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Lilacia Park

Lilacia Park

We have so many wonderful parks in our area located throughout the community, and include large sports complexes, small neighborhood parks, acres of open space, more than 75 playgrounds, splash parks, dog parks and miles and miles of trails. Get outside, and find your next adventure.  


Glen Ellyn

Ackerman Park
800 St. Charles Rd.
An athletic hub in Glen Ellyn, Ackerman Park features six lighted baseball diamonds, eight youth baseball/softball fields, multiple soccer fields, and a sand volleyball court. In addition, the park features a playground, shelter, picnic tables, a connection to the Great Western Trail, and a wood-chipped trail. Ackerman Park is also home to Ackerman Sports and Fitness Center. A large parking lot and temporary restrooms (April-October) are available.

Foxcroft Park
2S540 Lambert Rd. 
Situated on 3-acre Lake Foxcroft, the park features a playground, open shelter, picnic tables, a large open play area, a paved walking path, and a fishing pier (catch-and-release only). A small parking lot is available as well as portable restrooms (April/May-November 1, weather dependent). Lake Foxcroft Park is also home to a sustainable garden surrounding the entrance sign.

Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lennox Rd.
Situated along beautiful Lake Ellyn, this 25-acre park features a large open play area, playground, drinking fountain, two clay tennis courts, catch-and-release fishing, natural restoration area, a veterans' memorial, and a picnic area with grills. An almost mile-long trail winds through the park and around the perimeter of the lake allowing visitors to enjoy a picturesque view while jogging or biking. Street parking is available as well as a year-round public restroom. The park is also home to the historically restored Lake Ellyn Boathouse. In the winter, outdoor ice skating is available on the lake, weather permitting.

Maryknoll Park
846 Pershing
This 24.5-acre park is your one-stop destination for family fun. In addition to an adventure playground and the Holes and Knolls Mini Golf Course, Maryknoll Park boasts the following features: splash park, platform tennis, 75-foot Berliner cable ride, bean bags, bocce ball courts, horseshoe pit, open play area, picnic pavilion, party pavilion (available for rent), and nine-hole disc golf course. A large parking lot is available, as well as, restrooms within the Maryknoll Clubhouse.

Newton Park
707 Fairview Ave.
The 25-acre park is home to the Bill Pope Memorial Synthetic Turf Field, two natural grass football/lacrosse fields, one official-size baseball fields (lighted), two tennis courts (with pickleball lines), a basketball court, and the Skate Park. In addition, the park features a playground, open play area, picnic area/shelter, year-round public restrooms, and multiple parking lots. In the winter, two unsupervised, outdoor ice rinks and a sled hill are available (weather permitting).
  
Village Green Park
130 S. Lambert
This 30-acre park is an athletic hub in Glen Ellyn. The park is home to four official-size baseball diamonds (lighted), four youth baseball/softball fields, a soccer/lacrosse field, a basketball court and two tennis court (with pickle-ball lines). In addition, the park features a playground with spray area, two picnic shelters, drinking fountain, and the Park District's Community Garden Plots. Plenty of parking is available as well as temporary restrooms (April-October).


Lombard

Four Seasons Park
Finley Road and 16th Street
Four Seasons is one of the District’s biggest parks that welcomes visitors from all surrounding areas. Four Seasons is home to Lombard Park District’s Log Cabin rental facility which hosts annual special events like Family Camp Out. Other popular attractions in the park include a fishing pond, numerous athletic fields and courts, playgrounds, and areas for picnicking. Be sure to visit Four Seasons in the wintertime for sledding!
 
Lilacia Park
150 S. Park 
Lilacia Park is world-renown horticultural showcase that features over 700 lilacs and 25,000 tulips annually. The park has numerous benches, walking paths, commemorative bricks, historic structures, scenic lookout areas and more. Lilacia Park hosts many special events each year including the Mutt Strut Annual 5K and 1-Mile, Movies and Concerts in the Park, Jingle Bell Jubilee, Holiday Lights, and more. Host your wedding at Lilacia Park! 
 
