Like the others, Old Park got its name from my kids, simply because it looks older than their other favorite parks. Despite its nostalgic feel, there’s still tons of fun to be had at Old Park, which is really called Seneca Playlot Park. Around since the early 1900s, Seneca Playlot Park got its name from adjacent Seneca Street, named for the Iroquois tribe of upstate New York.
Hiding in the shadows of Water Tower Place, Old Park has seating around the perimeter of the park. This has become a race car track for my son who loves to race his cars up and down the benches. The occasional crash happens too, when my daughter chases him. There’s a parkway with benches and birds. It’s quite terrifying, but the kids love to chase the birds.
There are plenty of swings and jungle gyms for the kids, but the awesome thing about Old Park is that it is divided into two parks. There’s also a bigger park for smaller kids and a smaller park for bigger kids. The slides are taller and a bit more complex in the one intended for bigger kids. As the kids are growing they love the feeling of being a “big kid.”
After all that playtime, everyone is hungry. Frankie’s at Michigan and Walton is great with a plenty of options for kids. There is also FoodLife in Water Tower Place, a cafe with multiple stations featuring all types of things to eat. Yay, pizza!!