Walnut Park

Located at

4721 Walnut Avenue
Downers Grove, IL


In 2008, with assistance from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) grant program, the Park District purchased two parcels totaling 4.8 acres along Walnut Avenue, just north of the protected Belmont Prairie Buffer. Park improvements completed on this property include re-grading the site for athletic fields, plus installation of an irrigation system, an outer loop pathway, a small pavilion, and a gravel parking area. In 2015 the Park District purchased an additional 14.8 acres immediately north of the original site. This property is currently undeveloped, but provides an opportunity to develop a new community park when combined with the 4.8-acre site.

Located along Walnut Avenue just north of the Belmont Prairie Buffer, this site contains a gravel parking lot that can be used by patrons wishing to visit the Prairie Buffer.Pathways located on the Walnut Avenue site connect to the mowed paths within the Buffer property, which also lead to pathways within Belmont Prairie.


Dawn to Dusk


  • Natural Area
  • 4.8 Acres

Upcoming Improvements/Construction


The Downers Grove Park District has begun work on a long-term master plan for the existing Walnut Park property—a 19.6-acre parcel of land located on Walnut Avenue just south of Ogden Avenue in the northwest corner of Downers Grove. Community input is a vital component in developing new recreation amenities to meet the current and future needs and desires of residents living in Downers Grove. Therefore, the Park District conducted a community-wide survey from Dec. 9 to 23, 2020, to gauge the interest of specific amenities as we begin this process. 

Downers Grove Park District Executive Director, Bill McAdam, is excited for the District to establish a long-term vision for the Walnut Park property.

“Community engagement in the planning process for Walnut Park is essential in developing a site that meets the needs of Downers Grove residents. This survey will help guide us through the master planning process as we envision the recreation opportunities this premier destination could provide for residents," said McAdam.