The latest in our “Great Parks” series is a spot that’s great for kids who want to climb or play in the sand – or both!
Name and address/location of the park and what park system it belongs to:
Country Lakes Park is part of the Naperville Park District. It’s located at 1835 North Aurora Road in Naperville.
Is the parking nearby?
Yes, there is a parking lot by the park.
Can you describe the playground? Anything special it offers?
This is a really large park, there is a sand play area and lots of opportunities for climbing.
What type of playground surface? Cushion, mulch, sand, etc?
There is a combination of rubber cushion and mulch.
Is there a separate playground for toddlers?
Not really, there are some smaller areas but there isn’t a separate toddler area. Everything is connected, so there are some areas that are hard to quickly get to. If you have a really little one, this might not be the best park for them.
Is there a paved trail or path good for walking or riding bikes and scooters?
Yes, there is a path that goes around a baseball field.
What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
My 5 year old loved all the different things to climb on here. She’s been getting a lot more bold this year at parks, and this one offered her plenty of chances to climb. My younger daughter immediately went to the sand area and spent most of her time there. They both really loved this park, and I don’t think they had a least favorite part.
What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
I liked the big variety of equipment. It’s a really large park and had things that both of them really loved. However, the size did make it a little bit harder to navigate and keep an eye on two kids. We came here with my husband so we ended up splitting up most of the time and each being on opposite ends of the playground. This worked well with having one adult per child, but I do think this park would be more difficult if I was there alone.
Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We went on a Saturday after we got lunch in Naperville and it really wasn’t too bad. It’s within walking distance of a neighborhood of townhouses so I would expect that on nice days there’s always a lot of people coming and going.
Are there public bathrooms?
There was a port-a-potty across the parking lot.
What ages to you feel this park is best for?
I think this park is probably better for the preschool and up crowd. There really isn’t anything that I felt uncomfortable with my toddler playing on, but it is just laid out in such a way that it’s more difficult to follow along than other parks I’ve been to.
Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
A friend had told me about this park so we stopped by one weekend after getting lunch in Naperville. It’s not too far away from the Rt. 59 area.
It was a pretty hot day so we didn’t stay as long as we would have normally because there isn’t a ton of shade over the playground. It’s a nice neighborhood park and was a lot larger than I expected. The park wasn’t too busy but there were quite a few other families coming and going the whole time we were there.
My daughters both had a ton of fun, especially with all the riding toys and climbing equipment. The park has a nice variety of equipment with a few more unique pieces you don’t normally see at parks.
There’s a large sand play area and my younger daughter was disappointed we didn’t bring any sand toys. We will definitely be coming back again (on a less sunny day) with a picnic and some sand toys and we’ll spend more time here!