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Due to the events and restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, Pekin Park District has made the difficult decision to cancel our entire day camp schedule for Adventure Camp at the Arena, Adventures in Nature at Soldwedel, and IRVSRA’s Sunshine Day Camp for summer of 2020.

 Each year our goal is to provide a fun, active, and safe day camp experience that is truly an adventure every day for our campers. As we planned our day camps in line with current health and safety guidelines, we quickly realized this goal would be difficult and providing an experience that resembles our usual daily fun and active adventures would be impossible.

 Those who have already registered will be issued a full refund be in the form of a check from Pekin Park District. Please allow approximately 2 weeks for delivery. Families who have questions regarding their camper’s registration or refund are encouraged to contact the Recreation Department via email to spowers@pekinparkdistrict.org.

 Pekin Park District will continue to evaluate our programming and make difficult decisions keeping the health and safety of our participants and staff our main priority. To see up to date information and announcements regarding programming, events, and facilities, please visit our website at www.pekinparkdistrict.org or like Pekin Park District on Facebook.




DragonLand Water Park and Riverfront Park Splash Pad
Closed for the 2020 Season

Camps, Leagues and Programs to be Determined

The Pekin Park District makes every effort to provide safe, clean, family friendly facilities and activities for the residents of Pekin. We also encourage health and wellness through outdoor recreation, programming and the use of our facilities.

We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 situation and making operational modifications and adjustments accordingly. Because the majority of our governance is based on state statutes and laws established by our legislators, we are complying with the current Executive Order and Restore Illinois Plan.

On April 30, 2020, Governor Pritzker signed Executive Order No. 2020-32 extending the stay at home order through May 30, 2020. The Governor’s regional, five phase “Restore Illinois” plan released May 5, 2020 calls for public gatherings to be limited to a maximum of 10 individuals until further notice and subsequently limited to a maximum of 50 until a vaccine or highly effective treatment is widely available or elimination of any new cases for a prolonged period of time. These limits on the size of public gatherings will make some Park District operations difficult at best, and financially not possible at worst for some time.

Although there are some summer recreation programs we are hoping to modify to comply with the ever changing public health guidelines, we do not believe the operation of DragonLand Water Park is one of them. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) currently advises park users to not use splash pads, water playgrounds, or water park features and other frequently touched recreation equipment. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), who licenses all public swimming facilities throughout the State is currently not allowing the operation of these facilities. Facilities like DragonLand require a significant number of staff members to be present at all times of operation, additionally complicating the “large public gatherings” restrictions. Ellis and Associates, our lifeguard and swim instructor certifying and licensing body, has suspended certification and recertification classes indefinitely. The IDPH requires certified lifeguard staff at all times to operate our public swimming facility. Without these training and certification classes, we will not have the staff to safely operate. All these mitigating factors as well financial considerations have led us to the conclusion of canceling the 2020 DragonLand Water Park season. We were anxiously awaiting showing off a newly renovated and fully operational DragonLand Water Park and will miss having everyone there this season. We will also not be opening the splash pad at the Riverfront based on CDC advisement.

More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead as to whether or not summer camp, leagues and programming will occur this summer. The health and safety of participants and staff are at the forefront of our decision making process when determining if CDC and IDPH guidelines can be implemented operationally and financially in order to modify these recreational opportunities. For the latest updates, check our Facebook page and Website homepage, www.pekinparkdistrict.org.


Pekin Park District update on COVID-19 as it relates to park and recreational programs, facilities and amenities



Seasonal Lagoon Treatment has Begun

As of April 1st, the Pekin Park District staff have begun treatment of the Lagoon to control the growth of undesirable plant life. Click Here for detailed information.


COVID-19 Updates:


The Pekin Park District Board of Commissioners will conduct their March 26, 2020 meeting by telephone. Due to Covid-19, Open Meetings Act requirements have lessened. If you wish to attend the meeting please call 971-224-6586, enter code: 169444. Click here for agenda

Saturday, March 21, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

All Pekin Park District offices and building facilities will be closed to the general public until April 7, 2020

Also closed during this time period:                                     Parkview Golf Course                                                                   All Pekin Park District Playgrounds

Per the Governor of Illinois Executive Order in Response to COVID-19 (COVID-19 Executive Order No. 10) issued on March 20, 2020


Please be aware that due to COVID-19 precautions, the Pekin Park District Miller Center's Transportation Service will no longer be available starting March 23rd.

We will let you know as soon as we are able to resume these services. Please Stay Home and Stay Safe!

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this difficult time.


