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

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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Sign up for a membership: Month, 3 Month, Year

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.

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

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs June 26 through August 4.  Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other summer programs start the week of June 19 and run through the week of August 21.  View programs online & create your wishlist beginning  Monday, April 10.  Registration dates for our park are:

  • Online registration begins on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 29, 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 195115OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2017/06/19 12:00From June 19, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Monday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Tuesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Wednesday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Thursday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Friday from 7am to 8:15am
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 195177InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/19 13:30From June 19, 2017 to August 21, 2017
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 195178InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/20 13:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 195180InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/21 13:30From June 21, 2017 to August 23, 2017
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 195179InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/22 13:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 195176InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2017/06/23 13:30From June 23, 2017 to August 25, 2017
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 195254InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2017 to August 22, 2017
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 199101InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball - Open at Fernwood 200064OpenSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 19Coed2017/06/22 23:00From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6pm to 7:30pm
$0
Basketball League at Fernwood 195417Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2017/06/14 23:30From June 14, 2017 to August 16, 2017
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$218.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 195952InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$19.00
Day Camp at Fernwood 195625CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$208.00
Day Camp at Fernwood 201811CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 6Coed2017/06/26 15:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$208.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 195745CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 13:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$110.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 195746CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 13:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 8am to 10am
Each Tuesday from 8am to 10am
Each Wednesday from 8am to 10am
Each Thursday from 8am to 10am
Each Friday from 8am to 10am
$38.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 195834CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 21:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$38.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 195833CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/26 21:00From June 26, 2017 to August 4, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 6pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 6pm
$110.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 195910OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/12 23:30From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Except the following dates:
Wednesday, June 14, 2017
$0
Kickboxing at Fernwood 196306InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2017/06/22 22:30From June 22, 2017 to August 24, 2017
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$15.00
Late Summer Camp at Fernwood 196352CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2017/08/07 15:00From August 7, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 10am to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 10am to 4pm
Each Thursday from 10am to 4pm
Each Friday from 10am to 4pm
$64.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 199100InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2017/06/24 15:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 196474InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 17:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from Noon to 1pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 196475InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/24 18:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 196690OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2017/06/24 19:30From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 196752OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2017/06/24 16:00From June 24, 2017 to August 26, 2017
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 197158InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2017/06/19 22:30From June 19, 2017 to September 4, 2017
Each Monday from 5:30pm 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 5:30pm to 6:30pm
$35.00
Teen Swim at Fernwood 197280OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/12 21:00From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 5pm
Each Friday from 4pm to 5pm
Except the following dates:
Monday, June 12, 2017
Friday, June 16, 2017
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 197609Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2017/06/09 22:00From June 9, 2017 to August 12, 2017
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Fernwood 197693OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2017/06/12 20:00From June 12, 2017 to August 18, 2017
Each Monday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Tuesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Wednesday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Thursday from 3pm to 4pm
Each Friday from 3pm to 4pm
$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.