to March 30, 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
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 214081InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2018/01/13 00:30From January 12, 2018 to March 30, 2018
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 214250InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2018/01/13 16:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 214290InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2018/01/13 17:00From January 13, 2018 to March 17, 2018
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 214557Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2018/01/05 23:00From January 5, 2018 to March 31, 2018
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 214616InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2018/01/09 16:30From January 9, 2018 to March 15, 2018
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$29.00
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.