Be the First to Play at These New Parks and Playgrounds

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We’re noticing some really cool new trends with of this year’s new parks and playgrounds! Bright colors, nets and structures to climb, hot wheels tracks, nature play components, different types of swings, and design that’s mindful of accessibility are included in these playground replacement projects.

Check out the newest playgrounds to be installed or renovated, then read on to see what other new playgrounds have popped up in the last few years in case you’ve missed them.

New Playgrounds Completed in 2024

Burns Field Park, Hinsdale

Burns Field Park
320 N Vine Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Burns playground is being renovated to include new equipment for ages 2-5 years old as well as 5-12 years old. It’s a fun green and blue playground with plenty of space to run, climb, swing, and slide. This new playground will be open the first week of May 2024.

Cornerstone Lakes Park, West Chicago

photo courtesy of West Chicago Park District

Cornerstone Lakes Park
2199 Smith Road
West Chicago, IL 60185

This new playground opened on February 1, 2024 and is a National Demonstration Site (NDS), which means it utilizes NatureGrounds, Me2, and Play On! best design practices so that everyone, no matter their age or ability, can have fun.

Prince Crossing Park, West Chicago

Prince Crossing Park
900 McCormick Lane
West Chicago, IL 60185

This new playground also opened on February 1, 2024 as a National Demonstration Site. We’re excited that so many playgrounds are being built for all ages and abilities!

Adventure Falls at McCollum Park, Downers Grove

McCollum Park
6801 Main Street
Downers Grove, IL 60516

This flagship park in Downers Grove has a new sprayground with three splash areas (tot, family, and teen). They are pricing it to favor residents, with non-resident pricing at $15 per child and $10 per adult. Click here for more info on this project.

Barrie Park, Oak Park

photo courtesy of Park District of Oak Park

Barrie Park
1011 S Lombard Avenue
Oak Park, IL 60304

This park has sled hill improvements, a new playground and tot lot, a natural play area and rain garden in a project that started in the summer of 2023 and is now open to the public as of April 2024.

Lions Park, Warrenville

Lions Park
3S350 Virginia Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555

The ribbon cutting for this new playground was March 19, 2024 and your kids can now enjoy many different slides, climbing structures, swings, and expression swing. Read more here.

Heritage Place Park, Naperville

photo courtesy of Naperville Park District

Heritage Place Park
130 N. Wright Street
Naperville, IL 60540

This neighborhood playground is ready for play! The ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 at 5pm with refreshments and an opportunity to enjoy the new playground, swing set, picnic shelter, plaza, and open space.

Beach Oak Park, La Grange Park

902 West Oak Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526

Community Park of La Grange Park is planning the grand re-opening of this playground in Spring 2024 (early May). Get more information here.

New Parks Are Coming! Playground Construction Projects

Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

It’s happening! Construction will begin on the 5 to 12 year old phase of the Sensory Garden Playground in Fall 2024. This all-abilities playground is expanding to offer more for the older kids, including slides, a spinner, accessible ramps, bridges, tactile learning, and more. Get more details here.

Pick Park, Elmhurst

151 Monterey Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

There’s a brand new park coming to Elmhurst! Pick Park will be built in an area that was previously considered a park desert, where homes are not within walking distance of a park. New amenities include a playground for 2-5 and 5-12-year-olds, bench seating, game table, shade shelter, adult fitness equipment, and a bike repair station. They are targeting for this new park and playground to be done by the end of June 2024.

Grant St. Park, Westmont

350 N. Grant Street
Westmont, IL 60559

Westmont Park District is building a new neighborhood park in 2024 on Grant St. between Ogden Avenue and Naperville Road with Burke equipment. More information coming!

