Carpenter Park and Playground

Working closely with the Village of Carpentersville, Upland Design created a new master plan for their centrally located historic park. The new master plan design took into account existing programs and users of the park. Amenities include a nature playground, picnic shelter, bag games, basketball courts, disc golf, and softball field.

A four season sensory garden was designed to enclose the veteran’s memorial area to create a more intimate area and separation with the rest of the active park. Asphalt paths around the park were included to connect the park to regional trails including the Fox River Trial. Improvements to the creek that flow through the park were also added to improve the aesthetics as habitat for pollinators.

Project Details


Village of Carpentersville



Carpenter Park Playground
The new Carpenter Park playground was created as part of a larger OSLAD grant project. The playground has a nature theme with a mix of colors and textures as well as a landform elevation change. It incorporates built play equipment, plantings, boulders, wood tree circles, stone walks and overhead trellis entry features. Rubber surfacing designed as a flowing river allows kids to take steppers across the water. The highest play surface on the play equipment provides a vantage point to see the whole park.

Carpenter Park - Baseball Backstop
Carpenter Park - Baseball Dugout
Basketball Courts
Carpenter Master Plan
Iron Oaks Plaza Concept
Carpenter Park - Playground River