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Parks & Recreation

“It’s the leisure hours, happily used, that have opened up a new world to many a person.”
— George M. Adams

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Year-round special events

Oswego is the place to gather! The community comes together to celebrate over Father’s Day weekend with the Oswegoland Park District’s PrairieFest. The four-day, free admission festival has been featured on both The Cooking Channel and Food Network and also showcases a carnival, parade, 5K run and one-mile Prairie Dog Jog and national bands. Fall brings September’s Brew at the Bridge, craft beer event, and October’s Monster Mash Bash for the kids and haunted Park After Dark for teens and adults. The park district closes out the yearly calendar in December with a family favorite, the Oswego Holiday Express.

Oswego Country Market

For the past 10 years, every Sunday morning from June through September, the Oswegoland Park District hosts the Oswego Country Market. A resident favorite, and also popular throughout the region, the open-air market boasts plenty of choices to buy fresh produce, meats, eggs, artisan cheeses, specialty foods like pasta, olives, popcorn, honey, spices and handmade items. The Oswego Country Market makes shopping local a charming and healthy Sunday tradition.

Keeping active in Oswego

The Oswegoland Park District offers events to keep moving for all ages each year. A trail run through the rough and wild Saw Wee Kee Park (Sundown Lane off Orchard Road) starts out the calendar in April.

Monday Miles, the community challenge to move every Monday begins in June at Prairie Point Community Park and logs miles for a record until August.

The PrairieFest 5K Run and Prairie Dog Jog offer a prelude to Father’s Day celebrations each June. Walkers and four-legged friends are invited to join in the fun of the one-mile Prairie Dog Jog, and participants in both races receive a tech tee, participation ribbon and refreshments.

If you’re a multisport athlete, then the I Tried a Triathlon in August might be your event of choice. This sprint triathlon is a great way to mix up training, set personal goals or try a first triathlon with distances of 250-yard swim, six-mile bike ride and two mile run.

Oswego’s future Iron Man or Woman might just be in the Have Fun? You Won! Kids Triathlon in September. This mini triathlon is held each year specifically for girls and boys in third through sixth grade. Kids can compete individually or as a team to complete the 100-meter swim, three-mile bike ride and half-mile run.

The district’s athletic event calendar ends in November with the annual Gobbler Hobbler 10K Run and Mashed Potato Mile. The scenic 10K is chip-timed and travels along the beautiful Fox River. Runners in both of these races receive a hoodie sweatshirt as well as the event’s signature walking pancakes.

Fitness, health & wellness classes

The Oswegoland Park District offers over 30 different types of fitness classes each season for adults of all ages and abilities. Whether you like strength training, spinning, Pilates or yoga, you’re sure to find a program to meet your exercise needs. Find total health by pairing a nutrition class with your current fitness regimen. A variety of cooking and nutrition classes are offered seasonally. For those who would prefer some one-on-one time with the district’s registered dietician, personal nutrition counseling is also available.

The Oswegoland Park District has great places and opportunities to play in Oswego. To plan your next adventure, check out oswegolandparkdistrict.org today.

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