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Mineral Springs Park playground will be closed beginning February 8. Construction will begin the week of February 8 with removal of the play equipment and wood fibar safety surfacing. Installation of the playground is scheduled to begin April 1 at the latest. Depending on how the demolition goes and construction of the new sidewalk, installation of the playground could begin sooner. 



Public Skate, Freestyle Sessions, and Stick & Puck Sessions return to Veterans Memorial Arena the week of January 25, 2021. Go to the Veterans Memorial Arena page for more information.



Plans to Solicit Public Input on Playgrounds at Kiwanis Park North and Southside Business Association Park

The Pekin Park District will be sending out a survey this winter to garner feedback from the neighboring residents of Kiwanis Park North and Southside Business Association Park. From information received by the residents, the Park District will make a determination as to the best way to move forward with these parks, particularly the playgrounds.

The play structures are beyond their useful life, and replacement parts are either not available or limited in what is available. Besides the age of the playgrounds, they are also becoming a safety concern.

The Park District will be removing the playground structures at Kiwanis Park North and Southside Business Association Parks at some point within the next six months.

At this time, the Park District does not have any immediate plans to replace these playgrounds, but needs your input to develop plans for their replacement, and potentially other improvements to these parks.

The swings at Kiwanis Park North will remain, and the elementary school has a playground structure available for use by the neighborhood when school is not in class.

As for Southside Business Association Park, the play structure and swings will be removed, along with the timber edging and some benches. The area will be landscaped with grass seed. There are several playgrounds within walking distance to serve this neighborhood; one at Railsplitters Park and two at the Pekin Sports Complex.

If you have any questions, please contact Cameron Bettin, Executive Director, at 353-4328 or by e-mail at cbettin@pekinparkdistrict.org.

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.

 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.


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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