I struggled with how to categorize Village Green Park in Glen Ellyn. It does have a small splash pad, but I wouldn’t necessarily call it a splash park. The main focus of this park is definitely the big rocket ship park, though the splash pad is a nice addition for hot days! Note that the Glen Ellyn Park District says the splash pad is usually open until Oct. 15, as weather allows.
Name and address/location of the park and what park system it belongs to:
Village Green Park is located at 130 S. Lambert Road in Glen Ellyn. It’s part of the Glen Ellyn Park District.
Is the parking nearby?
Yes, there is a parking lot for the park.
Can you describe the playground? Anything special it offers?
The playground is shaped like a large rocket ship and has plenty of climbing opportunities and slides, and there is a small splash pad near the playground. There are also batting cages, tennis courts, and a field nearby.
What type of playground surface? Cushion, mulch, sand, etc?
Is there a separate playground for toddlers?
No, that is the one drawback of this park. It’s not the most toddler friendly. The majority of this playground is very tall and most younger children probably can’t do it themselves. Plus, once you get up to the higher area there is a large opening near a ladder that isn’t great for younger kids to play near. So while I absolutely love this park, I would recommend it for the older kids only.
Is there a paved trail or path good for walking or riding bikes and scooters?
Yes, there’s plenty of space around.
What was your child’s favorite part of the park? Least favorite?
My younger daughter spent most of her time playing in the water, which was good because most of the actual park was too big for her. My 5 year old loved the park though and didn’t have any problems navigating it without help.
What was your favorite part? Least favorite?
I love the little splash pad, especially because it’s pretty small. I like that this park is more unique and has a lot of opportunities for climbing. My children are always so drawn to just swinging at the park, when really I want them to run and climb and tire themselves out! This park is a good one for that.
Does it seem like a park that might be especially crowded at certain times of day?
We went on a hot summer day and it wasn’t overly crowded, even with the water area. There were a few other families, but I’ve never seen it extremely busy.
Are there public bathrooms?
There are, and they are open from April-October.
Is there shade over the playground? Is there shade for a picnic?
The playground itself is pretty much right in the sun, but there is a nearby shaded shelter with picnic tables.
What ages to you feel this park is best for?
This park is definitely better for older kids, it’s not great for toddler and younger kids. I felt nervous with my 3 year old being on a lot of the equipment, I think it’s better for preschool age and up.
Can you describe your family’s experience a bit?
We were meeting a group of friends for a playdate and we picked Village Green specifically because it has a water feature and we knew it would be hot. The older kids that were there really loved the playground and spent the whole time high up at the top.
The picnic shelter area provides a nice place to sit and have lunch and a good place to get some shade. I definitely think this park is worth the special trip!