Want to take a stroller walk? Meet some friends at the park and take a walk between play breaks for the kids? We checked out all of the following playgrounds and walked for a while on the paths… wow, was it relaxing! All of the paths in this list are paved and the photographs include some of the playground equipment and path so you can get a preview.
Have another to add? We would love to hear your picks and explore those to add them to the list!
Berens Park, Elmhurst
The paved path at Berens Park weaves around the sports fields, with legs leading to The Hub, splash pad, and playground areas.
McCollum Park, Downers Grove
This path is a 1.2 mile loop around the magnificent park, full of sports fields , playground areas, miniature golf, horseshoe courts, and picnic areas.
Harvester Park, Burr Ridge
The path at Harvester Park will lead you all around the park and main recreation building. There is even a lookout tower along the path for the kids to climb so they can see across the park.
Patriots Park, Downers Grove
This beautiful path winds it’s way around the pond with trees overhanding for some shade. Also lining the pond is a playground with sections of equipment for all ages.
Castaldo Park, Woodridge
From the park entrance, you walk down paved paths to reach the playground. There is a covered area with picnic benches and also a water fountain along the way.
Central Park, Oak Brook
We thought this area was so cool that we wrote a separate article about it. Click here to read about taking a walking tour of Central Park. There are multiple loops of paths in this park, with the longest being 1.29 miles. You can take a look at the map before you go or stop by the main recreation building to pick one up.
Ty Warner Park, Westmont
The grounds of this park are nicely landscaped, which adds to the beauty of your walk. Paths connect the sports fields and concessions with the large playground areas for each age group, sand area, and splash pad.
Walker Park, Burr Ridge
This park has various levels of playground equipment and a sand area. The path also has outdoor fitness equipment along the way.
Countryside Park, Countryside
You will pass a skate park, basketball courts, and playground area with a train, seesaw, and spring riders as you walk down tree lined paths.
Eldridge Park, Elmhurst
This park has two playgrounds (east and west), a lagoon, and a 1.5 mile path around the perimeter, which serves as a link to Salt Creek Greenway Trail.
Ebersold Park, Downers Grove
This 0.75 mile path winds around the perimeter of the park and there is a playground with two structures: one for 2-5 year olds and the other for 5-12 year olds.
Spring Rock Park, Western Springs
The inner loop of paths around the playground is paved and winds up and down hills as well as through garden areas, while the outer loop is compacted, crushed gravel.
Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn
Lake Ellyn Park receives honorable mention. The playground is currently under construction and should be done by the end of June, but we still had to include it because who wouldn’t want to take a walk by Lake Ellyn Park?! The new equipment looks really nice and we will update you when it’s complete.
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