Playgrounds Being Replaced in 2024

  • Southland Park, Lombard: Features planned for the park were based on community input including pickleball and bocce ball courts, improvements to soccer and baseball fields, new play environment with ADA additions, picnic shelters, asphalt pathways, walking trail and more.
  • Happiness Park, Arlington Heights: Construction is underway in April 2024 for this new playground that will include a zipline and play structure with a ship theme. Click here to see more renderings and construction timeline.
  • High Ridge Park, Westchester
  • Sunrise Park, Bensenville: Bensenville Park District announced it’s plans for 2024-25 projects, which include improving Fischer Farm infrastructure; a new playground, soccer fields, futsal, pickleball and basketball courts at Sunrise Park; resurfacing the pool basin and pool deck at the Bensenville Water Park & Splash Pad and improvements at the White Pines Golf Club.
  • Pioneer Park, Elmhurst: This park improvement project includes a playground replacement! Construction is scheduled to be completed by early September and you can see more renderings of what the new playground will look like on the Elmhurst Park District website.
  • Hawthorne Junction, Wheaton: This neighborhood park will have new opportunities for tot play.
  • Terrace View Park, Oakbrook Terrace: Terrace View Park playground is currently under construction and is expected to be completed this summer. It will have a poured-in-place rubber surface, umbrella shade, OmniSpin Spinner, dome climber, musical instruments, a panel play structure for early childhood play and swings, including traditional swings, a baby swing, accessible bucket swing, and expression swing. You can find out more about the playground renovation here.
  • Heritage Place Park, Naperville: The shaded play structure will have swings, monkey bars, climbing ropes, slides, a balance beam and benches.
  • Oakridge Parkway, Naperville
  • Arbor Way, Naperville
  • Central Park, Naperville
  • South Pointe Park, Naperville
  • Frontier Sports Complex (West), Naperville: The east playground was renovated in 2022 and now the west will be redone
  • Butterfly Park, Streamwood: This park will be getting a new playground, new park shelter and walking path, ADA accessible benches and a butterfly/pollinator garden. Click here for more info.
  • Blackberry Crossing West Park, Montgomery: This new park will have an ADA-accessible playground, Pickleball courts, athletic fields, and more. It has been under construction for a while and has seen many delays, so we haven’t gotten an opening date yet.
  • Leslie Park, Bloomingdale: Park improvements will include playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 5-12, shaded seating, a fence around the play area, frisbee golf, bag games, and more. Read more about plans for the park.
  • Hudson Crossing Park, Oswego
  • Community Park at Grande Park, Plainfield
  • Walter Park, Carol Stream: This park renovation is expected to begin in summer 2023 and take about two years to complete. Read more here.
  • Constitution Park, Downers Grove: Scheduled to be completed in 2024, this park project will include a new playground with wheelchair-accessible play equipment, a playhouse for preschoolers, a tricycle path, a permanent picnic shelter, and walking path. Read more about the plans.
  • Discovery Park Playground, Hanover Park: Read more about the project and see renderings here.
  • Yena Park, La Grange Park
  • Sunrise Park, Bensenville
  • Veterans Memorial Park, Westmont: They will be replacing the zipline at this amazing playground.
  • Ty Warner Park, Westmont: A new ADA accessible mini trampoline will be installed in the tot playground where the tot berm currently sits near the sand play area.
  • Fritz Werley Park, Westmont: Replacing the 22 year old playground with a new Landscape Structures Playground.
  • Williams Cove Park, Westmont: Replacing the 24 year old 5-12 year age appropriate play structure with new Landscape Structures play equipment.
  • Langum Park, St. Charles
  • Administrative and Leisure Center Play Park and Nature Lab, Des Plaines: The playground is officially open to the public while the 2nd phase is still under construction. The plan includes a turtle pond.

Playgrounds Being Replaced in 2025

  • Borse Memorial Community Park, Willowbrook: New splash pad and playground
  • Primrose Farm Park, St. Charles: New playground

New Playgrounds Completed in 2023

Many of these were completed towards the end of 2023, so they are still new and ready to be explored!

Clark Park, Western Springs

Clark Park
4604 Howard Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

This new playground features a pour-in-place rubber surface that gives some bounce to your step, along with a see-saw, Omni spinner, slides, and a lot of room to run and play.

Arbor Park, Wood Dale

475 E. Potter Street
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Discover, KABOOM!, Bensenville Park District, and community volunteers worked together to complete this playground build in September of 2023.

Soehrman Park, Countryside

Soehrman Park
Willow Springs Road and Hillsdale Road
Countryside, IL

This new playground is amazing! It has all kinds of opportunities for play and many inclusive components, including an Innova Rocker, wide ramps, and wheelchair accessible merry-go-round. The splash pad is fairly new also and a big hit.

Walker Park, Burr Ridge

Walker Park
7425 S Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

Walker Park, in front of Pleasantdale Park District, has a new castle playground! This project was completed in late summer 2023 and adds to the already amazing park with two different playground areas, a challenge course, and paths with a gazebo and bridge. Read more about Walker Park here.

Panfish Park, Glen Ellyn

Panfish Park
Harding and S. Ellyn Avenues
Glen Ellyn, IL

Glen Ellyn Park District aims to replace one playground per year and this neighborhood playground is on the schedule for 2023!

