Fernwood Park

  • 10436 S. Wallace St.   Chicago, Illinois 60628 [View Map]
  • Fieldhouse Hours: , ,
  • Park Hours:
  • 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.

Events

Fall Programs

View our fall program schedule below.  Most activities run the week of September 15 through the week of December 1.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.


Winter Programs

Most activities run the week of January 5, 2015 through the week of March 16, 2015.  
View programs online beginning Monday, November 17.

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, December 6, 2014.

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 94108Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2014/09/02 18:45From September 2, 2014 to June 12, 2015
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
$150.00
Windy City Hoops Basketball at Fernwood 95476Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2014/08/29 22:00From August 29, 2014 to December 27, 2014
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 114383OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2014/12/08 18:00From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
Each Monday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Tuesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 1pm
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Thursday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 2pm
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98486InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 15:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98490InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/05 17:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98487InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98491InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/06 17:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98489InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 15:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98492InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/07 17:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98488InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 15:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98493InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/08 17:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98484InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 15:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 98485InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2015/01/09 17:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 98572InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/05 18:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 98573InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 00:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 98575InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/07 18:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 98574InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 98571InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 18:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from Noon to 1pm
$28.00
Ballet - Beginner at Fernwood 98729InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 5Female2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$20.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Fernwood 98757InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 12Female2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$20.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 99012Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2015/01/08 00:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8pm
$200.00
Bitty Basketball at Fernwood 99073InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 3 but less than 7Coed2015/01/07 23:30From January 7, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Wednesday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 11am
$50.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 113918InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dance - Tap at Fernwood 99406InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$20.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 114888OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/12/09 00:30From December 8, 2014 to December 29, 2014
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 99583InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/09 00:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$16.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 99582InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2015/01/08 23:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$12.00
Learn to Swim (Home School) at Fernwood 112929InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 20:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim (Home School) at Fernwood 100131InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 20:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100152InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100156InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/06 16:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100157InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 21:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100158InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/06 22:30From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100162InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/07 16:00From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100163InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 21:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100164InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/07 22:30From January 7, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100159InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/08 16:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100160InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 21:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100161InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/08 22:30From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100165InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2015/01/09 16:00From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100153InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2015/01/10 15:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$28.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100154InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 18:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$22.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 100155InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/10 19:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$22.00
Low Impact Aerobics at Fernwood 112750InstructionWellness - Aerobics60 and upCoed2015/01/05 16:30From January 5, 2015 to March 18, 2015
Each Monday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Wednesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 114890OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2014/12/08 20:00From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Monday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Tuesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Thursday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 2pm to 3pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 3:30pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 114421OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2014/12/13 16:00From December 13, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
Park Kids - Winter Session at Fernwood 100915InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/05 19:45From January 5, 2015 to March 20, 2015
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
$50.00
Quilting at Fernwood 101067InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles35 and upCoed2015/01/06 15:00From January 6, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Tuesday from 9am to 1pm
Each Thursday from 9am to 1pm
Each Saturday from 9am to Noon
$7.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 101102InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/01/07 22:00From January 7, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$12.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 101178InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 12Female2015/01/06 22:00From January 6, 2015 to March 17, 2015
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 101179InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 15Male2015/01/08 22:00From January 8, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 114352OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2014/12/08 16:00From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Monday from 10am to 11am
Each Monday from 9am to 10am
Each Monday from 8am to 9am
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 9am
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 9am
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 8am to 9am
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
Each Friday from 8am to 9am
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
Except the following dates:
Monday, December 22, 2014
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 114889InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 17Coed2014/12/08 22:30From December 8, 2014 to January 2, 2015
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
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 101634InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2015/01/05 22:30From January 5, 2015 to March 27, 2015
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
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 114891InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2014/12/13 00:30From December 12, 2014 to January 2, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$28.00
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 113122InstructionAquatics - Specialized18 and upCoed2015/01/10 00:30From January 9, 2015 to March 20, 2015
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$35.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 101847InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2015/01/10 16:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$28.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 101884InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2015/01/10 17:00From January 10, 2015 to March 21, 2015
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$28.00
Volleyball - Open at Fernwood 102114OpenSports - VolleyballAt least 12 but less than 17Coed2015/01/05 22:00From January 5, 2015 to March 16, 2015
Each Monday from 4pm to 5:30pm
$6.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 102215Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2015/01/02 23:00From January 2, 2015 to March 28, 2015
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 102269InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2015/01/13 16:30From January 13, 2015 to March 19, 2015
Each Tuesday from 10:30am to 11:30am
Each Thursday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$25.00
Youth Swim at Fernwood 114409OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2014/12/08 21:30From December 8, 2014 to January 3, 2015
Each Monday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
Each Friday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$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.