On Naperville’s east side, just a block south of 75th Street and Wehrli Road, sits 18-acre Meadow Glens Park. For years, this park served mainly as a home for soccer and ball games. However, thanks to major improvements just completed in May 2013 by the Naperville Park District, the park has been transformed into a beautiful, unique gathering place for a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Connecting with Nature
The new playground at Meadow Glens Park is the Naperville Park District’s first nature playground, designed to give children opportunities for active, imaginative play with natural elements. The slide is set into a small, grassy hill, as if it were part of the landscape, inspiring kids to run up and down the hill as well as sliding down the slide. The large sand area is inviting and offers the reward of uncovering replicas of fossils. Children can operate the water pump, positioned above a water trough that leads to the rain garden. Other elements include logs to crawl through or step on, and boulders to climb.
Water from the hand pump drains through a trough into the adjacent rain garden.
A short distance from the playground is another area for exploration that is even more “natural”: namely, the small woods that is now accessible by walking trails. In addition, the new multi-use asphalt trail that loops around the park gives visitors a close-up view of restored prairie areas in the northwest and northeast sections of the park. Tree identification signs educate visitors about the variety of trees planted in the park.
Improved Ball Fields, Soccer Fields and Basketball Courts
The softball fields at Meadow Glens now have accessible concrete pads under the bleachers and the fields have been over seeded and renovated where needed, now ready for many years of play. The two basketball courts were resurfaced and painted as part of the improvements, and continue to be well used.
New Activities and Amenities
Adjacent to the nature playground are permanent bag toss targets, a picnic shelter, a restroom building, park benches and tables, providing a recreation area for games, socializing, or just enjoying the outdoors. In winter, the Park District will flood the new skating area for free skating when conditions allow. Those who enjoy walking, jogging, or bicycling can try the new .6-mile loop trail. An added bonus is the set of six fitness stations along the trail, designed to round out your workout to include upper body and core strengthening exercises.
You Are Invited
We invite you to visit Meadow Glens Park this summer! Take a walk around the loop trail, bring the kids to the nature playground, play a pickup game of softball or basketball, or enjoy a picnic. Meadow Glens Park just might become one of your family’s favorite destinations.
Please e-mail any comments to Eric Shutes, Director of Planning at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 630-848-5014 if you have questions.