Veterans Memorial Park, Westmont

Veterans Memorial Park
55 E Richmond Street
Westmont, IL 60559

From the park district: “Beginning on Monday, September 5, 2023 the tot lot and sand play areas will be closed for playground improvements. Project scope includes the removal and replacement of our oldest pieces, the colorful Kompan play equipment, as well as the removal and replacement of the poured in place rubber surfacing.” Click here to read more.

Ben Allison Park, Elmhurst

Ben Allison Park
444 S West Avene
Elmhurst, IL 60126

A new playground was completed in October of 2023 as part of improvements to Ben Allison Park. Read more about the improvements, which include separate playgrounds for ages 2-5 and 5-12, as well as bench seating, swings, an omnispin spinner, a fly wheel spinner, a soft play surface with a leaf design, and more.

New Park by the Recreation Complex, Wood Dale

New park adjacent to the Wood Dale Park District Recreation Complex
Wood Dale Road and Foster Avenue
Wood Dale, IL 60191

This new park will feature playgrounds, a picnic shelter, a challenge course, game tables, PG Ball, a Pickleball court, a 40-yard dash runway, and more, all ringed by an accessible pathway. Read more about plans for the park.

Apple Orchard West Park, Bartlett

Apple Orchard West Park
696 W. Stearns Road
Bartlett, IL 60103

Playground replacement and new pickleball courts.

Kermit’s Korner Park, Bartlett

Kermit’s Korner Park
1025 W Park Place Drive
Bartlett, IL 60103

Playground replacement.

Delnor Woods Park, St. Charles

Delnor Woods Park
Wing Avenue
St. Charles, IL 60174

The east side of Delnor Park is getting a new playground with a lot of climbers and slides!

New Playgrounds Completed in 2022

Breiter-Palm Park “Playground For All”, Bensenville

photo courtesy of Bensenville Park District

Breiter-Palm Park
S Church Rd & Memorial Rd
Bensenville, IL 60106

The new playground, officially open to the public on June 18, 2022, features pour-in-place rubber playground surfacing and many play components that promote sensory, motor, cognitive, and social-emotional skills, as well as strength. The following equipment, made by Landscape Structures, can be found at this playground: Rhapsody™ Kettle Drum, Rhapsody™ Vito Metallophone, Rhapsody™ Cascata Bells, a Bobble Rider, Sway Fun Glider, We-Saw, WhirlyQ™ Spinner and Cozy Dome™ DB.

Newton Park, Glen Ellyn

Newton Park
707 Fairview Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

You’ll find a large, shaded picnic pavilion at this park with a mud-free turf surface. It was designed with inclusivity in mind and has multiple play structures for older and younger kids alike. The first inclusive playground in Glen Ellyn incorporates a variety of experiences including, musical instruments, a sensory garden, and a dedicated structure for young children ages 2-5. There is also a new bike rack, shaded seating area, and benches. The playground is currently open, but the last piece of equipment just came in and the sensory garden still needs to be planted, so stay tuned for final photos!

Candy Cane Park, Brookfield

Candy Cane Park
Park Avenue between 28th and 29th Streets
Brookfield, IL 60513

Play structures for older and younger kids, as well as a soft, spongy surface and a shaded pavilion with picnic tables. This park underwent a big renovation to include a new playground for ages 2-12 years old featuring a 33″ zipline, spinning sensory wave seats, swings, suspension bridge, slides and climbers. It also has another playground area for ages 18 months to 5 years old, concrete paths throughout the park, t-ball backstop with base paths, a tennis court, pickleball lined court, half-court basketball areas, baggo courts, and pavilion shelter.

Winston Woods, Bolingbrook

Winston Woods
200 Winston Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

A paved path meanders nearby this playground that has multiple types of swings, including an accessible swing and a two-person swing. You’ll find a shaded pavilion with picnic tables nearby, too.

Eldridge Park East Playground, Elmhurst

Eldridge Park East
363 W. Commonwealth Lane
Elmhurst, IL 60126

This big playground has structures for various ages, as well as squishy mud-free play surfaces. You’ll find another playground at Eldridge Park on the west end by the lagoon, too.

Kettering Park, Lemont

Big, brightly colored playground on a grassy turf surface.

Kettering Park
13614 Anne Drive
Lemont, IL 60439

This boldly colored neighborhood playground’s tall slides and climbing features will appeal to older kids, and there’s elements for little ones too, including an expression swing. You’ll find both shaded picnic tables and a work table with solar-powered outlets.

Briarcliffe Park, Lemont

Briarcliffe Park in Lemont, with a spongy turf surface and small play house in front of a larger play structure and swings.

