I think Nielson's Grove Park in Orem is one of the prettiest parks in Utah County. It's pretty new, big (21.4 acres), and well maintained.
Lily and I parked on the south side of the park, although there is plenty of parking on the north side as well. First we walked to the fountain & reflecting pool. Lily was excited to see the water.
There are signs everywhere warning not to wade or play in the water because the water is untreated. Lily did a pretty good job just looking, but I think this part of the park might be harder with older toddlers, or more than one. I can just imagine some of my nieces and nephews wanting to play in the water, and it being a constant struggle to keep them out.
On the north side of the park there is a duck pond. Lily and I sat and watched the ducks, and then a very nice little boy and his mom gave Lily some bread to feed them. I think feeding the ducks was Lily's favorite part of this park.
The ducks were very friendly. You can tell they are used to human interaction.
The playground, also toward the north side of the park, is pretty big but probably better suited for older kids. The slides and walkways are high and steep. Older kids would love this playground, but there wasn't a playground more suited for littler kids. There were a few swings just outside this picture, with 2 baby swings, but the swings were all being used the day we came so we just watched for a minute and moved on.
On the south side of the park they have another swing structure, one that is much higher. Lily loved swinging in her baby swing. Since the swing is so much higher, you go a lot farther back and forth without going higher off the ground. The pro: These swings are fun. They are new and exciting. The con: There aren't very many swings. If you go on a busy day, you may have to wait your turn.
The park also has a large, open, grassy area. We have played softball and frisbee in this open area before. There are picnic tables surrounding the grassy area.
There are some gardens on the north west side of the park. There weren't many colorful flowers when we went, but we did wait until the end of September to take a look. Also, did you know this park has a museum during the summer? I'm going to have to try that out sometime soon.
Nielson's Grove Park
Sandhill Road 2000 S in Orem
Total Acres: 21.4
The Large Bowery is available for rental and amenities include 12 tables/10 per table = 120 people and 6 electrical outlets. This Bowery is not covered. There are no barbecue braziers available at this site.
The 8 picnic areas are not available for rentals but available for drop-in visits. One electrical outlet is available at each picnic area
Barn/maintenance shed (not available for rentals)
The museum will be open during the summer from 1-3 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and on Wednesdays from 11 am - 1 pm and 4-6 pm. The museum is open thanks to the help of our volunteers. If you would like to volunteer contact the museum volunteer coordinator, at 229-7099. The museum is open by appointment only from November 1 through April 30. Please call 229-7099 to schedule a time to visit the museum.