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Video: Nine parks in nine minutes

A tour of Lansing’s “Destination Parks”

by Melanie Jongsma

LANSING, Ill. (July 30, 2021) – Lansing is graced with at least 19 parks throughout the community, and nine of those have been designated as “Destination Parks” by the Lan-Oak Park District. The Lansing Journal visited each of those nine Destination Parks and created a video tour of them. The map below the video provides an overview of where the Destination Parks are located in Lansing.

Lan-Oak Park (beginning at 0:32)

Bock Park (beginning at 1:38)

Potts Park (beginning at 3:05)

Copper Muggers Park (beginning at 3:49)

Winterhoff Park (beginning at 4:30)

Van Laten Park (beginning at 5:20)

Oakley Park (beginning at 6:18)

Rotary Park (beginning at 7:14)

Erfert Park (beginning at 7:42)

  • Location: 188th and Burnham Avenue
  • Destination features: Fishing pond, sledding hill

Destination Parks overview

Destination Parks
Josh and Melanie visited nine Destination Parks to create a video tour. (Graphic: Josh Bootsma)

Other parks in Lansing, Illinois

The full list of Lansing’s parks — and the various amenities available at each — is available from Lan-Oak Park District as a downloadable PDF:

Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma
Melanie Jongsma grew up in Lansing, Illinois, and believes The Lansing Journal has an important role to play in building community through trustworthy information.


  1. Wonderful posting, Melanie & Josh! I had NO idea we had so many beautiful parks here in town. I hope lots of people read/listen to this article. Thanks much for sharing – I’m leaving right now, for a park!! 🙂

    • Thank you Barb! Josh and I had fun shooting this video, and we are glad to know it is providing useful information to Lansing residents.

  2. Well done video. You’ve done your homework. Bock Park has issues though, like the gutters falling apart on the shelter and a glass strewn parking lot. I’ve reported these items, to no avail.
    Erfert would be a great destination for the cruise nights, instead of clogging up Ridge road, in my opinion.
    Why the name change to Lions Park?

    • Thanks for the kudos, Eb. I don’t remember all the specifics behind the name change at Lions Park, but I’ll share what I can. The Copper Muggers had a different Lansing park named after them, but that park was near a school (possibly Reavis?), and when the school needed to expand, the park district ceded the land to them. The Lansing Lions Club already had an area on the south end of town with a couple of baseball fields. That area is known as Lions Stadium. The park district added a park near Lions Stadium and named it Lions Park, and they “gave” the former Lions Park to the Copper Muggers.

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