Briarcliffe Park
13340 Briarcliffe Drive
Lemont, IL 60439

This new playground has a cute little playhouse, spongy turf, swings including adaptive and two-person swings, a big net climber, and a small shaded picnic table area. You’ll find a paved nature path behind the playground, too.

Bradford Park, Bolingbrook

Woodchip playground with a spin-and-stand play structure as well as a playground and swings.

Bradford Park
490 Bradford Place
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

You’ll also find a zipline at this playground near a pond and grassy space. The swings include adaptive and two-person options. Please note that GPS does not take you there. It’s on the corner of Bradford Place near Bella Vista Blvd.

Community Park, Bolingbrook

Park with a bench, woodchips, play structure, and gazebo near soccer fields.

Community Park
600 Kingsbrooke Crossing
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

This playground near a soccer field has a nice, shady gazebo with picnic tables. The swings include adaptive and two-person options. Getting to this playground is a little tricky because GPS brings you to the high school parking lot through a driveway not accessible to the public. It’s located on Kingsbrooke Crossing near Wilshire Lane.

Kingshill Park, Naperville

This new playground in Naperville has woodchips and brightly colored climbing structures.

Kingshill Park
4271 White Eagle Drive
Naperville, IL 60564

This colorful playground has some cool climbing elements we haven’t seen at other playgrounds. Set back a bit from the parking lot with White Eagle community building, this park has play structures for both toddlers and older children. It has various climbing features, ropes, lily pads to walk across, as well as a few bays of swings including one baby swing. Pack a lunch to eat in the covered picnic table shelter. There is a large field next to the playground, perfect for flying a kite or playing catch.

Frontier Sports Complex (East), Naperville

Playground at Frontier Park in Naperville with a play structure, gliding bar, and more.

Frontier Sports Complex East Playground
3415 Book Road
Naperville, IL 60564

Frontier Sports Complex is a major hub for sporting events in Naperville. Families can find two separate playground areas, the west one located at 3380 Cedar Glade Road and the east one located at 3415 Book Road. The east playground of Frontier Park received a welcome upgrade in 2022. Visitors will find both a toddler and elementary-aged climbing structures. The larger playground has shade sails, along with a hanging glider and swings. Frontier Park has bathrooms, newly installed basketball courts, soccer fields, and new pickleball courts set to be finished in summer 2023. Looking for a new playground? Head to the west side of Frontier, where you’ll find more play structures, a skate park, bathrooms, and additional sports fields.

Freedom Park, Bolingbrook

Photo of the play structures at Freedom Park in Bolingbrook.
Fitness obstacle course at Freedom Park in Bolingbrook.

Freedom Park
1600 Park Place
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

In addition to the woodchip playground with play structures for different ages and a shaded pavilion, this park has a fitness-oriented obstacle course section that ninja park lovers will appreciate.

Sunset Park, Bolingbrook

Playground with woodchips, a play structure, and a large net climber at Sunset Park in Bolingbrook.

Sunset Park
1500 Waterside Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

This brightly colored playground designed for kids 5-12 has a large net climbing structure and a swingset with one adaptive swing.

DuPage River Greenway Trail, Bolingbrook

Trail on the Bolingbrook Area Bikeway Trail.
Small play area with a tree-themed set of two swings and a frog net climber.

DuPage River Greenway Trail – Playground
569 Concord Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Located at the Royce Road Trailhead of the Bolingbrook Area Bikeway Trail, this small play area has a couple of swings and a net climber where kids can stop and play on a bike ride.

Newport Park, Bartlett

A new playground with woodchips, brightly colored play structures, and swings.

Newport Park
750 Newport Blvd.
Bartlett, IL 60103

This bright new playground has climbing structures, slides, and a swingset that includes an adaptive swing. You’ll find a T-ball court, a half basketball court, and picnic area nearby.

Camelot on Mayfair, Hanover Park

Playground with a castle theme.

Camelot on Mayfair
2090 Camden Lane
Hanover Park, IL 60133

This castle-themed playground has a zipline and a swingset with an adaptive swing, as well as a couple of picnic tables.

Four Seasons Park, Lombard

Multiple play structures at Four Seasons Park in Lombard.
Ninja-style obstacle course on artificial turf.

Four Seasons Park
Finley Road & 16th Street
Lombard, IL 60148

Four Seasons playground has quite a few different play structures for various ages, as well as a ninja-style obstacle course on artificial turf. You’ll also find picnic tables and a paved walking path that leads down to a pond. This renovated park features a challenge course and also includes rain garden plantings, fishing stations, bench seating area, soccer fields, baggo courts, pickleball courts, and woodland trails.

