If you have ever been to the Libertyville Farmers Market, Out to Lunch or any other downtown Libertyville event you have probably seen, and maybe played at the Cook Park Playground. A small playground tucked into the Southwest Corner of Cook Memorial Park. It has an older but nice play structure with lots of slides that looks like a castle, a small sandbox and two bucket swings. Aside from it’s location the best part of this park it that the main play structure is almost always, 100% shaded by the large trees of Cook Park. The swings and sandbox do get more sun and we have found the swings to be unbearable on hot afternoons.
There are a few downsides, it’s elevated, up a few stairs. While there is a ramp the stairs are front and center so if you have a runner this can be problematic. The park itself is really geared for smaller children, I would say 6 and under so during downtown events it can get crowded and overrun by older kids.
We love to visit Cook Park in the fall after dropping the older kids off at school. It’s a great place to enjoy a morning play date (conveniently located down the block from Lovin’ Oven Bakery) and there are both benches and a low wall for moms to sit on. Aside from the stair entrance the park is totally contained and secluded. Note outside of festival season there are no bathrooms available (during festival season it’s just a port-a-potty).
As part of the larger Cook Memorial Park it also is a great place for a picnic lunch. There are also paths through the rose garden that my children love to run around and play tag in.
Cook Park Playground
Southwest Corner of Cook Memorial Park
- Amenities: 1 medium sized structure with lots of slides, two bucket swings, sand box.
- Shade: Well Shaded
- Restrooms: None
- Good for: Toddlers through about age 6