PARKS & RECREATION “It’s the leisure hours, happily used, that have opened up a new world to many a person.” — George M. Adams
FOX BEND GOLF COURSE The Oswegoland Park District’s Fox Bend Golf Course (3516 Rte. 34) offers a challenging course at a terrific value. Fox Bend boasts plush fairways, mature trees and meticulous greens. This 6,890-yard, par 72 course tests golf skills of all levels with 34 well-positioned sand traps and water coming into play on 10 holes. Group lessons, private lessons, putting greens and a driving range are available for those just getting into the game or for golfers looking to fine tune their skills. Over the summer select times are available for FootGolf, the country’s exciting new sport combining soccer and golf. Enjoy 18 holes of Oswego’s newest way to play.
With 1,000 acres of park space open and ready for adventure, Oswegoland is a wonderful place to spend some leisure hours. With a vision of “creating opportunities for a healthy community” the Oswegoland Park District (313 E. Washington) finds a place for everyone to play. That goal is witnessed all over the community with parks, playgrounds, natural areas and attractions. These places to play are open to all who look to delight, gather, celebrate, learn and enjoy nature. The park district maintains 64 parks and greenways, 20 miles of trails and a wide variety of attractions. Enjoy playgrounds, tennis courts, roller hockey rinks, fishing and so much more. A full list of park locations and amenities can be found on the Oswegoland Park District website at www. oswegolandparkdistrict.org.
SKATE PARKS Skateboards, inline skates and bikes are all welcome at the park district’s two skate parks. For those just getting started or wanting to improve their techniques, the beginner’s skate park located along the Waubonnsie Trail at Chesterfield Park (139 Chesterfield Dr.) is the place to be. Practice on the steel equipment including flybox, stairs, rails, spine ramp and launch ramp.
PEDESTRIAN & BICYCLE TRAILS The Park District has 20 miles of bike trails throughout the community, allowing residents to enjoy outdoor activities year-round. Stroll, walk, jog, run, pedal, roll or skate your way to good health and a great day on the area’s many recreation paths. A map of paved trails and local paths has been included in a trail guide, available online and in print at any park district facility.
The more challenging concrete skate park at Prairie Point Community Park (4120 Plainfield Rd.), built by California’s Spohn Ranch, offers three elevated sections that include stairs, hubbas, ledges, grind rails and a five-foot bowl. Bleachers provide a place for spectators to watch the action.
WATER PARKS AND SPLASH PAD The Oswegoland Park District features three terrific water play experiences. The Civic Center Aquatic Park (5 Ashlawn, Montgomery) and Winrock Pool (21 Winrock Rd., Montgomery) are open May through September and feature zero depth pools, play fountains, waterslides and lap lanes. Season passes and daily fees are available for residents and nonresidents. The Prairie Point Splash Playground (4120 Plainfield Rd.) features 17 spray and play features. This park is a busy place all summer long, offering a free and refreshing reprieve on hot days.
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DISC GOLF COURSE AT EAGLE RIDGE PARK The Park District’s 18-hole disc golf course is located at Eagle Ridge Park (1300 Rt. 25). Disc golf is played much like traditional golf, however, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc, similar to a Frisbee. A disc is thrown from a tee area to a basket, which is the “hole.” Players progress down the fairway, making each consecutive shot from the spot where the previous throw landed. The trees, shrubs and terrain located in and around the fairways provide challenging obstacles for the golfer. There is no fee to play.
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