If you’re looking for a park where you can work out, has great views, and a playground look no further than Ted Spella Community Park in Algonquin. Tucked behind Target and the busy Randall Road, this 43-acre park is such a hidden gem. For years, we’ve frequented the Algonquin Area Public Library and had no clue this was right next to the park. Find out why you’ll want to visit!

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Highlights of Ted Spella Park:

Climb up the hill

One of my favorite things about this park is the climb up the hill to the playground. This is actually a sledding hill and we have it on our bucket list to to try it out once it snows. The climb up is a guaranteed workout. 

Ted Spella Park, Algonquin's hidden gem with an awesome climbing (and sledding) hill, walking paths, playground for young ones, and more!

If you’d like something less challenging, there is a walking path that winds its way up to the playground.

The views from the top of the hill are absolutely breathtaking!

Ted Spella Park, Algonquin's hidden gem with an awesome climbing (and sledding) hill, walking paths, playground for young ones, and more!

That feeling after you “conquered” the hill with an intense work out (5x up and down the hill!)

Playground fun

The playground is geared more towards younger kids. it was perfect for my 6 year old!

Ted Spella Park, Algonquin's hidden gem with an awesome climbing (and sledding) hill, walking paths, playground for young ones, and more!

My swing-loving kids were content with the one swing, though they did fight over it.

Sand fun

Sand lovin’ kids will love the sand area with two permanent fixtures to help dig and scoop sand. 

Ted Spella Park, Algonquin's hidden gem with an awesome climbing (and sledding) hill, walking paths, playground for young ones, and more!

Basketball Court

Bring your own basketballs and challenge each other to a game of H-O-R-S-E.

 

Tips to enjoy Ted Spella Park:

  • The entrance to the park is the first right after the Algonquin Area Public Library entrance.
  • Make sure to stop by the Algonquin Area Public Library before or after your visit. They are located next to each other. This library is one of our favorite libraries around! (Here are other libraries in the Northwest suburbs that we love.)
  • We prefer parking at lot at the bottom of the hill by the library or you can park directly at the playground in the residential neighborhood (intersection of Wintergreen Terrace and Fairway View Drive.)
  • Feel free to bring a picnic or a snack. There is a picnic Pavilion located at the bottom of the hill (closer to library) and one up by the playground.

Nitty Gritty:

Website: https://www.algonquin.org/egov/apps/locations/facilities.egov?view=detail&id=17
Location: 2610 Harnish Dr., Algonquin, IL 
Cost: Free
Parking: Plenty of parking in the parking lot.
Crowded: We visited on a Saturday afternoon and the playground was not busy at all. 

 

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