This week we decided to visit Russ Park Playground in Machesney Park.
I must admit, we’ve never been here despite living within biking distance! We actually visit Price Park (Silo Ridge) quite often and pass Russ Park on our way there all the time!
Our good friends at RockfordBuzz encouraged us to check it out and we were definitely not disappointed.
One of the first things you’ll notice is that this playgound is LONG. It has a more linear design compared to other playgrounds we’ve visited. While it is meant for ages 5-12, toddlers could easily utilize the side opposite of the 3-story tower as the features over there are more their size.
Oh yeah, that’s right, we said 3-story tower. The kids LOVED climbing to the top and going down the extra long tube slide. They made it into their fortress in one of their imaginary games as well.
And though you can’t see it in the featured image of this post, there is a swing set with several infant/toddler swings for the itty bitties and this super cute quad see-saw with little horses as the seats!
The playground does have woodchips as the playing surface and while it does have a ramp, the ramp does not span the whole playground and is likely not wide enough for a wheelchair. There does not appear to be any accessible features aside from a super cool braille alphabet that you can study and then translate the answers to some jokes on the other side. Though I don’t believe the jokes themselves are able to be read in braille, which kind of defeats the purpose if you ask me. But in terms of introducing others to braille and educating them, this is a pretty cool feature.
Another cool educational feature is a solar system with facts on spinning cylinders. You can learn a little about the planets and see an illustrated interpretation of how they look.
If you are planning to visit this playground, make sure you take a bathroom break before you go. And bring plenty of water as there are no bathrooms or water fountains nearby. There is a gazebo with picnic tables and plenty of benches throughout the park for parents to sit and relax while their kids run off all that extra energy.
Overall we really enjoyed this park, and seeing as it is rather close to where we live we will definitely visit again.
Have you been to Russ Park? What do you like/dislike about it?
Let us know in the comments below and don’t forget to leave your star rating of the playground!