Photo of Art Along the Way Archway sculpture installation at the entrance to the park

What is the Sensory Garden Playground?

The Sensory Garden Playground is a combination of sensory-integrated playground equipment and amenities along with gardening areas. The 37-acre facility is being developed in phases as funding becomes available.

How can I help?

Make a Donation
Partner With Us
Host a Fundraiser

What’s New?

Accessible Tree House

While the first phase of the tree house has been constructed, additional elements are planned as donations to the project make them possible. The site is generally accessible, however improvements to the accessibility of the tree house are planned as the project moves forward in the future phase.

Your input and suggestions are welcome as we strive to make this a fun play experience for all.

See Additional PhotosProject Plans (PDF)

Stage 1: Funded √

Playground is Open

As part of the Illinois Department of Economic Opportunity Phase 4 operating guidelines, outdoor playgrounds are now open; this includes all playgrounds, nature play areas, and outdoor exercise equipment in our parks and schoolyards.

For additional updates or resources, please visit the Wheaton Park District’s COVID-19 Information & Resources Page or Facebook.

COVID-19 Information & Resources from Wheaton Park District

Visual Supports to Help Plan Your Visit

The Sensory Garden Playground is for children of all ability levels. Some children have difficulty with communication and may use visual supports. If your child benefits from using visual supports, please feel free to download the Sensory Garden Playground pictures provided on the new Visual Supports page.

Visual Supports Page
Autism Friendly Certification Seal

Sensory Garden Playground is certified Autism Friendly

Help us to provide Play for All

Imagine a playground without limits; without boundaries; that makes play possible for all. This is the type of play space your support helps build at the Sensory Garden Playground. Help make play possible for all children with your tax-deductible donation.

Donate Now

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Be a Fence Friend!

A $50 donation can purchase one fence panel. 200 panels will provide a safe enclosure for our playground. Donate Now
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Contact us to learn more about the Play for All project and how you or a business you know can become involved.

Light the Torch VIRTUAL 5K

Run the 5K route of your choice anytime between October 3 & October 17
A portion of the proceeds from Light the Torch VIRTUAL 5K benefits the Sensory Garden Playground.

Learn More

News & Media

Newsletter: Fall 2019
View project updates, messages from foundation members, and more!

Article: A look at the core elements of an inclusive playground – by Gina Catalano
At the Sensory Garden Playground in Lisle, Ill., inclusive play matters…

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Park Location:

2751 Navistar Drive, Lisle, IL 60532
Playground Map (PDF)

Thank You to Our Project Sponsors:

First Trust
Main Street Association of Realtors
Science of Spirituality
Kim & Gary Ulfig

Founding Partners:

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Founding Partners:

Visit dupageforest.com (site opens in new window)
Visit wdsra.com (link opens in new window)
Visit wheatonparkdistrict.com (link opens in new window)
Visit shanesinspiration.org (link opens in new window)
Visit playlsi.com (link opens in new window)
Visit kiwanisofwheaton.org (link opens in new window)