Our look at splash parks continues, with contributor Rebecca Greco checking out the renovated McCaslin Park (and its splash pad) in West Chicago. – Tara
Name, directions and details, including hours and any admission charge:
McCaslin Park is located at 27W650 North Avenue in West Chicago and is part of the Carol Stream Park District. The 28-acre park is located right next to Wheaton Bible Church and is also the site of the Coyote Crossing Miniature Golf Course. It’s only a two-minute drive from Kline Creek Farm, so this would be a great place to pair with an outing there!
The park recently underwent a $3.5 million makeover, during which the splash pad was added along with a bank shot basketball court, picnic shelters, game tables, a volleyball court, and more. There is no admission charge for the splash pad.
Q. Is the parking nearby?
Yes, there is a close parking lot.
Q. Can you describe the splash park?
The splash park is on the smaller side but my girls still had a lot of fun. There are different sprayers as well as a small frog fountain and a tall feature where two buckets fill with water and then dump down.
Q. What type of surface? Cushion, concrete, etc?
Q. Is there a playground near the splash pad?
Yes, there’s a cute little playground right next to it. There is a nice sized play structure as well as a smaller, toddler area right next to it.
Q. What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
Both girls really loved the frog fountain, it could be spun around to spray water in different directions. My daughter was not a fan of the buckets, they filled up really quickly so they kept dumping quite a few times while we were playing and they were never prepared for them to dump all the water down.
Q. What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
The splash pad is really close to the park which is nice and there is a big picnic shelter. My biggest complaint is the distance to the bathrooms, they were really far from everything.
Q. Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We went at about 10:30 a.m.. and it wasn’t busy at all. It seems that it might be more crowded around baseball games or on Sundays after church since it is within walking distance of Wheaton Bible Church.
Q. Are there public bathrooms? Is it indoor plumbing or a port-a-potty?
There is a baseball diamond technically part of the park but it is kind of far, across the parking lot. I called the park district and was assured that the bathrooms are available all day, not just when games are going on. However, this was the only drawback — they are far enough away that they aren’t very practical to use for changing, they would probably be reserved for emergency bathroom breaks.
Q. Is there shade nearby for a picnic? Any picnic tables?
Yes, there is a very nice, large covered picnic shelter with plenty of tables.
Q. What ages to you feel this splash park is best for?
Q. Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
We’ve been making our rounds to a lot of splash parks this summer and McCaslin Park is definitely the smallest one we’ve been to, but my daughters still had a lot of fun. They are always upset with me because I always forget to bring toys along but this time I actually had some, so they had a lot of fun filling their buckets up at the frog fountain. This splash park doesn’t have a fence around it like some we’ve been to, there is a semi circle rock wall that goes around it, but it isn’t enclosed at all. It’s right next to the playground which was great for both my 2 and 4 year olds, there’s a nice little toddler area.
McCaslin Park is a little bit far of a drive for me, and considering it is a smaller splash park, I doubt I would make the trip just to go there again. However, it would be a great day paired with a trip to Kline Creek Farm!