Tucked away at the Lindenhurst Park District Community Center off Grass Lake Road is Engle Junction Playground. This hidden gem of a tot lot, like Antioch’s Clifford Park, was developed for the park district’s preschool program, but is open to the public. For parents of toddlers, this is the holy grail of playgrounds.
The entire play area is completely enclosed with a gate. There are no blind spots, the equipment is safe and toddler-sized, and there are no big kids running around. The entire play structure is easily accessible for parents from the ground, and it is not too high. The turf ground cover (no mud, grass stains, or rocks!) is easy on wobbly walkers, and it’s nice that my kids don’t need a bath after a quick stop at the park. The park district even added a canvas shade cover this spring,
Unless you stop in when the preschoolers are having recess (at which time it is still open to the public), the park is almost always empty. This playground is part of the larger Engle Memorial Park on the Lindenhurst Park District property. This large area includes soccer fields, “The Haven” BMX and skate park, walking trails, bandshell, horseshoes, shuffleboard, natural areas, picnic area, roller blading area, and plenty of parking.
Engle Junction Playground
Part of Engle Memorial Park
2200 Grass Lake Road, Lindenhurst
Situated in front of the park district building between the gym and main entrance.
Amenities: Large tot picnic table, 2 bucket swings, 2 regular swings, low play structure, 2 slides, stationary train with seats, shade canopy, and benches.
Restrooms: Yes (inside park district building)
Good For: Ages 4 & under