Pop-up playground party scheduled for Wednesday at Meadowhill Park in Northbrook


After several months of work, the playground of meadow park, 1479 Maple Ave, Northbrook, is now open for play! Northbrook Park District is celebrating the community’s newest playground with a Pop-up Playground Party Wednesday, October 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This free event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 4:45 p.m., gifts and refreshments while supplies last, a raffle and family activities in the park.

Park renovations include a new play area with a synthetic safety surface that has replaced wood chips, an adaptive swing set, play structures for ages 2-5 and 5-12 that are accessed via a transfer station, an Infinity Bowl spinning top, an interactive play panels, climbing walls and spiral slides. There is also a new picnic table under the wheelchair accessible shelter and a new water fountain with a bottle filler and dog spout.

The playground equipment was selected by neighborhood members who received an initial survey to determine priorities for the park, followed by an invitation to vote for one of two final playground designs. Northbrook Park District broke ground on the playground replacement project in June, when children around the world removed old equipment and placed it in an area still lacking resources to provide play structures for children in need. This removal process is done at no cost to the district, saving time and money.

“Our Park District team is very excited to bring another renovated playground to the Northbrook community in 2022,” said Parks and Properties Manager Chris Leiner. “Meadowhill Park was built to last twenty years and will provide a great place to play and gather for a whole generation of Northbrook families. The Park District continues to invest in outdoor playgrounds based on feedback received through the district’s current community master plan development process.

With community input, the district completed and adopted a 10-year plan Full master plan which includes an annual report Capital Improvement Plan. These documents provide annual repair and replacement needs for parks, facilities and equipment. The former Meadowhill Park Playground was installed in 1996 and, at 26 years old, was nearing the end of its life cycle. Meadowhill is the second of two playground replacement projects in 2022. The first new playground in Cedar Lane Playground opened early August and is ready to play.

Harold B. McConnell