Cute park with small playground located on the Willow Creek Path

Address: 8498 Woodcreek Ave, Machesney Park, IL  


Dennis Johnson Memorial Park is located in Machesney Park, IL in a neighborhood near Wentland Park. The park has a small two-level play structure, rock climbing wall, swings, basketball, tennis, and volleyball courts and easy access to the Willow Creek Path.

Best for ages: 2-10


  • One small two-level play structure with stair and climbing entrances
  • Toddler sized equipment
  • Balancing steps
  • Rock climbing wall
  • Spinning pole
  • Drums
  • Spinning number built-in
  • Fortune Teller built-in
  • Mirror at the top of platform
  • One slide – toddler sized
  • Swing set with two normal sized swings and two baby swings
  • Large grassy space
  • Nearby bike path
  • Nearby basketball court
  • Nearby tennis court
  • Garbage can

Sun protection: Some parts of the playground are in full sun, others are shaded

Parking: 2-4 parking spots in front of playground, parking on street

Playground structure materials: Plastic and metal

Ground/surface materials: Wood chips with rubber flooring beneath swing set

Fenced in? N

Slides? Y, one slide – toddler sized

Swings? Y, four swings – two normal sized and two baby swings

Picnic tables, benches or other seating? Y, 1 picnic table and a pavilion in view of playground

Walking path, sidewalk or bike path? Y, there’s a 1.57 paved path that connects Harlem High School to Rock Cut State Park

Stroller accessibility? Y

Bathrooms? N

Drinking fountain? Y

Food and drink nearby? N

What makes it special or worth visiting?

Dennis Johnson Memorial Park is a neighborhood park located in Machesney Park with a small playground perfect for preschoolers and grade schoolers. The playground features a rock climbing wall, balancing steps, a spinning pole, one slide, several built-in features like a fortune teller, mirror, spinning number game, and a stand-alone drum. The playground connects to Willow Creek Path which goes from Harlem High School to Rock Cut State Park.

If you go, you may want to bring:

  • Bug spray – There can be mosquitos
  • Sunscreen – Some parts of the play structure get direct sunlight
  • A packed lunch – There are nearby picnic tables
  • Bikes, scooters, and ride-ons – The playground connects to Willow Creek Path, a 1.57 mile path connecting Harlem High School to Rock Cut State Park

Note: There were a lot of stink bugs on the playground in September 2018.

Dennis Johnson Memorial Park, Machesney Park, IL
Dennis Johnson Memorial Park
Machesney Park, IL
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