Nestled in the heart of Glen Ellyn, Lake Ellyn Park is a large, shady park with plenty of features and attractions. In addition to a large open play area, playground, drinking fountains, and a wooded picnic area with grills, the park also boast beautiful Lake Ellyn.
Lake Ellyn, a 10-acre lake, is the site of the Park District's popular Gone Fishin' Derby, Turkey Trot, and an outdoor ice skating and hockey rink in winter (ice conditions permitting). Lake Ellyn Park also hosts the Lake Ellyn Boathouse, a popular venue for special events, parties, and weddings.
An almost mile-long trail winds through the park and around the perimeter of the lake allowing visitors to enjoy a picturesque view while jogging or biking.
Each summer families can enjoy boating on the lake, as the Park District offers canoes, paddles, oars, and life jackets for rent on specified days throughout the season (see the current Spring/Summer Activity Guide for details).
The park also features a lakeside Veterans' memorial and two clay tennis courts which are open from dawn-dusk, April-November (membership is required).
- 10 Acre Lake (3,340 feet around)
- Lake Ellyn Boathouse (Can Be Rented)
- Public Restrooms (April-October)
- Fishing Deck
- Outdoor Ice Skating/Warming House
- Open Play Area
- Drinking Fountains
- Wooded Picnic Area
- Walking Paths
- 2 Clay Tennis Courts (Membership Required)
- Veteran's Memorial
Current Size: 25 Acres
A Tennis Gem in Glen Ellyn
Posted by Walt Zlotow (Glen Ellyn Patch, July 10, 2014)
Tucked away in the western edge of Glen Ellyn's scenic Lake Ellyn Park is possibly the oldest recreational facility in all of Glen Ellyn: nearly century old clay tennis courts. Upon entering the gated facility with a membership key, one is transported back to a bygone era when tennis was played on clay or grass instead of the hard surfaces developed in the modern age.
The packed green clay forms a subsurface topped with a gritty material which gives the courts their soft, natural feel. The ball bounces higher on clay slowing down the game and extending rallies well past those possible on hard surfaces. Surrounded by abundant trees and shrubs one forgets about the fast paced modern world lurking just yards from the old time tennis action. The feet and knees take less of a pounding and if you fall you're more likely to wind up with dirt stains rather than cuts and abrasions.
No matter how exhausted one is after a couple of hours of competitive tennis, both players must take up the roller and brush implements to smooth out the now gouged court surface and clean off the white court lines. That is part of the special ambiance experienced playing the game as it was in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.