Lombard Common
433 E. St. Charles Rd.
Lombard Common is one of the District’s larger parks frequented by visitors from all surrounding areas. Lombard Common is home to the award-winning Paradise Bay Water Park, Lombard Community Building, a challenging suburban nine-hole disc golf course, multiple playgrounds, athletic fields and two full-size basketball courts. The park is also used for many major park district programs and special events from seasonal Teen Dances and Fall Fest, to T-ball, senior programs and more.

Lombard Lagoon Park
430 Marcus Dr.
Lombard Lagoon is a favorite park for nearby residents park-goers. It features a large shallow lagoon with native plants and boulders along the shoreline. The park’s landscape is accented by a boathouse-style structure, available for rent year-round with waterfront views.
 
Madison Meadow
500 E. Wilson Ave.
Madison Meadow is one of the District’s largest parks frequented by visitors from all surrounding areas. Madison Meadow is home to the state-of-the-art Madison Meadow Athletic Center, a popular suburban 18-hole disc golf course, multiple playgrounds, athletic fields and a full-size basketball court, skate park and so much more!
 
Sunset Knoll Park
820 Finley Rd.
Sunset Knoll is among the most popular parks to visit in Lombard. The park houses numerous year-round amenities from a free splash pad and sledding hill, to all-season bags courts and spacious athletic fields. Sunset Knoll is also home to Sunset Knoll Recreation Center, the Lombard Park District’s primary registration facility. 


Wheaton

Adams Park
303 W. Wesley St.
The park dates back to the 1940s. Upon the death of Katharine Adams Wells in 1942, she willed that her house be torn down and the city turn the land into a park. The city accepted the land and dedicated Adams Park in 1943. The park's original fountain is still in the middle of the park. Visitors come to sit and relax, walk and exercise.

Cosley Zoo
1356 N. Gary Ave., Wheaton, IL
Cosley Zoo gives visitors up-close interactions with nature right in the heart of the suburbs. Nestled on 5 acres, Cosley Zoo is home to farm animals and native Illinois wildlife. Visitors will discover exhibits that immerse them in natural habitats for white-tailed deer, red fox, Blanding’s turtles, a bobcat, a coyote, a black-crowned night heron, and more.

Herrick Lake Forest Preserve
3S580 Naperville Rd.
The 887-acre Herrick Lake Forest Preserve in Wheaton is one of the Forest Preserve District’s most popular preserves. Hikers, bicyclers, horseback riders and cross-country skiers can enjoy more than 7 miles of trails, including a section of nationally designated Danada-Herrick Lake Regional Trail. A path around the lake connects both parking lots to the picnic grounds and the trailhead, and additional trails cut through central and southern parts of the preserve. There is also catch-and-release fishing, boat and canoe rentals and more.

Memorial Park
208 W. Union Ave.
Very nice small park with an amphitheater. Perfect spot for a short walk from downtown Wheaton. Plenty of shade, a beautiful garden and some historical marks explaining the history of this lovely. A great place to enjoy an evening of live music.    

Northside Park
1300 N. West S.
This park has tennis courts, baseball field, a great public pool, walking paths, children’s playground, zip line, a fishing lagoon and ice-skating pond and sledding hill in the winter. It's a nice place to enjoy a serene atmosphere and to bird watch.

Seven Gables Park 
1750 S. Naperville Rd.
Many soccer games will be played at Seven Gables. In addition to the soccer fields, there are tennis and basketball courts, playgrounds, a lake for fishing, and several trails. Definitely a popular on the weekends!  


Playgrounds

Glen Ellyn
Babcock Grove Park, 324 Linden St.
Co-Op Park, 515 Wilson Ave.
Danby Park, 280 Duane St.
Frank Johnson Park, 490 Kenilworth Ave.
Glen Ellyn Manor Park, 375 Illinois St.
Glen Oak Park, 350 Woodstock Ave.
Main Street Recreation Center, 501 Hill Ave.
Marie Ulhorn/Presidents Park, 265 Cumnor Ave.
Panfish Playground, located near Harding Avenue and South Ellyn Avenue
Spalding Park, 22W325 Second St.
Stacy Park, 50 Geneva Rd.
Sunset Park, 483 Fairview Ave.
Surrey Park, 95 Surrey Dr.
Walnut Glen Park, 860 Walnut St.
  
