Located in the Fernwood community, the new Space to Grow schoolyard at Fernwood Elementary School provides physical activity, opportunities for learning and exploration, and green infrastructure improvements to alleviate neighborhood flooding. The reimagined play space features a stage and outdoor classroom, stormwater runnel, artificial turf field, basketball court, and running track. A playground accommodates children from ages 2 through 12. The play space is surrounded by lush plantings that provide four-season interest.
Fernwood Elementary School is part of the Space to Grow program, a joint collaboration between Chicago Public Schools, the Healthy Schools Campaign, Openlands, and Landscape Architects to transform Chicago schoolyards into beautiful and functional spaces to play, learn, garden and be outside.