We’re going to kick off a new series here at Go West Young Mom! It’s called “Readers Recommend,” and it will be a roundup of tips, suggestions and advice offered by Go West readers, spurred by questions posted on the Facebook page. The first entry focuses on parks that offer both shade and bathrooms in Chicago’s far western suburbs.
Last week, I asked Facebook followers about parks that offer both shade and bathrooms. While this hasn’t been the hottest of summers, when you’re planning a picnic or a playdate at a park, it’s sure nice to have some shade and a place to use the facilities! Here are the parks that readers recommended, along with links, either to the park district that operates the park or previous Go West stories.
Hudson Crossing Park in Oswego. Terry says “it’s a large park with lots of mature trees, large playground, covered picnic tables, grills, and it’s right on the Fox River. There’s even a water mister at the push of a button for those hot days.”
Wheeler Park in Geneva got a few mentions. Its bathrooms are open in the warmer months, usually April til October.
Nike Park in Naperville. Kerby says it features “ADA accessible play equipment, toddler and big kid areas, a climbing rock arch, picnic pavilion, vending machines and bathrooms with a changing station.” But reader Katie says she actually doesn’t recommend Nike Party on a very hot day. “The rubber surface under the playground equipment retains and radiates so much heat that it is too hot to enjoy. None of the play surfaces are shaded,” she writes. So take that into account!
Phillips Park in Aurora. Jessica says it has shade, picnic tables, a small zoo, a splash pad, beautiful grounds and many different play structures. Jennifer says the playground is full of shade trees, the visitor center is air-conditioned, and she likes the splash pad, too.
Island Park in Geneva. Veronica notes that the recently renovated playground features a zip line, but that the bathrooms are a little bit of a hike from the play area. “Usually I’m the mom frantically running with my recently potty-trained 3-year-old to make it in time!” she says.
Harvest Hill Park in St.Charles Karen says it is small but has port-a-potties and a picnic shelter.
North Side Park in Wheaton. Jen says this is an “amazing park with a zip line, bathrooms, large hill for running (and sledding in the winter), walking path, lunch pavilion. Amazing spot – and Cosley Zoo is around the corner. Super fun for all ages!”
Ferson Creek Park in St. Charles. Brenda says the creek runs alongside the park and the Fox River runs down the end of the park.
Lake Ellyn Park in Glen Ellyn received a couple mentions. Becky says this park is a gorgeous area with “great shade … a catch and release fishing lake, a walking trail around the lake” and a playground that features slides, swings and a sandbox. She warns you, though, to “pack the bug spray.”
Harvester Park in Burr Ridge. Liz says it features a spray park, tons of play equipment, picnic areas and bathrooms.
Other parks recommended by readers:
- Pottawatomie Park in St. Charles
- Knoch Park in Naperville.
- Riverwalk in Naperville
- Hawks Hollow at Peck Farm Park Interpretative Center in Geneva.
- Centennial Park in Naperville.
Do you know of a park that should be on this list? Tell us about it in the comments!