Inclusive Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

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We are overjoyed at the growing number of inclusive playgrounds in the western suburbs of Chicago! It’s wonderful that kids of all ages and abilities can play together and have plenty to enjoy at these parks. We are so grateful to our park districts, communities, schools, and organizations such as Dream Build Play Experience for spearheading these projects and making it a priority in our neighborhoods.

Inclusive Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

The Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park, Elmhurst

The Playground for Everyone at Butterfield Park
385 E. Van Buren Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

With double-wide ramps, accessible sway fun, ground level play, swings with molded ADA seats and spread out equipment to create quieter spaces, this playground was created with developmental disabilities and mobility challenges in mind.

Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

This horse stable-themed playground is designed to provide equal access to play and recreation to children of all abilities, including those with developmental delays, physical disabilities, sensory processing disorders, and autism. The website also has a page with visual supports, which you can find online or in a special app, to help aid communication; the supports include photos of equipment and activities at the playground.

The Sandlot Universal Playground, Oak Brook

The Sandlot Universal Playground
1301 Forest Gate Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523

The Sandlot Universal Playground, near the Tennis Center at Oak Brook Park District, has double wide ramps, accessible musical instruments, revolution spinner, disc swing, and an ADA accessible zipline seat. Click here to read our full overview of The Sandlot.

Hope D. Wall School Playground, Aurora

Hope D. Wall School Playground
449 W New Indian Trail Court
Aurora, IL 60506

The playground at Hope D. Wall School in Aurora is specially designed with accessibility in mind. There are double wide ramps, wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round flush with the surfacing for easy access, two wheelchair-accessible swings, communication boards, disc swings, musical area, and is completely fenced in. Click here to read more about Hope D. Wall School Playground.

Discovery Park, Lisle

Discovery Playground
Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle, IL 60532

Discovery Playground, located right across the street from Sea Lion Aquatic Park, is a beautiful playground with accessibility baked into the design. You’ll find wide ramps, musical instruments, two zip lines (one with a bucket seat), disc swing, a wheelchair accessible spinner, an expression baby swing, and more. The website offers a great preview of what to expect.

Lester Community Park, Downers Grove

Lester Community Playground
Lester Elementary School
236 Indianapolis Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This playground has artificial turf , communication boards for those who use AAC (augmentative and alternative communication), wide ramp access and ADA swings. Please note that the playground is only open to the public during non-school hours. Click here for a full overview of Lester Community Park.

Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest School, Downers Grove

Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest School
1435 Jefferson Avenue
Downers Grove, IL 60516

Owen’s Playground is another one only open to the public outside of school hours. It was one of the first inclusive playgrounds in the western suburbs and includes double wide ramps and a huge variety of equipment for all ages. Click here for the full overview of Owen’s Playground.

Darien Community Park, Darien

Darien Community Park
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561

Please note that the parking lot and entrance to this playground are off Plainfield Road right across the street from Indian Prairie Library; there is another playground nearby that is less accesible. The poured surface here is great for wheelchair mobility and there are tons of eye-level opportunities for play. Everyone can also enjoy the wide ramps, wheelchair-accessible spinner, and imaginative play. Click here to read more about Darien Community Park.

Bott Community Park, Plainfield

Bott Community Park
24550 W. Renwick Road
Plainfield, IL 60544

This playground has many different types of swings and double wide ramps. Katie and her family went to check it out and really enjoyed the inclusive features. Accessible design elements include a big-kid play structure featuring four-foot wide ramps, a preschool playhouse with talk tubes, artificial turf, and thoughtful design of entrances and exits to the playground itself. The Bugle has more details on accessibility features in a 2019 article on the playground renovation.

McCarty Park, Aurora

McCarty Park
350 E. Galena Boulevard
Aurora, IL 60505

This park recently underwent a $700,000 renovation. Improvements include a splash pad without any barriers to entry (sprayers on a hard surface), as well as new entryways. While there’s no playground structure at the park, there’s plenty of space for playing. See the website for splash pad hours.

Deicke Park Discovery Zone, Huntley

Deicke Park Discovery Zone
11419 S. Route 47
Huntley, IL 60142

It’s north of our usual Kidlist coverage area, but worth the drive! This playground was designed around the idea of accessibility. Different-height basketball hoops, wheelchair-friendly surfaces, adult swings, and other features make this park a really fun spot. It’s also gated! Read Rita’s full review.

SEBA Park  

151 S Water Street
South Elgin, IL 60177

Named after the South Elgin Business Association, this playground has a disc swing, seated rocker, and wide ramps.

Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground

photo courtesy of Bartlett Park District

Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground
102 N Eastern Avenue
Bartlett, IL 60103

This colorful and fun playground was completed towards the end of Summer 2021. As more funds become available, the foundation plans to continue adding improvements, such as ADA accessible bathrooms.

Pottawatomie Park

Pottawatomie Park
8 North Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

A communication board was just added to this all-inclusive park in summer 2021. The playground is part of a larger park with concessions, fishing, a picnic shelter, and more.

Want to explore more playgrounds?

Head to our Ultimate Guide to Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs. It has suggestions for every age group and type of park you are looking for!

Do you know of another inclusive playground that offers accessible surfacing so everyone can move around the space easily, multi-sensory features, the ability enjoy the playground independently and safely, and more? We would love to hear about it! Comment below or email me at

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