Exciting New Playgrounds in the Western Suburbs

We’ve heard from almost all of the park districts now that playgrounds are open! Please note that they are not being sanitized regularly, so they are “use at your own risk”. (We have included overall guidelines below.) Our wonderful local park districts have been busy planning and executing playground replacements! Check out the new playgrounds that were just completed as well as those that will be ready for play in the coming months. We also included information from the past years below in case you haven’t visited those yet too.

Keep in mind that as places and activities are opening, we will be giving families information about what is available. It should go without saying, but you should only do what you feel comfortable with. We support you either way!


  • stay home if you are feeling sick
  • wash or sanitize hands frequently
  • keep physical distance from other users outside of your household
  • come back to play another time if there are more people at the playground than the posted capacity
  • cover coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue or cough and sneeze into the elbow rather than hands, and throw tissues away after use; wash or sanitize hands after coughing or sneezing
  • wear cloth face coverings or masks (except children under age two)

New Playgrounds in 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.

Construction in Progress

The Glen, Lombard
new challenge course, waterfall, fireplace, walking paths, and more

McCollum Park, Downers Grove
new sprayground

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

Memorial Park, La Grange Park

Spring Rock Park, Western Springs
new splash pad

Rehm Park, Oak Park

Andover Park, Oswego (334 Andover Drive)

Co-Op Park, Glen Ellyn

Drafke Park, Bolingbrook (1125 Quail Run)

The Forest, Bolingbrook (1399 Carriage Ln.)

Ivanhoe Park, Bolingbrook (190 Falconridge Way)

Plimmer Park, Bolingbrook (401 Lily Cache Ln.)

Century Park, Bolingbrook (1675 Apple Valley Dr.)

Slated for Completion in 2022

Newton Park, Glen Ellyn

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.

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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, Western Springs

A treehouse is being 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 of this year.

Coming in October, 2020

  • Ide’s Grove West Park, Woodridge (1825 Compton Road)

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

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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

photo courtesy of Clarendon Hills Park District

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.

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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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