Small playground surrounded by a field in beautiful Rock Cut State Park

Address: 7318 Harlem Rd, Loves Park, IL

Description:

Puri Crest Playground is a small playground located in beautiful Rock Cut State Park that overlooks a large field and wooded area with trails.

Best for ages: 4-12

Features:

  • One small two-level play structure with stair entrance
  • Built in TicTacToe game
  • Pull-up bar
  • Sign language built in
  • Maze game built in
  • Twisted fireman pole
  • Two slides – one tall twist slide (currently broken and closed off), one toddler sized double slide
  • Climbing oval feature
  • Pogo pole
  • Swing set with one normal sized swing
  • Large grassy space
  • Nearby bathroom
  • Nearby water fountain
  • Garbage can

Sun protection: Partially shaded, some of the equipment is in full sun

Parking: 5-10 parking spots across from the playground

Playground structure materials: Plastic and metal

Ground/surface materials: Wood chips and a rubber flooring section underneath the pull-up bar

Fenced in? N

Slides? Y, two slides, one double toddler slide and one tall twist slide (currently closed)

Swings? Y, one normal sized swing

Picnic tables, benches or other seating? Y, five picnic tables and a pavilion with 10+ picnic tables in view of the playground

Walking path, sidewalk or bike path? N

Stroller accessibility? N, you will have to offroad into grass

Bathrooms? Y

Drinking fountain? Y

Food and drink nearby? N

What makes it special or worth visiting?

Rock Cut State Park is a huge 3,100 acre park with prairie land, forest, two lakes, campsites, and two playgrounds. Puri Crest Playground in Rock Cut State Park is a nice spot to play for a bit while visiting the park. The playground has a two-story play structure with two slides, a twisted fireman pole, pull-up bar, and one swing. The playground is surrounded by a field and trees and has a pavilion with numerous picnic tables.

If you go, you may want to bring:

  • Bug spray – There can be mosquitos and ticks
  • Sunscreen – Some parts of the play structure get direct sunlight
  • A packed lunch or stuff to grill – There are lots of picnic tables and several charcoal grills (bring your own supplies)

Please note: Puri Crest Playground has a broken slide that is closed as of September 10, 2018. There are also loose rubber mat pieces on the playground.

There is another playground in Rock Cut in the Red Oak picnic area. That playground is closed and the equipment is in bad condition. There are several sharp pieces of metal sticking out, broken chains and swings, and a cracked slide and platform. I have emailed the Illinois Department of Natural Resources about the situation.

Puri Crest in Rock Cut State Park, Loves Park
Puri Crest Playground in Rock Cut State Park
Loves Park, IL
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