It’s nearly July, and the weather is bound to get hot, hot, hot. So contributor Rebecca Greco took a trip to check out a splash park in Glen Ellyn that many of you have recommended on the Go West Facebook page. She found a lot more than just a place to splash around! — Tara
Name, directions and details, including hours and any admission charge:
Maryknoll Park is located at 845 Pershing Avenue in Glen Ellyn and is a part of the Glen Ellyn Park District. The splash park is open Monday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $3 for children ages 1-14, free for resident adults, and $1 for non-resident adults. You are given a wristband so you can leave and come back during the same day.
There is also a mini golf, disc golf, a concession stand, and a playground at Maryknoll Park. For a full list of amenities, click here. Only the splash park requires a fee to enter.
Note: There are a variety of items that cannot be brought into the splash park including outside food or coolers, strollers (except for infants), wagons, bikes, toys with wheels, balls, squirt guns, or large buckets.
Q. Is the parking nearby?
Yes, there is a parking lot close.
Q. Can you describe the splash park?
Maryknoll has a nice sized splash park with $3 admission for children ages 1-14. It has an “Old West” theme, and there are a variety of splash features featuring plenty of sprayers, water canons, and a train.
Q. What type of surface? Cushion, concrete, etc?
Q. Is there a playground near the splash pad?
Yes, a really great one! Maryknoll Park has two sections, a traditional playground with the normal swings, slides, and play structures and also a sand pit and table. Where this park really shines though is the second section with a zipline, large rope climbing structure, and merry-go-round.
Q. What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
Both my daughters really loved the train, though you don’t actually get wet in it. My older daughter was a lot more adventurous at this one and ended up a lot more wet than she has at other splash parks we’ve visited. There are two spray canons she really like a lot too. There wasn’t anything either of them really disliked or stayed away from.
Q. What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
Obviously the admission does make this splash park less enticing than Moore Park in Geneva or Prairie Point Splash Park in Oswego, since they are both free. While I don’t think this splash park has anything extraordinary that makes it worth going to over the free options in the area, it’s a great option for spending a whole day there. Between the zip line, merry-go-round, regular playground, and splash park, you could easily make a day of it and if you’re spending the entire day there, it isn’t too expensive for a fun outing.
The splash park is fenced in and there are a lot of tables with umbrellas for shade as well as beach chairs if you’d rather sit in the sun. This makes it really nice for setting your children free to get wet and play while you sit and watch.
Q. Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We went at 10:30 a.m. on a slightly cooler day. The splash park is only open if it’s above 70 degrees and when we went it was about 73 degrees. There were only two other families there, but the playground was pretty busy. I’m sure that on hot days this park will get pretty busy, but the admission cost might keep some people away.
Q. Are there public bathrooms? Is it indoor plumbing or a port-a-potty?
Yes, there is a bathroom with indoor plumbing and a changing table.
Q. Is there shade nearby for a picnic? Any picnic tables?
There is a nearby covered pavilion with picnic tables. Food is not allowed in the splash park, so you have to go to the pavilion to eat.
Q. What ages to you feel this splash park is best for?
I think younger toddlers and older kids will have an equally great time.
Q. Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
We got to Maryknoll Park about a half hour after the splash park opened and there were only two other kids playing. I was able to sit back and just let my girls play while I watched since it wasn’t busy and the gate ensured they stayed in the splash park. They were both immediately drawn to the train and spent quite a bit of time playing on there. We stayed about an hour before my daughter asked to go to the playground. We spent about another hour playing at the playground, the zip line and merry-go-round were both huge hits. We had to get going home for lunch and nap time otherwise my daughters would have happily gone back into the splash park again afterwards. You are given a wristband that allows you to come and go which is a nice way to spend a day there while being able to explore other areas of the park.
More photos by Rebecca Greco from Maryknoll Park …