I first learned of this park when we signed my son up for T-ball last year through the Lindenhurst Park District. We do not live in Lindenhurst, but we do live nearby. I had to look up on a map where this park was, and found that it is tucked into an adorable neighborhood that’s right next to a forest preserve, just as the name suggests.
While my son played T-ball, I was easily able to keep my very young daughter occupied, and I felt safe on the structures and the wood chip turf. The playground has plenty of climbing structures and slides that my kids can spend hours on, and the equipment is well-maintained. In addition, the playground area has swings and a sand play area.
Besides the playground, Forest View Park has other sports-friendly amenities including a few baseball fields, a few soccer fields, a tennis court and lots of extra open space to spare. There is also a covered picnic shelter where lunch or snacks can be eaten in the shade. Lindenhurst Park District holds their annual community Easter egg hunt at this park; there is a lot of open space here.
We have come here with a picnic lunch and have practically been the only family there. While I love big awesome parks like Hastings Lake, as an introvert, I love having an entire space to myself like we do here.
Parking is generous for a relatively small park–unless there is a special event held here ; then it is advised to arrive early to park. There is also access by trail to the entrance of McDonald Woods Forest Preserve. So if you feel adventurous, you can wander over to the forest preserve for a short hike or hit the trail with your jogging stroller.
Unfortunately, this park does not have a bathroom. Although I have seen a porta-potty here in the past, I have yet to see one this year. There is also no drinking fountain (that I have seen), so be sure to bring your own water bottle when you come.
Forest View Park
513 Forest View Rd., Lindenhurst
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