Laidlaw Park 4125 Hampton Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 Laidlaw Park lies across from the John Laidlaw School and features a Little League diamond and a pair of tennis courts…More with basketball hoops. An old backstop is perfect for a whiffle-ball game and it lies south of the courts. The fairly standard playground layout includes a separate swing set.
Forest Hills Park 5016 Central Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 Wrapped around Forest Hills Elementary in the western part of the village, this seven-acre park feels surprisingly…More large, with two child-size athletic fields, a softball diamond and two full playgrounds north and south of the school. Just west lies a tennis court and a basketball court. It's a great neighborhood park for young students and community residents alike.
Spring Rock Park 4400 Central Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 At 42 acres, there's not much that Spring Rock doesn't have. Five baseball diamonds, two with complete fences,…More scorecards, benches, stands and practice mounds dominate the center of the park; to the south and northwest, large meadows provide fields for football, soccer and lacrosse. Other amenities include seven tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, two basketball courts, two horseshoe pits and even an inline hockey rink. Night lighting is provided for the two central baseball fields, the southwest football field and the tennis courts. The northeast side of the park is wooded, with dozens of picnic areas and grills (fires are allowed in the grills, prohibited elsewhere) and a few playgrounds. Multiple shelters/pavilions are provided, as well as storage areas for sports equipment. During major sports activities, food is available. All these lie in the shadow of Western Springs' skyscraping water tower in a park that remains an absolute staple of the community.
Northeast Park 114 39th St, Western Springs, IL60558 Nestled against Ogden Avenue in the northeast corner of Western Springs, this 2.1-acre bright-green meadow features a…More kiddie-sized soccer field (with kiddie-sized goals) and a mid-sized jungle gym with two swingsets (one for toddlers and one for somewhat older kids.) It also offers a tennis court, which is also equipped with three basketball hoops.
Western Springs Recreation Center 1500 Walker St, Western Springs, IL60558 This large building in the western corner of Western Springs is home to a number of businesses, including two…More preschools, a dance group and an art studio, as well as one large gym that can be divided into two basketball/volleyball cross-courts. A number of Recreation Department programs are held in the building, such as fitness classes, aerobics, pilates, and youth/adult basketball. Full locker rooms with showers are available. Open gym time is also available, so you can drop by and shoot the ball around with buddies.
Ridge Acres Park 4621 Harvey Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 A neat little meadow in the eastern part of the village, Ridge Acres is buffered from the bustle of 47th Street…More providing a real community feel. It includes a grassy softball field, a single tennis court with basketball hoops and a uniquely wacky playground, which resembles a Bohr atomic model. The athletic field is great for summer sports or winter fun in the snow play. There is also a brick shelter with a picnic area.
Ridgewood Park 5530 Grand Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 Recently renovated in 2007 by the Ridgewood community and the Park District, the 4.0 acres of gorgeous Ridgewood Park…More are open for games, sports and just plain fun. Check out the 3/4 length basketball court (5-on-5-compatible,) the spindly steel play-bars, and a small athletic field and baseball diamond (also perfect for snow-play in the winter). There's a shelter with picnic tables, an outhouse, a pedestrian path around the perimeter and two benches for relaxing or watching sports on the field. Access is only possible via Grand Avenue or a path from Park Place, which keeps the park quiet and community-focused, but does make parking a bit tricky. A great biking destination.
Grand Avenue Community Center 4211 Grand Ave, Western Springs, IL60558 Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2010, this two-story building was a public school for 100 years before becoming the…More village community center it is today. The center has a small indoor basketball court that can also be used as an event hall, and is home to an office of the Western Springs Historical Society and the Western Springs Senior Center. Grand Avenue Preschool and Music Makers also make their home here, and Veterans Memorial Park lies just outside for the kids to play in. In 2011, the building will be receiving a new roof funded by the town.