Hoopers Hollow

Located at

Chicago & Cornell
Downers Grove, IL


In December of 1975, this park was officially renamed from Northwest Park to Hooper's Hollow in honor of William E. Hooper, for his service and dedication to the community. Mr. Hooper was a long-time resident involved in the formation and advancement of the Park District, including being instrumental in the acquisition of several parks. Over the years, the Park District has added playground equipment, pathways and site amenities to provide a variety of activities.

Hooper's Hollow is a large, rustic neighborhood park located immediately to the north of Chicago Avenue at its intersection with Cornell Avenue. The park rises steeply from south to north and has a creek running generally northeast to southwest in the southern section of the park. A wooden bridge spanning over the creek provides pedestrian access to the northern half of the park, where a .36 mile asphalt pathway winds its way to the north, connecting to Cornell Avenue at the north end of the park before circling back south and connecting to a Village sidewalk within the Chicago Avenue right-of-way.


Dawn to Dusk


  • BBQ Grill
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Natural Area
  • Picnic Tables
  • Playground
  • Walking Trail
  • 10 Acres

Upcoming Improvements/Construction

A new playground is coming soon to Hoopers Hollow! Details about this renovation will be available soon with anticipated completion in the fall of 2019.

The current playground at Hoopers Hollow Park was installed in 2000 and is nearing the end of its life expectancy. Industry standards recommend that playgrounds be replaced periodically based on condition and compliance with changing safety and accessibility standards. The current playground consists of a play structure intended for children ages 5-12 and (3) swing bays for tots and school-aged children. All existing equipment will be removed to accommodate the new equipment. The existing border will remain and serve as the boundary for the new playground.

We encourage Hoopers Hollows users to complete a brief survey to let us know your thoughts regarding various features that you feel are important in the new playground design.

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