I recently spent some time walking around Central Park in Oak Brook, which is where the Oak Brook Park District Family Recreation Center is. When walking the paths I came across multiple playgrounds. What a great area to do a walking playground tour!
The longest loop is 1.29 miles and takes you around the entire property, going near three different playgrounds. There are also separate individual loops for Central Park West (see the pink trail below) and the Tennis Center (the orange trail), both of which have playgrounds adjacent to the buildings, so you can tailor your walk based on how much time you have or how much your kids are up for.
It’s a great way to get some exercise, enjoy the peaceful trails lined by trees, and have your kids get some play time in. Something for everyone! To park by Central Park West, enter the Park District property off Jorie Boulevard, keep driving all the way through. You will find the several parking lots along the way- the Central Park West lot is at the very end. There are signs to guide you as well.
The surface of the playground at Central Park West is astroturf that bounces back when you walk on it. There’s a pond with fish and a little waterfall too!
There are two sets of playground equipment at the Tennis Center.
One of the playgrounds behind the Family Recreation Center is shaped like a boat and has a rubbery surface and the other, larger playground has equipment for all different age groups with a mulch surface.
You can end your walking playground tour at Splash Island, which has many different types of sprays, slides, water buckets, and fountains. Click here for more information about the Aquatic Center, along with admission rates.
You can pick up a map at the Recreation Center building, or click on the image below and the map will open in a new tab so you can print it at home.