200 Prairie Rose Lane
By Emily Harrington
Two play areas for the gas price of one. If you want an energy-burning play stop for your kids, the Prairie Fields Park in Savoy is the place. These expansive grounds provide plenty of outdoor space for kids of all ages to run, jump and play.
Prairie Fields Park is a 10-acre park located in the Prairie Fields Subdivision just two blocks north of Church Street on Prairie Rose Lane in Savoy. This fairly new park development began in 2005 and has blossomed since its birth with the addition of Savoy’s largest playground, Travis Field baseball diamond and soccer field.
The playground features one larger interconnected structure with crawling tubes, swirly (and straight) slides, hanging (and swinging) bars and rock walls—yes plural—there’s practically two of everything. There is also a telescope, spinning images and other play things to hold your youngster’s attention. Another adjacent structure is for smaller children with tamer slides and shorter steps. Swings—let’s not forget swings. The least-physical-effort-put-forth-while-still-playing-with-your-kids-activity! Nothing like swinging and Prairie Fields Park has plenty for the big and small. Between the two structures you’ll find a spot ideal for lunch or a snack—the shaded pavilion provides a place to sit and rest. Maybe you want to catch some rays? If so, there are benches and rocking benches surrounding the playground. A seasonal water fountain is available to quench you or your little one’s thirst. Same goes for portable toilets. Only the toilets are available at this time.
If you go Monday through Friday during the school year you may share the space with school-aged kids as Carrie Busey Elementary School students often go to the park on nice days. Also, check out the information board at the park’s entrance where kid-friendly opportunities are posted.
One of the best amenities to this park is there’s an actual park outside of the park! Let’s say your youngster’s attention starts to drift. No problem. Walk over to Carrie Busey’s park at the back of the school. Locals refer to this structure as “The Blue Park” hence the blue equipment. Here you will find basketball courts and another play structure designed for school-aged kids. Just be mindful when school’s in session as this is ultimately the school’s property.
These Savoy parks see a lot of little feet on sunny weekends, but are relatively quiet during the week. Stop by and add to the foot traffic in this bountiful-neighborhood park.