Armstrong park, named after the famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, is the park district’s original park.
The park has six lighted baseball/softball fields, one basketball court, and two football fields. In the winter there is a sled hill and in the summer there is a roller rink for roller hockey. Lake George offers fishing, boating or just enjoying.
This park is the home of Kids World Playground at the north end. This was a playground built by the community in 1998. There is a large picnic pavilion adjacent to this playground for large picnics.
Armstrong Park also includes smaller playgrounds near the baseball diamonds on the south end of the park, a couple of sand volleyball courts and other small pavilions for picnics or just sitting and relaxing. There is a 1.25 mile pathway that circles the entire park for those that love to walk.
Kids World Update
The Board of Commissioners acknowledged Carol Stream Park District’s Staff report on July 9, 2012 that the Kids World playground has become severely deteriorated. Despite a three-week restoration project in 2008 and continuous upkeep and maintenance since, vandalism and normal wear and tear have taken a toll on this beloved playground. The community made a conscious choice to not treat the wood with chemicals in 1998 due to a concern for children’s health; however, now the wood is rotting. The Parks staff has continued to try creative solutions to maintain the playground according to safety and service standards. With the upcoming Armstrong Park stormwater management improvements, the timing is right for a new playground to be constructed.
The Park District Board and Staff seek your opinions! Please plan to attend a town hall meeting on January 22, 2013, at either 9:00am or 7:30pm at Simkus Recreation Center, to learn more about the playground options, community build options, and how you can get involved. Be sure to contact us if you are interested or have any questions.
Gretna Station Museum & Caboose
The Gretna Station Museum in Armstrong Park is a partnership of the Carol Stream Park District and the Carol Stream Historical Society. The museum was moved and in 1976 re-erected as a bicentennial commission and donated to the Park District. The Elgin-Joliet and Eastern Railway donated the caboose to the Carol Stream Historical Society.