Love Where You Live: Local Parks

Love Where You Live: Local Parks

  • Mike McCurry
  • 07/28/23

There’s a lot to love about Clarendon Hills, Hinsdale, and the surrounding areas – including access to some fantastic parks. For individuals and families alike, there’s a surprising number of benefits to spending time in these parks. As reported by Harvard’s School of Public Health, research has shown that exposure to green spaces can encourage exercise and social interaction, improve mindfulness, and decrease stress and anxiety.


The Hinsdale Parks & Recreation Department maintains 130 acres of park space including 19 park locations. Click here for a Hinsdale parks guide and map.

In Hinsdale, Burns Field (located at 320 N. Vine Street) is a favorite destination for the McCurry family and many other locals. The shelter and picnic area make for great meeting spots for youth groups and family gatherings. There’s a playground that the younger members of your family are sure to enjoy. Those who enjoy playing tennis, soccer, or volleyball in the warmer months and ice skating in the winter will also recognize Burns Field as a local gem. This park is the epicenter of the beautiful north side of Hinsdale – anyone would love to own a home overlooking this family-friendly green space!

Clarendon Hills

The Clarendon Hills Park District oversees the maintenance of seven parks that serve local residents and visitors: Blackhawk Park, Hosek Park, Kruml Park, Park Avenue Park, Prospect Park, Steeves Park, and Walker Park. (We’d also be remiss if we didn’t mention the Lions Park Pool…a different kind of park district park!)

In Clarendon Hills, Walker Park is a local family favorite…including the McCurry family! With the playground being attached to the Walker Elementary School, there are occasional restrictions on time of use during the school year. However, year-round this park has plenty of offer every member of the family. In addition to the playground, there’s a small soccer field and a baseball diamond, which is used by the Clarendon Hills Little League. This is probably the McCurry family’s favorite park, mostly because of convenience…it’s just a 2-minute walk from our front door! Certainly, like most local parks, it’s a joy to see friends playing, hear the ping of little league bats and cheering parents, and watching the children explore the playground and make new friends.

If you haven’t been to your favorite local park lately – this is your sign to go visit! Or, better yet, check out a new one you’ve never been to before. There are plenty of fantastic options for every member of the family!


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