Cantigny Park debuts new Red Oaks Farm playground

Fourth-graders from West Chicago's Turner Elementary School were among the first kids to get a chance to try out the new Red Oaks Farm playground when it made its debut Friday at Wheaton's Cantigny Park.

The playground, which pays homage to the Cantigny estate's name from 1896 until 1919, is part of the park's $25 million "Project New Leaf" renovations that will continue through the end of 2021.

In a nod to Cantigny's history as a working farm, the playground includes elements made to look like a grain silo, storage barn and water tower.

Designed by California-based Daniels Wood Land, the wooden structures are built from California redwood and old wine barrels.

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