Dunham Place Park, Downers Grove

Dunham Place Park
71st & Dexter Road
Downers Grove, IL 60516

The existing play equipment was replaced with a new ADA-compliant playground. The new playground features a Curva Spinner to hold on to and spin and a We-Saw, which is a new take on the traditional seesaw with seating for four people plus a middle area for more friends. Completed October, 2022.

Ridgemoor Park, Willowbrook

Ridgemoor Park
6415 Quincy Street
Willowbrook, IL 60527

This neighborhood park was replaced with a new ADA compatible playground. It has a poured-in-place surface, extended concrete paths with bridges, and ADA compatible picnic table. The expression swing is great and two different slides appeal to different age groups. Completed September, 2022.

Sensory Garden Playground, Lisle

Sensory Garden Playground
2751 Navistar Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

The GT Wave climbing structure near the main playground and Gravity Rail right next to the treehouse were added Summer 2022. The GT Wave gives children plenty of opportunities to climb and then slide down and the Gravity Rail has a swing seat attached to a curved rail so you can glide through the air a couple feet off the ground. Click here to read more about this wonderful playground. Completed August, 2022.

Andover Park, Oswego

photo courtesy of Oswego Park District

Andover Park
334 Andover Drive
Oswego, IL 60504

This ADA accessible playground completed in August, 2022 is the first playground in Oswego to feature synthetic turf. In addition to the new playground, there is also a half-court basketball court, nature walk with pollinator/bird houses and interpretive signage, and picnic shelter.

Harvester Park, Burr Ridge

Harvester Park
15W400 Harvester Drive
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

You are going to love the new Route 66 playground in the back half of the park beyond the music barn and bridge. Bounce on the in-ground trampolines, climb up the Willis Tower to slide down the tube slides, balance on the surf boards, traverse between rocks in the Grand Canyon section, hang out with Mater, and climb around. Click here for a full overview of the playground with photos. Completed July, 2022.

Irma Butler Tot Lot at Robbins Park, Hinsdale

Irma Butler Tot Lot
415 W 8th Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

The playground equipment and surface was completed at the end of April, 2022 to include a four-person toddler seesaw, small slides, climbing, clubhouse, and two baby swings on artificial turf.

Centennial Park, Elmhurst

Centennial Park
155 E. St. Charles Road
Elmhurst IL 60126

This new playground opened in July 2022 next to the Adult Center building and includes an ages 5-12 playground, zipline, net climber, swings, green-roof covered picnic area, fountains, adult fitness equipment, and green space. Click here to see all the features of the park as well as info on when the fountains run.

New Playgrounds in 2021

The Glen, Lombard

The Glen at Glenbriar Park
21W730 Butterfield Road
Lombard, IL  60148

The Glen has a new challenge course, waterfall with seating, fireplace, winding paved paths, new pavilion, music area, and more. The park is open as of Friday, June 18, 2021. Click here to read more and see photos.

Spring Rock Park Splash Pad, Western Springs

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

A new splash pad was added to Spring Rock Park in the middle of the playground and was completed on June 1, 2021. If you are looking for more splash pads, be sure to check out our Splash Pad Guide with hours and features of each one!

Plimmer Park, Bolingbrook

Plimmer Park
401 Lily Cache Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

This playground features a friendship swing and new equipment to climb, swing, and slide. Opened May 5, 2021.

Walker Park, Burr Ridge

Walker Park
7425 S. Wolf Road
Burr Ridge, IL 60527

There’s a new Challenge Course in the style of American Ninja Warrior, designed for kids 13 years old and up at Walker Park. Pleasant Dale Park District also renovated their 5-12 year old playground to include a disc net climber with double swoosh slide, tight-rope bridge, boogie board, and a sky rail climber. The mulch has also been replaced with poured-in-place rubber surfacing. Completed in January, 2021. Click here to see more photos of Walker Park.

Drafke Park, Bolingbrook

Drafke Park
1125 Quail Run
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Opened May 14, 2021.

Ivanhoe Park, Bolingbrook

Ivanhoe Park
190 Falconridge Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Opened May 21, 2021.

Co-Op Park, Glen Ellyn

photo courtesy of Glen Ellyn Park District

Co-Op Park
515 Wilson Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

This playground project included a new playground and A.D.A. enhancements and improved connectivity and opened Memorial Day weekend, 2021.

