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.

Hours: , ,

Fernwood Fitness Center

Fernwood Fitness Center

Hours: , ,

Notes: 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 PlaygroundAccessible

Notes: Renovated Fall 2013, Chicago Play! Renovation program

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

See our offerings in the Spring tab below.  Spring programs start the week of March 28 and run through the week of May 30.  Click on the program name links below to register now.  Registration is on-going while spots are available.

 

Summer Programs

The standard 6-week day camp runs July 5 - August 12. Specialty camp dates vary.  Most other programs start the week of June 20 and run through the week of August 22.  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, April 5, 2016 at 9:00am.
  • In-person registration begins on Saturday, April 9, 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
Park Kids - Fall Winter Spring at Fernwood 127402Activity_PackageOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2015/09/01 18:45From September 1, 2015 to June 10, 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
$153.00
Name Number Type Category Ages Gender Dates Fee
Adult Swim at Fernwood 142536OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/03/28 17:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from Noon to 3pm
Each Wednesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Friday from 1pm to 3pm
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142552InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/28 16:00From March 28, 2016 to May 30, 2016
Each Monday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142549InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 14:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142553InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/29 16:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142551InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142554InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/30 16:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142550InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 14:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142555InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/03/31 16:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142557InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 14:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 9am to 10am
$0
Aquatic Exercise I - Water Walking at Fernwood 142556InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/04/01 16:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 11am to Noon
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 142658InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 142659InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Ballet - Beginner at Fernwood 142775InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 3 but less than 6Female2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to 11:45am
$22.00
Ballet - Intermediate at Fernwood 142803InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/04/02 17:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from Noon to 12:45pm
$22.00
Baseball at Fernwood 142836InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 4 but less than 8Coed2016/04/02 14:30From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:15am
$22.00
Baseball at Fernwood 153458InstructionSports - BaseballAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$22.00
Basketball at Fernwood 143001InstructionSports - BasketballAt least 8 but less than 12Coed2016/03/31 22:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5pm to 5:45pm
$0
Basketball League at Fernwood 143060Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/03/30 23:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$208.00
Boot Camp at Fernwood 153459InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/29 23:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$18.00
Dance - Hip Hop at Fernwood 159150InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Female2016/03/31 21:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Dance - Tap at Fernwood 143419InstructionCulture and Arts - DanceAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 1:45pm
$22.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 143517OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 13Coed2016/03/28 23:30From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 143557InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 23:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 143973InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/03/31 22:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144108InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:00From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144102InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 20:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144103InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/29 21:30From March 29, 2016 to May 31, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144109InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/30 15:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144104InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 20:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144105InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/30 21:30From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144110InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/03/31 15:00From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144112InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 20:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 3:30pm to 4:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144107InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/31 21:30From March 31, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Thursday from 4:30pm to 5:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144111InstructionAquatics - Lessons60 and upCoed2016/04/01 15:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10am to 11am
$0
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144115InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/04/02 14:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 9am to 10am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 144114InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 18:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 1pm to 2pm
$30.00
Line Dance at Fernwood 153460InstructionCulture and Arts - Dance18 and upCoed2016/04/01 15:30From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$21.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 144490OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/04/02 19:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Tuesday from Noon to 3pm
Each Thursday from Noon to 3pm
Each Saturday from 2pm to 4:30pm
$0
Park Kids - Spring Session at Fernwood 144592InstructionOut of School Programs - After SchoolAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/28 18:45From March 28, 2016 to June 10, 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
