Due to its size, Eldridge Park has two playgrounds, one along Spring Road and one along Commonwealth Lane. The park also is home to Eldridge Lagoon, site of fishing and ice skating, and a lighted sled hill on the north side of the park. A path winding around the perimeter of the park serves as a link to Salt Creek Greenway Trail.
Eldridge Park borders Salt Creek, and hosts an ADA-accessible canoe launch on the far eastern edge of the west parking lot (located on the west side of Salt Creek, just northeast of the intersection of Butterfield Road and Commonwealth Lane). The canoe launch is assimilated into the Salt Creek Water Trail, which is part of the Northeastern Illinois Water Trails System. Paddlers need to bring their own canoes or kayaks. No motorized watercraft is allowed at the launch. The launch is open dawn-dusk.
Eldridge Park Recreation Building hosts preschool and early childhood programming.
Features & Amenities
- Summer Camp
Eldridge Park's east playground was redeveloped in the fall of 2022.
Prior to the 1950s, this property served as a landfill because it was swampy and unusable. The landfill established some usable land, and in 1956, the Park District purchased 33 acres on the east side of Salt Creek. Development of Eldridge Park began in 1960. In 1962, additional land on the west side of Salt Creek was purchased. Several lots were purchased from the City in 1961, 1962, and 1970. In 1970, Eldridge Park Lagoon was completed. Construction was completed on the recreation building in 1975. A new bridge was built in 1983 across Salt Creek, connecting the east and west sides of the park. The park most recently saw redevelopment in 2022, when the east playground was updated and replaced.
The park was named for Edward Eldridge, an early homesteader and first supervisor of York Township, who came to the area in 1835 and planted his fields in what is now Eldridge Park. The name was chosen during a 'Name the Park' contest in 1957.