The Forest, Bolingbrook

The Forest
1399 Carriage Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Opened June 8, 2021.

Free To Be Me Inclusive Playground, Bartlett

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 and includes a wheelchair accessible section and ground-level merry-go-round, equipment for ages 5-12 years old, music area, swings, and center garden . As more funds become available, the foundation plans to continue adding improvements, such as ADA accessible bathrooms. It’s also featured in our Inclusive Playgrounds article.

Sweetbriar Park, Westchester

Sweetbriar Park
2436 Sweetbriar Lane
Westchester, IL 60154

Opened at the end of Summer 2021.

Rehm Park, Oak Park

Rehm Park
515 Garfield Street
Oak Park, IL 60304

The renovated park now has synthetic turf in the playground area, a picnic pavilion, restroom, and game area in the southwest corner with a ping pong table, baggo and relocated Gaga pit from the east side of the park. The existing trees stayed as well as the famous train, which really rounds out this playground. Click here to read about our combo trip with Rehm Park and Oak Park Conservatory. The renovation was completed in September, 2021.

Memorial Park, La Grange Park

Memorial Park
La Grange Road and Harding Avenue
La Grange Park, IL 60526

While the playground is remaining the same, playground games was added, including a mini-race track, tetherball, gaga ball, and a little fun fitness walk. A multi-sport court is also new and includes re-finished tennis courts, three new pickleball courts, and a National Fitness Court. This great addition to the park was completed in October, 2021.

Century Park, Bolingbrook

Century Park
1675 Apple Valley Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

New Playgrounds in 2020

Community Center Park, Westchester

Community Center Park
10201 Bond Street
Westchester, IL 60154

This bright playground has a new rubbery surface, two playgrounds for different age groups, a friendship swing, and hopscotch play area. There is also a chess table and two permanent bags games nearby. Completed in June, 2020.

Central Park, Bolingbrook

Central Park
201 Recreation Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

River Bend Playground, Bolingbrook

River Bend Playground
1940 Danube Way
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

95th Street Community Plaza, Naperville

95th Street Community Plaza
3109 Cedar Glade Drive
Naperville, IL 60564

The new playground at 95th Street Community Plaza opened on July 1 and is right next to the 95th Street library- it shares a parking lot. There is tons of equipment, a splash pad, and shaded picnic tables.

Indian Boundary, Bolingbrook

Indian Boundary
990 W. Boughton Road
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Indian Chase Meadows, Bolingbrook

Indian Chase Meadows
525 Phesant Chase Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Remington Lakes, Bolingbrook

Remington Lakes
811 W. Remington Boulevard
Bolingbrook, IL 60490

Lester Community Park, Downers Grove

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

Lester Community Park, comprised of two new vibrant playgrounds on either side of Lester Elementary School in Downers Grove opened for play on August 18, 2020. These inclusive playgrounds provide equipment that is accessible to children of all abilities and developmental levels. Click here to see more photos and an overview of both playgrounds.

Discovery Playground, Lisle

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

With the help of the nonprofit, Unlimited Play, and a generous donation from Lisle Partners for Parks Foundation, this universally accessible playground includes a club house, wide ramps, two ziplines, and more. Completed August 31, 2020.

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park, Naperville

Wolf’s Crossing Community Park
3252 Wolf’s Crossing Road
Naperville, IL 60564

This new space opened in October, 2020 and brings year-round fun with a sled hill, ice skating rink when weather allows, and a splash pad, along with new playground equipment for all ages. ⁠Some highlights include a zipline, huge climbing structure, outdoor musical instruments, and even a section for littles (pictured here). Click here for all the details with photographs.

Spring Rock Park Treehouse Deck, Western Springs

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

A treehouse deck was added to Spring Rock Park in Western Springs, just south of the playground that was built in 2018. You can also check out the new tennis courts that were completed in June, 2020 as well.

Ide’s Grove West Park, Woodridge

Ide’s Grove West Park
1825 Compton Road
Woodridge, IL 60517

Ide’s Grove West now has playgrounds for both preschoolers and elementary age kids with a zipline, swings, slides on hills, and accessible walks. Renovation complete on October 29, 2020.

New Playgrounds in 2019

Hoopers Hollow Park, Downers Grove

Hoopers Hollow Park
Chicago and Cornell Avenues
Downers Grove, IL 60515

This playground was completed in Fall 2019 and includes two playground structures (one for ages 2-5 and one for 5-12), multiple climbers and slides, and an Omni spinner. There isn’t a parking lot for this park, but there is a gravel area off to the side of Chicago Avenue or you can park in the neighborhood.

