Summer Guide 2012: Spraygrounds & Splash Parks in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Monday, Jun 11th, 2012 by

If you’re looking to cool off your kids, but don’t want the commitment or expense of a public pool, there are a number of splash parks, spraygrounds and splash pads in Chicago’s western suburbs.

Photo by Tara Burghart.Some of the below splash parks are in suburbs that aren’t exactly west, but came recommended by readers! If you have more suggestions to add, please do so in the comments section. And finally, thank you to all the readers who helped compile this list via their answers to a Facebook posting; it’s much more vibrant because of your contributions.

Otter Cove Splash Park

  • 3615 Campton Hills Road in St. Charles
  • Hours: Through Aug. 10, the splash park is open daily from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Check the website for hours later in the season.
  • Admission:  $6 for non-residents ages 1 and up. Ages 1 and under, adults and those over 16 are free with a paid child’s admission for the splash park only.
  • Notes: This is the cadillac of splash parks. It has three large splash pads, and one section that’s a huge sandbox. This is part of the larger Otter Cove Aquatic Park – which has several pools, a lazy river and slides – but you can get admission just to visit the splash park if you like. Read Go West’s review of the splash park here and of the entire complex here.

Phillips Park Splash Pad

  • 1000 Ray Moses Drive in Aurora
  • Hours: Open the same season as the nearby Phillips Park Aquatic Center
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This is a small splash pad located in front of the Phillips Park Visitors Center. Read a Go West review about the Phillips Park Zoo and park here

Moore Park

  • Hours: Open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday through Sunday.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: For a free splash park, this is pretty impressive. It’s 2,100 square feet, has a rubberized surface and is enclosed by a wrought iron fence. Note it can get quite crowded on hot days. Read a Go West review of a trip to the Moore Park sprayground here.  

Hobson Corner Park Splash Pad

  • 2910 Hobson Road in Woodridge
  • Hours: Daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. June through August, pending weather conditions.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: From photos on the park district’s website, this looks like a small splash pad with a number of fountains. 

Prairie Point Splash Playground

  • 4120 Plainfield Road in Oswego
  • Hours: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This sprayground just opened this summer. According to the Oswegoland Park District, it has 17 spray and play features.

Maryknoll Park Splash Park 

  • 845 Pershing Avenue (Pershing and Route 53) in Glen Ellyn
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sundays
  • Admission: $3 per child, ages 1 through 16
  • Notes: According to the Glen Ellyn Park District, this splash park has a water tower, rising flag, wet saloon, cactus, team spray, railroad crossing gate, spray cannons and more. 

Festival Park Spray Park

  • 132 S. Grove Avenue in Elgin
  • Hours: Not totally clear. A reader says she works near Festival Park and sees the fountains running late at night. 
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: From some photos I found, this spray park seems to have a number of traditional fountains bubbling over an asphalt surface. Festival Park also offers a musical play structure; open space and a climbing web. I’m still trying to find out the operational hours for the fountains.

Fountain Square Park 

  • 1751 Gibson Drive in Elk Grove Village
  • Hours: A reader says the fountains don’t start until 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Found some reviews online that state this park has a sandbox and playground along with a playground with water sprayers and a fountain area to splash around in.

Ty Warner Park Spray Park

  • Located at the corner of Plaza Drive and Blackhawk Drive in Westmont
  • Hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. (Closes for maintenance each day from 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.)
  • Admission: $5 for non-residents. Unclear if only children have to pay, or adults, too.
  • Notes: This park is 36 acres and in addition to the spray park, offers a playground, tot playground with sand play area, picnic grove with washrooms, woodland and wetland trails, a bocce ball court, a bean bag toss and more.

Sunny Hill Splash Pad

  • 1480 W. Irving Park Road in Streamwood
  • Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
  • Admission: Free.
  • Notes: Sunny Hill Park also offers a skate park, disc golf, basketball, nature trails and a shelter. 

Dragonfly Landing Children’s Play Area

  • Northeast corner of PrairieWalk Pond, a recreational area just west of Main Street in downtown Lisle at Route 53 and Burlington Avenue
  • Hours: The splash pad portion is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily in the summer.
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: This nature-themed play area includes a tree house, leaping lily pads, “cat tail” swingers, a climbing frog, a shelter with a “living roof” and a splash pad with giant flower misters, jet streams and water tunnel water jellies.

Leiseberg Park Spray Playground

  • 325 E. Devon Avenue in Bartlett
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day.
  • Admission: Free

Blue Heron Park Spray Playground

  • 350 Blue Heron Way in Bartlett
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Admission: Free

Sunset Park Splash Pad

  • 5200 Miller Road in Lake in the Hills
  • Hours: Daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. from Memorial Day to Labor Day
  • Admission: Free
  • Notes: Sunset Park also includes baseball diamonds, a concession building, football fields, soccer fields, tennis courts, a BMX/Skate Park, a playground, grill, bike path and and more. 

 

 

  • Abby

    I think there really are no set hours for Festival Park in Elgin. I work in downtown Elgin and I have been by there late at night and the fountains are still running. I would assume park hours would be morning to dusk but don't take that for word. I can find out for sure when I go into work next, I know one of the guys who maintains the Elgin pools, he should know. By the way thanks for this article, I love Moore Park, but it is always busy. Good to know Phillips has a free splash pad as well!

  • Me

    Sunny Hill Splash Pad is free.

  • http://www.gowestyoungmom.com Tara Burghart

    Thanks so much for the info on those two parks. I'll update the info in this guide within a day or so. I love when readers contribute information. Makes me a happy lady!

  • http://www.villageoflisle.org/home/index.asp?page=574 Julie

    Dragonfly landing in Lisle is free also

    http://www.villageoflisle.org/home/index.asp?page=574

  • http://www.gowestyoungmom.com Tara Burghart

    Thanks so much, Julie. I'll add Dragonfly Landing.

  • Karen

    Unfortunately Fountain Square Park in Elk Grove Village doesn't go on till 12:30 M-F.
    Saturday, 10am

  • Tara Burghart

    Thanks so much, Karen, for sharing those hours. I'll update the guide .. have a few things I need to update now.

  • Amber Delgado

    Also Leiseberg Park in Bartlett and Sunset Park in Lake in the Hills