Lombard
Crescent Tot Lot, 442 Crescent Blvd.
Edison Park, West Morris Avenue and South Edson Avenue
Old Grove, Michelle Lane and Lewis Avenue
Southland Park, Grace Street and Central Avenue
Terrace View, Elizabeth Street and Greenfield Avenue
Vista Ponds, Edgewood Avenue and Greenfield Avenue East, Maple Street and South Ahrens Court
Westmore Woods, East Maple Street and South Ahrens Court

Wheaton
Atten Park, 1720 S. Wiesbrook Rd.
Briar Knoll Park, 500 Tennyson Dr.
Briar Patch Park, 1700 Briarcliffe Blvd.
Brighton Park, 1297 Brighton Dr.
Central Park, 600 S. Main St.
Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Rd.
Hillside Tot Lot, 430 E. Willow Ave.
Hoffman Park, North Prospect Street and Hill Avenue
Kelly Park, 1100 S. Main St.
Lincoln Marsh Natural Area, Harrison Street and Pierce Avenue
Rathje Park, 616 Delles Rd.
Scottdale Park, 1855 Scottdale Cir.
Triangle Park, 1100 Crescent St.
Toohey Park, 1900 Orchard Rd.

 
Water Parks

Lombard
Spray Park, South Lincoln Avenue and West St. Charles Road

Glen Ellyn
Splash Park, 845 Pershing Ave.

Wheaton
Northside Park Pool, 1509 N. West St.
Rice Lake Pool, 1777 S. Blanchard


Dog Park
Spring Avenue Dog Park, 185 Spring Ave., Glen Ellyn
 

Nature

Glen Ellyn
Benjamin Gault Bird Sanctuary, located on Forest Avenue between Hawthorn Boulevard and Linden Street

Prairie Path Park, located along the Prairie Path between Forest Avenue and Park Boulevard

Lombard
Babcock’s Grove Memorial Garden, Park Road at Washington Boulevard
Broadview Slough, Broadview Avenue and Crystal Avenue
Eastview Terrace, South Charlotte Street and Eastview Terrace

Wheaton
Albright Park, 2350 Albright Ln.
Appleby Park, 2314 Appleby Dr.
Arrowhead Park, North of 2S166 Burning Trl.
Blacksmith Park, 2191 Blacksmith Dr.
Chatham Park, 1913 Chatham Dr.
Clydesdale Park, 1845 Clydesdale Dr.
Dorset Park, 2068 Dorset Dr.
Firefighter’s Park, 301 Fapp Cir.
Hawthorne Junction, 601 Wakeman Ave.
Jefferson Park, 130 N Hazelton Ave.
Lincoln Park, Alchester Drive and Haverhill Drive
Madison Park, 1321 Creekside Dr.
Orchard Park, 741 Elmwood Dr.
Prairie Path Park, 620 W. Park Ave.
Ridge Park, 660 Dorset Dr.
Sunnyside Park, 1120 Coolidge Ave.
W.W. Stevens Park, 525 Western Ave.
Westhaven Park, 1010 Courtenay Dr.
Wexford Park, 2000 Wexford Cir.
Willow Point Conservatory, Jerome Avenue and Willow Road
  

Local Tip:
"I so much enjoy going to Lake Ellyn Park for years now. Love walking all around the lake and looking at the views. The playground is great for little ones. Boat house looks great, and like watching people catch little fish and release. Probably some of the most favorite things is all the mature trees. It's so calm there that it is easy to relax. Lots of people with hammocks just chillin', and a lot of the houses around Lake Ellyn are pretty spectacular, so even great views on both sides when walking around the park and lake." – Vicky K.