My daughter loved helping me out with this assignment. I love to take her to Hendricks County, Indiana, parks to play on the playground equipment. Avon, Danville, Brownsburg and Plainfield have a lot to offer families when it comes to play areas, and enjoying these wonderful playgrounds is free.
We also asked our Facebook followers to tell us about their favorite playgrounds in Hendricks County to help families who might be visiting. The most mentioned park was the Washington Township Park, which is one of our favorites, too. Other mentions were Hummel Park in Plainfield, Ellis Park in Danville and Williams Park in Brownsburg.
So, as a local mom, here's my list of the top five playgrounds you should check out in Hendricks County:
1. Washington Township Park
We like the playground on the upper level of Washington Township Park, located at 115 S. County Road 575 East in Avon, because it is large, with plenty of space for kids to spread out and tons of play options. There is even a toddler play area.
Several benches and picnic tables surround the playground area for parents to relax or for families to bring a picnic.
When you head down to the lower level of the park, you will find another playground and the splash pad. The lower level playground is smaller, but my daughter loves it because she likes to take breaks from playing in the water to swing or climb.
Insider tip: If you go to the splash pad on a weekend, take your own chairs. Even though there are a few benches and a double-sided shelter house, the benches fill up quickly, and the shelters are often reserved.
For more information about Washington Township Park, click here.
2. Hummel Park
Hummel Park, located at 1500 S. Center St. in Plainfield, is another one of our favorites. We love the playgrounds on both sides of the park, which is owned and operated by Guilford Township. The playgrounds on the east side of the park are much larger. My daughter loves the slides at this playground.
If it is a hot day or we are having a picnic, we go to the shaded playground on the west side of the park. The playground is much smaller, but the area is shaded and there are plenty of picnic tables spread throughout the area.
Insider Tip: This is the largest township park in Indiana, so take a walk along the nearby trails to see what else the park has to offer.
For more information about Hummel Park, click here.
3. Williams Park
We discovered the playground at Williams Park, located at 940 S. Locust St. in Brownsburg, last fall while visiting the Veterans Memorial. The large wooden playground is well known as Blast-Off Playground.
It includes plenty of space for climbing and exploring in this structure. There is also a second playground area in the back of the park that offers a different experience.
Williams Park is also home to the popular Watermill Splash Pad, which is in the back of the park next to that second playground.
Insider Tip: Take a short walk to the front of the park to pay tribute to our nation’s veterans.
For more information about Williams Park, click here.
4. Ellis Park
The Ellis Park playground at 600 E. Main St. in Danville is similar to Blast-Off Playground in Williams Park. It is a wooden play structure known as Playscape.
My daughter’s favorite part of this playground is the tire swing. There are plenty of areas for kids to explore. There are also several picnic tables located next to the playground.
Also, if you have time and it is a warm day, bring your swimming gear and cool off at the Gill Family Aquatic Center in the back of the park. Gill has a couple of waterslides, a children's spray area and more. It opens annually on Memorial Day weekend.
Insider Tip: There is a creek that runs right behind the play area that can be easily accessed and is a fun adventure for kids especially on a hot day.
For more information about Ellis Park, click here.
5. Avon Town Hall Park
The Rotary Playground at Avon Town Hall Park, located at 6570 E. U.S. 36 in Avon, is something of a hidden gem. I like this playground on the south end of the park because it is located next to a nice shelter house.
In addition to playing on the playground, you can also play outdoor table tennis. Paddles and balls are provided. When we were there recently, the tables were a big hit. People seemed to constantly play on them.
While at Avon Town Hall Park, take a walk on the trail around the lake, do some fishing, enjoy some bocce ball or play the 18-hole disc golf course.
Insider tip: If you have work you need to do while your kids are having fun, free Wifi is available at the park.
For more information about Avon Town Hall Park, click here.