Parkside Fitness Closed

Parkside Fitness Members and Guests:

The Pekin Park District has made the difficult decision to close Parkside Fitness and all of our programs and activities effective March 18th through April 7th for what we feel is in the best interest of our members, guests and staff.  Thank you for your understanding during this very trying time for all.

Our friends at Les Mills have been very gracious and provided us a link to provide to all of our members that will allow you to access 95 free workouts across 8 categories.  Please copy the following link and paste it into a new browser to gain access https://lmod.co/club

This is an ever quickly changing situation, so please be sure to follow the Parkside Athletics Facebook page, Pekin Park District website and Pekin Park District Facebook page for additional updates. 

We will be giving credits for membership and Kidz Klub during the time we are closed due to Covid-19, please be patient as we work through this process. 

Thank you again!

Pekin Park District Administration


Now Hiring for 2020 Summer Seasonal Positions


Pekin Park District Awarded $400,000 grant for improvements to Mineral Springs Park

Mineral Springs Park OSLAD Improvement Plan

Governor Pritzker Announces $29.7 Million in Grants for Illinois Park Projects

OSLAD Grants Will Support Park Development and Open Space Land Acquisition in 27 Counties

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Governor JB Pritzker today announced $29.7 million in grants for 85 local projects which will help communities acquire open space and develop and improve recreational facilities throughout Illinois.

“Investments in local park projects are good for families and recreation enthusiasts, helping them enjoy outdoor activities and making Illinois communities better places to live and work,” Governor Pritzker said. “Parks projects also boost local economic development efforts and spur additional investment throughout the state.”

The grants announced today are funded through the state’s Open Space Land Acquisition and Development (OSLAD) program, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). The OSLAD program can provide up to one-half of a project’s funds. When combined with the investment of local matching funds, the grants announced today will support more than $56 million in local park development projects and land acquisitions statewide.

The OSLAD program has invested $403.2 million in 1,729 local park projects since its inception in 1987. The program receives dedicated funding from a percentage of the state’s Real Estate Transfer Tax.


Pekin Park District Facilities Unite Under One Cohesive Brand

January 14, 2019 – Pekin, IL

Pekin Park District (PPD) is excited to announce a new and modern brand for its organization, parks, golf courses and district run facilities in Mineral Springs Park with eight new logos that   will unite its diverse programs and services. Included in the rebrand are the following: Pekin Park District, DragonLand Water Park, Magic Dragon Mini Golf, Parkside Fitness, Miller Center, Lick Creek Golf Course, Parkview Golf Course, and Veterans Memorial Arena.

“Pekin Park District offers our residents so many programs and services, but prior to the new brand launch, they may not have known these facilities were part of the PPD family,” said Cameron Bettin, Executive Director for the Pekin Park District. “This redesign modernizes the look of the Pekin Park District as a whole yet still honors the traditions of our 117-year history with the incorporation of our iconic Pavilion.”

“This is one important step the Park District is taking to achieve our new strategic vision. All our diverse offerings are now tied to one easily identifiable and iconic brand. We also retain our strong sense of tradition while progressively meeting the changing needs and desires of our valued users. We look forward to showcasing all that we will provide residents in 2020 and beyond as our planning process continues,” said Gary Gillis, Commissioner, Pekin Park District Board.

Pekin Park District is one of the largest park districts in Illinois acreage wise, encompassing over 2,275 acres of land with 17 parks and 2 golf courses. In addition to its water park, ice arena, golf courses, fitness center and senior activity center, PPD also offers numerous hiking trails and open spaces for residents and families from all over Central Illinois to enjoy. Over 150 activities, programs and classes for the community are also available including: fishing, horseback riding, archery, group camping, indoor and outdoor tennis and pickleball courts, disc golf, racquetball and wally-ball courts, basketball courts, soccer fields, football fields, baseball and softball diamonds, competitive swim, competitive hockey, ice skating, tumbling, dance, cheer, exercise classes, senior programs, camps, community events, birthday parties, and many more.


December 19, 2019

Pekin Park District will be inviting food vendors to setup in Mineral Springs Park on Fridays from 11a – 1p beginning June 5 through August 28, 2020. To be considered, please complete this application and return to Pekin Park District Recreation Department, Attn: MSP Food Vendor Application, 1701 Court St. Pekin, IL 61554 or email to Shawn Powers at spowers@pekinparkdistrict.org Please contact the Recreation Department Office at 347-7275 with any questions.

2020 Pekin Park District Mineral Springs Park Food Vendor Application

Pekin Park District
Board of Commissioners

Approves Strategic Plan

November 29, 2018

Click to view:
"Moving Forward" - A Strategies
Blueprint 2018-2021


Enjoy an aerial view of Mineral Springs Park, courtesy of Bland Productions: http://vimeo.com/109396331




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