Playground Profile: Veteran Acres Park {Crystal Lake}

Nestled on Walk Up Road, and bordered by Route 176, Veteran Acres Park is a little oasis of sun, shade and adventure and might better be named “acres of excitement.”

Veteran Acres Park
© J. Gebbink | Little Lake County.com | 2017

Here you will find ample parking, an expansive pavilion which houses a wood burning fireplace, tons of tables, and a bathroom. While the potties aren’t fancy, they do flush which is better than a porta-potty!

When you continue down the winding path to the recently refurbished playground, you will find activities for all ages and abilities. There is a smaller climbing structure that rests on a spongy surface that is knee-friendly if tumbles occur. The slides are short and the stairs are few, so it’s a great place for exploring toddlers and preschoolers to learn to navigate the playground. It is surrounded by giant shade trees, mom-friendly benches, and imaginative climbing areas.

Veteran Acres Park
© J. Gebbink | Little Lake County.com | 2017

The larger climbing structure for children ages 5-8 is a little more challenging, with lots of climbing and swinging features. My kids loved trying to traverse the giant spider web which, thankfully, is elevated over the rubber surface. The rest of the playground is covered primarily with woodchips.

Veteran Acres Park
© J. Gebbink | Little Lake County.com | 2017

The entire area has an adorable woodland theme with faux logs to hide in, stumps to jump on, and leaves to climb on. The shade is plentiful, so be sure to bring a blanket and a picnic.

Veteran Acres Park
Photo Credit Crystal Lake Parks
For our family of adventurers, the highlight of the park is the winding nature trail. Paved and stroller-friendly, you are able to meander under weeping willows and over a pond as you hunt for frogs and turtles. End your Veteran Acres adventure with a cool off at the spray park! At Veteran Acres, there is truly something for everyone!
veteran acres park crystal lake

Veteran Acres Park
431 Walkup Road, Crystal Lake
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Jessica is a mom of 3 girls from Spring Grove, IL. Next to her relationship with the Lord, her other passions include cooking, playing the violin, photography, and helping other moms to realize their true potential.

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