$51.00
Quilting at Fernwood 144894InstructionCulture and Arts - Textiles25 and upCoed2016/03/29 14:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 9am to Noon
Each Thursday from 9am to Noon
$9.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 144904InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/03/30 21:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$8.00
Recreational Tumbling at Fernwood 159151InstructionGymnastics - TumblingAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/04/01 21:00From April 1, 2016 to June 3, 2016
Each Friday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$5.00
Seasonal Sports at Fernwood 144983InstructionSports - Seasonal SportsAt least 8 but less than 13Coed2016/03/29 21:00From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 2016
Each Tuesday from 4pm to 4:45pm
Each Thursday from 4pm to 4:45pm
$0
Senior Citizens Club at Fernwood 145140OpenSpecial Interest - Clubs60 and upCoed2016/03/30 14:00From March 30, 2016 to June 1, 2016
Each Wednesday from 9am to 3pm
$0
Senior Swim at Fernwood 145167OpenAquatics - Open60 and upCoed2016/03/28 13:00From March 28, 2016 to June 3, 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 145591InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/03/28 21:30From March 28, 2016 to June 2, 2016
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
Tiny Tot Swim - Level I at Fernwood 145823InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least but less than 3y 1m Coed2016/04/02 15:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 10am to 11am
$34.00
Tiny Tot Swim - Level II at Fernwood 145859InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 3 but less than 6Coed2016/04/02 16:00From April 2, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Saturday from 11am to Noon
$34.00
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 146208Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/04/02 00:00From April 1, 2016 to June 4, 2016
Each Friday from 7pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Yoga at Fernwood 146254InstructionWellness - Yoga18 and upCoed2016/03/29 15:30From March 29, 2016 to June 2, 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 155922OpenAquatics - Open18 and upCoed2016/06/20 12:00From June 20, 2016 to August 27, 2016
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 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 155975InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/20 13:30From June 20, 2016 to August 22, 2016
Each Monday from 8:30am to 9:30am
Except the following dates:
Monday, July 4, 2016
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 155976InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/21 13:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 155978InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/22 13:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 155977InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/23 13:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise II - Low Impact at Fernwood 155974InstructionAquatics - Fitness60 and upCoed2016/06/24 13:30From June 24, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Friday from 8:30am to 9:30am
$0
Aquatic Exercise III - High Impact at Fernwood 156049InstructionAquatics - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/21 23:30From June 21, 2016 to August 23, 2016
Each Tuesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$30.00
Basketball League at Fernwood 156226Team_LeagueSports - Basketball18 and upMale2016/06/22 23:30From June 22, 2016 to August 24, 2016
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
$208.00
Day Camp at Fernwood 156408CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 15:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$198.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 156527CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 13:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$105.00
Early Bird Camp at Fernwood 156528CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 13:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$36.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 156616CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/07/05 21:00From July 5, 2016 to August 12, 2016
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
$105.00
Extended Camp at Fernwood 156617CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 21:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$36.00
Family Swim at Fernwood 156696OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/20 23:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
Each Monday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Wednesday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Each Friday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$0
Fitness Boot Camp at Fernwood 156746InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 23:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
$18.00
Kickboxing at Fernwood 156962InstructionWellness - Fitness18 and upCoed2016/06/23 22:30From June 23, 2016 to August 25, 2016
Each Thursday from 5:30pm to 6:15pm
$14.00
Late Summer Camp at Fernwood 157009CampsCamps - General InterestAt least 5 but less than 13Coed2016/08/15 15:00From August 15, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$61.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 159269InstructionAquatics - Lessons18 and upCoed2016/06/25 14:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 157124InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 17:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
$30.00
Learn to Swim at Fernwood 157125InstructionAquatics - LessonsAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/25 18:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 1:30pm to 2:30pm
$30.00
Open Swim at Fernwood 157341OpenAquatics - OpenAnyCoed2016/06/25 19:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 2:30pm to 4:30pm
$0
Parent and Tot Swim at Fernwood 157408OpenAquatics - OpenLess than 6Coed2016/06/25 15:30From June 25, 2016 to August 27, 2016
Each Saturday from 10:30am to 11:30am
$0
TEAM Sports at Fernwood 158311InstructionAquatics - SpecializedAt least 6 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 22:30From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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
$28.00
Teen Swim at Fernwood 158417OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/20 21:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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, July 4, 2016
$0
Windy City Hoops-Basketball at Fernwood 158675Individual_LeagueSports - BasketballAt least 13 but less than 18Coed2016/06/17 22:00From June 17, 2016 to August 20, 2016
Each Friday from 5pm to 10pm
Each Saturday from 5pm to 10pm
$0
Youth Swim at Fernwood 158749OpenAquatics - OpenAt least 6 but less than 13Coed2016/06/20 20:00From June 20, 2016 to August 26, 2016
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.