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PARK NAME: Ambucs Park
LOCATION: 1100 block of University Avenue, Urbana
AMENITIES: Accessible wooden structures including a train and a truck, plenty of grass, swings (infant and child), multi-level climbing structure with multiple slides, covered picnic areas, grills. Jean Driscoll Pavilion is an open air facility that can accommodate about 120 people, and the smaller Nick Santi Pavilion is adjacent and is also available for rentals.
The 22-acre park, originally named Woodland Park, also boasts restrooms, plenty of shade trees, drinking fountains and a ball field.
GOOD FOR: Infants and up. Younger kids will love infant swings and all the grass, and toddlers and preschoolers will enjoy climbing, sliding and exploring the rest of the park. Bigger kids will still have plenty to keep them occupied while the little ones play. Ambucs Park is also the closest Champaign-Urbana comes to a handicapped-accessible outdoor play space.
AMY’S TAKE: This is the first park I ever went to in Chambana, and it was one of the first things I loved about my new community. There is no doubt in my mind that the park systems in Urbana and Champaign are one of the best features of these two cities. Just be careful in the spring, when water can collect at the bottom of the slides. My pants and I learned this lesson the hard way.