Jaycee Playground at the Riverwalk, Naperville

Jaycee Playground at the Riverwalk
912 Sindt Court
Naperville, IL 60540

This completely renovated playground (completed in October 2019) features new play structures, swings, surfacing, and stand-alone play structures.

Salt Creek Park, Elmhurst

Salt Creek Park
574 W. 2nd Street
Elmhurst, IL 60126

On a sunny day light streams through the colorful sculpture in the middle! There are plenty of climbing opportunities, a cute little playhouse along the fence and a friendship swing. Salt Creek Park was completed in October, 2019.

Willowbrook Park, Villa Park

Willowbrook Park
200 W. Highridge Road
Villa Park, IL 60181

Willowbrook Park is located right behind Willowbrook High School. You can park in the high school parking lot and walk across a small bridge to access this fun park with interactive features and two zip lines. This playground was completed in October, 2019.

North Terrace Park, Villa Park

North Terrace Park
300 N. Westmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181

North Terrace Park is located on the north side of the train tracks. It has a small parking lot with a path that leads around a pond with a small fountain (and usually ducks) to the new playground with colorful equipment and a couple swings, completed in May, 2019.

Prairie Patch Play Area, Wheaton

Prairie Patch Play Area
1000 W. Lincoln Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187

Located at the Lincoln Marsh east entrance and completed in April 2019, this nature playground has opportunities to climb and crawl, gather rocks, stroll down a mini-nature trail, and enjoy a covered picnic area, little library, nature art, playhouse, and music features.

Chesterfield Park, Oswego

photo courtesy of the Oswegoland Park District

Chesterfield Park
139 Chesterfield Drive
Oswego, IL 60543

Hidden Creek Park, Aurora

photo courtesy of the Oswegoland Park District

Hidden Creek Park
1800 Pontarelli Court
Aurora, IL 60504

Wormley Heritage Park, Oswego

Wormley Heritage Park
331 Century Drive
Oswego, IL 60543

Two large handicap-accessible playgrounds were constructed in August 2019. They are shared with School District 308, therefore unavailable for use during school hours.

Heritage Park, Bolingbrook

Heritage Park
702 Paxson Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Five elevated play activities accessible by transfer for ages 5-12 years and three elevated play activities accessible by transfer for 2-12 years. There are 12 ground level activities for ages 5-12 years and 2 ground level activities for 2-12 years.

Jaycee Park, Bolingbrook

Jaycee Park
550 Lily Cache Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

This playground has great opportunities to climb, swing, and slide.

Lily Cache Park, Bolingbrook

Lily Cache Park
Parkside Drive and Lakewood Farms Drive
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Lily Cache has a zip line, fun dragon, spinner, and shade structure over playground (pictured above).

Poplar Park, Bolingbrook

Poplar Park
870 Poplar Lane
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Featuring some natural components, a rock climbing area, and tall slide, this playground is designed for ages 5-12 years old.

Remington Park, Bolingbrook

Remington Park
811 Remington Boulevard
Bolingbrook, IL 60440

Six elevated play features are accessible by transfer and this playground also has 14 ground level activities.

New Playgrounds in 2018

The Sandlot: A Universal Playground, Oak Brook

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

There is something for every age and ability at this playground that is accessible for all. The entire playground has a pour and play surface, so no mulch to contend with. Click here to read our full profile on this wonderful playground that was completed in August 2018.

Darien Community Playground, Darien

Darien Community Playground
7100 Clarendon Hills Road
Darien, IL 60561

This playground features a soft, rubbery surface and is completely fenced in with an area with climbing equipment and another section with interactive play houses, completed June, 2018. Click here to read our full playground profile of Darien Community Playground.

Willow Pond Park and Splash Pad, Willowbrook

Willow Pond Park
Plainfield Rd. and Adams St.
Willowbrook, IL 60527 

This park sits on a pond and has a playground with soft, rubbery surface and a splash pad with small fountains perfect for little ones. Click here to read our full playground profile of Willow Pond Park.

Prospect Park, Clarendon Hills

Prospect Park
323 Chicago Avenue
Clarendon Hills, IL 60514

This popular park was completed in March of 2018 and features a natural theme with bright and colorful green slides and climbing equipment.

Cantigny Park, Wheaton

Cantigny Park
1S151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Farmington Park, Naperville

Farmington Park
2331 Remington Drive
Naperville, IL 60565

The three sections of this playground include one small structure for the toddler set, larger equipment with a slide, and a climbing area, completed in June 2018.

