The latest in our “Great Parks” series is Dryden Park, sometimes called “Turtle Park” because it features a large concrete turtle statue. It is located near Sunset Fitness Center. I absolutely love this park for smaller kids!
Name and address/location of the park and what park system it belongs to:
Dryden Park is part of the Geneva Park District and is located at 603 Western Avenue in Geneva.
Is the parking nearby?
There is not a parking lot but there is street parking available.
Can you describe the playground? Anything special it offers?
Dryden Park is a fairly typical playground, there isn’t any particularly unique equipment, but it’s still one of our favorites. It has all the park essentials like swings and slides, and it very easily accessible and clean.
What type of playground surface? Cushion, mulch, sand, etc?
Is there a separate playground for toddlers?
Yes, there is a smaller little toddler area that is absolutely perfect for my 2 year old!
Is there a paved trail or path good for walking or riding bikes and scooters?
There are some sidewalks around but it would probably be good for tricycles, not older kids riding bikes.
What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
Their favorite is probably the teeter totter that you stand on, they love it! The tires underneath make it easy for them to climb on and it’s a fun thing that most parks don’t have. They also both love the turtle statue!
The only thing about this park is that on a really sunny day, some of the slides get pretty hot. There were a couple that were in direct sunlight that my daughter said were too hot to go down.
What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
There really isn’t any equipment I worry about my kids being on and they can navigate most of it themselves. There’s a lot of space for just running around and there’s some benches and tables for sitting. It’s not located too far from downtown Geneva so it’s a nice little stop if you’re in the area.
My least favorite is probably the parking situation, parking is on the street and only on the side that the park is on. But really, it’s a pretty minor complaint!
Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We’ve been here quite a bit and there’s usually at least a few other families. The last time we went one particularly sunny afternoon it was very crowded.
Are there public bathrooms?
There is a port-a-potty. You could also visit the Sunset Community Center across the street for bathrooms, water fountains and vending machines, but that would be about a five-minute walk.
Is there shade over the playground? Is there shade for a picnic?
There are some covered picnic tables and some tress for shade.
What ages to you feel this park is best for?
I really love this park for my girls, they’re 5 and 2 and it’s absolutely perfect for them. There isn’t anything that is too big for them to handle. I definitely think this park is best for the younger crowds.
Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
We have always had really great experiences at Dryden Park, even when there are a lot of kids it isn’t overwhelming or unruly. There’s a nice variety of equipment and lots of space to run around. There are some taller slides but I still consider this a really toddler friendly playground.