Spring Rock Park, the flagship park of Western Springs Park District, sits on 41.7 acres of land on the west side of the village along the train tracks. The main playground is along Burlington Avenue and is full of kid-friendly fun, including a splash pad, various sections of playground equipment, treehouse deck, sandbox with a digger, picnic tables, permanent restroom facilities, and plenty of shaded areas with picnic tables.
Spring Rock Park Playground
The main playground in Spring Rock Park was replaced in 2018 and was wonderfully done to accommodate all ages.
The park has two seated ziplines:
We like the variety of swings at Spring Rock Park!
This multi-level climbing structure is right next to the swings and has nice shade.
There is also a section of this playground with toddler equipment, including a seesaw and smaller slides.
Spring Rock Park Treehouse Deck
The treehouse deck was added during the summer of 2020 and has a ramp going up to the deck, as well as a rope climbing web. It’s a nice place to play a game or have a picnic.
Western Springs Splash Pad
The splash pad is in the center of the playground and the water starts by touching the activation button. There are various sprays, including a butterfly that squirts water from its mouth, with a concrete surface. The spray in the center has handles so kids can rotate it. It was completed in June 2021 and has been a big hit ever since!
The hours of the splash pad are subject to change due to village water restrictions during times of drought, so your best bet is to check the Spring Rock Park page on the Western Springs Park District website or their social accounts.
Spring Rock Park has a permanent restroom building with two bathrooms and a vending machine outside.
Gathering Places at Spring Rock Park
Besides the picnic tables scattered around the park, Spring Rock Park also has a covered picnic shelter and pergola with a fireplace.
Contact Barb Kartzmark if you are interested in renting these areas.
Western Springs Tennis
Tennis is big in Western Springs and four new courts were built in 2020 to consolidate the tennis center, which now has seven courts with a shade structure and seating in the middle. If you are interested in playing in an organized tennis league or joining the drills, head to the recreation department for details. Otherwise, you are welcome to use the courts when they are open.
A little known fact, unless you have kids that play baseball or softball, is that there is another playground at Spring Rock Park! It’s smaller than the main playground, but a nice place to have in your back pocket if you need a break from the crowds. This second playground can be found between the lower parking lot and the inline hockey rink, near all of the baseball diamonds.
Pickleball is Coming!
Western Springs Park District is partnering with the Rotary Club of Western Springs to install eight pickleball courts on the west end of the park with a shaded pavilion in the middle.
More Features of Spring Rock Park
Besides everything we outlined above, Spring Rock Park also has two full size soccer fields, one full-sized football/lacrosse/soccer field that is lighted and one smaller football field, five little league fields, two of which are lighted and two that can be used for softball, a basketball court, walking paths, a butterfly garden and flower garden maintained by the Western Springs Garden Club.
Location and Parking
The address for Spring Rock Park is listed as 4400 Central Avenue in Western Springs, but that will take you to the administrative building on the corner of Central and Burlington Avenues. Please note that this small parking lot is for employees only. The main parking lot for the park is up on the hill, accessible from Central Avenue. There are also spaces along Burlington Avenue (the train tracks), across from the tennis courts. Please note that a section of those spots are for commuters with a permit, so make sure to read the signs.
Spring Rock Park has been voted one of the best playgrounds in the western suburbs for the last few years. You can also check out our Splash Pad Guide for other local splash pads and details for each one.