Spring Rock Park, Western Springs

Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

Spring Rock Park was completed in June 2018 with many play structures, a climbing web, two zip lines, and layered climbing structure.

Century Farms Park, Naperville

Century Farms Park
715 Sigmund Road
Naperville, IL 60563

Pembroke Park, Naperville

Pembroke Park
28 Pembroke Road
Naperville, IL 60540

University Heights Park, Naperville

University Heights Park
1315 River Oak Drive
Naperville, IL 60565

In addition to the great equipment pictured above, this playground also has swings and a spinning ride.

Yorkshire Manor Park, Naperville

Yorkshire Manor Park
1031 Buckingham Drive
Naperville, IL 60563

Conrad Fischer Park, Elmhurst

Conrad Fischer Park
200 E Diversey Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

Completed in August 2018, the playground at Conrad Fischer Park was redeveloped to expand climbing opportunities and focuses on ages 2-5 years old.

President’s Park, Glen Ellyn

President’s Park
265 Cumnor Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

This new playground has an expression swing, small climbing wall, slides, and swings and was completed in October, 2018.

Main Street Recreation Center, Glen Ellyn

Main Street Recreation Center
501 Hill Avenue
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

New elements of the playground completed in October 2018 include a shade structure, Smart Play Club House, disc challenge, spider web climber, an 8ft high slide, chimes/bongos, canyon climber, and omni spin.

Robert Bernas Park, Westmont

Robert Bernas Park
5716 South Wilmette
Westmont, IL 60559

In addition to the new playground, a permenant restroom building, pavilion, bike path around the wetland area, and a boardwalk with bridge were added. There is a sledding hill for the winter months at the park. This project also included Westmont’s first fishing pier!

New Playgrounds in 2017

We had the chance to check out some brand new playgrounds in the western suburbs and it was so fun to see what the park districts have been working on for the community! Photographs are included below so you can see all the fun you and your kids can have at these new playgrounds!

Euclid Square Park, Oak Park

Euclid Square Park
705 Fillmore Street
Oak Park, IL 60304

This new playground was completed at the end of August, 2017 and features a soft, permeable rubbery surface, two areas of equipment, and built-in mounds for climbing, which have quickly become a favorite. It is fenced-in with the exception of an opening near the adjacent tennis courts. There is also a small sled hill at this park, so you can look forward to that this winter!

Heritage Park, Oakbrook Terrace

Heritage Park
1S325 Ardmore Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181

The renovation of Heritage Park completed in October, 2017, includes tennis courts, sand volleyball and a shelter, outdoor fitness equipment, a net climber, basketball courts and a large playground. There is a parking lot right next to the playground area, which makes it very convenient. The huge equipment is great for older kids, while the adjacent area is perfect for little ones!

Central Park, Wood Dale

photo courtesy of Wood Dale Park District

Central Park
Central Avenue and Elmhurst Street
Wood Dale, IL 60191

Completed in October 2017, The new Central Park features an array of new amenities including, a new interactive playground, walking paths, basketball court, picnic shelter, game court area, landscaping (trees and rain gardens), regraded play field, and benches.

Plunkett Park, Elmhurst

Plunkett Park
186 S West Avenue
Elmhurst, IL 60126

This beautiful playground surrounded by trees features an Expression Swing, which is a swing with an adult and toddler seat so you can swing together, and artificial turf that is soft to walk on. There are two sections for different age groups. The park officially opened on November 4, 2017.

Laidlaw Park, Western Springs

Laidlaw Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

This playground across the street from Laidlaw Elementary School features a zipline, train, and a lot of opportunities to climb, slide, and spin.

Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn

Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Mature trees and a lake surround this playground completed in 2017.

Summerlakes Park, Warrenville

Summerlakes Park
3010 Talbot Avenue
Warrenville, IL 60555

This park, also known as the American Ninja Warrior Playground was completed in the summer of 2017 and has a timed obstacle course with nearby traditional play equipment.

Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground, Schaumburg

Bison’s Bluff Nature Playground
Spring Valley Nature Center & Heritage Farm
1111 E Schaumburg Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

This unique playground opened in April 2017 and features natural materials, including logs, boulders, sand, and water, as well as nature-themed play structures. Click here for our review.

We also have great lists of different types of playgrounds depending on the ages of your kids and what you are looking for! Check out our full guide to playgrounds in the western suburbs, including mulch-free playgrounds, fenced-in parks for toddlers, parks with sand, a walking playground tour, best parks with walking paths, and the best parks for elementary school-ages kids.

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