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The Pekin Park District is working with American Ramp Company (ARC) to rebuild the existing skate park at Mineral Springs Park. This is part of the IDNR OSLAD grant that the Park District received this past year for improvements to the park. The skate park is one of the improvements. The Park District and ARC would like your input on what you envision for the skate park. The following link, http://americanrampcompany.com/pekin/ , will take you to a survey that will help us determine specific obstacles or features that will be placed on the existing concrete slab. Using the information gathered from this public community survey, ARC will use these insights to generate a design plan for Mineral Springs Park Skate Park. Thank you in advance for the taking the time to fill out the survey and providing valuable insight to the Park District and ARC.


Playgrounds are now open

Per guidance from the State; public, outdoor playgrounds are allowed to be opened at the local agency’s discretion.

Playgrounds are now limited to no more than 50 persons, and individuals should follow social distancing guidance and all other applicable IDPH guidance.

Signs will be placed at the playgrounds indicating this.


Pekin Park District will be opening up the following restrooms

this week in Mineral Springs Park:

Royal Avenue

Miler Center Parking Lot

4-H Shelter

The restroom at the Parks Department Maintenance Shop on Coal Car Drive have been open and will remain open.

Due to extensive water line and plumbing work needing to be done on the dugout parking lot or “Hill’ restrooms, these will not be open, and it has not yet been determined when they will be open. Most likely they will not be open this season. Sorry for the inconvenience.  



Boating on the Lagoon is now open daily 12p - 7p. Last boat out at 6:30p. $4.00 per rider and children under 3 are free. Boats and life jackets are sanitized after every use and all Phase 4 precautions and guidelines will be followed.


Magic Dragon Mini Golf in Now Open Daily. Monday - Saturday 12p - 9p & Sunday 12p - 8p

Please be aware of the following COVID / Phase 3 adjustments we have to make.

1. We will not be selling any concessions. Visitors may bring bottled water in with them.
2. The restrooms are closed. The closest public restroom will be at the maintenance building across the street from Diamond #1
3. We are operating at 50% capacity. Max of 4 per hole. Families with small children larger than 4 can be accommodated however.
4. Please keep an empty hole between groups. Staff will be on the course to guide traffic.
5. Please observe proper social distancing
6. The small gate next to the cashier building will be the entrance. The other two gates will be exit only.
7. Hand sanitizer is available for public use.
8. Staff will be sanitizing frequently touched areas around the course frequently.
9. All clubs and balls will be sanitized before and after use




Yesterday, June 1, the Pekin Park District Parks Department began demolition of the rest of the skate park in Mineral Springs Park. The area will remain closed through Phase III of the Restore Illinois Plan and will reopen starting with Phase IV when the gathering number increases to 50 people. Proper social distancing will still be required. During this time, it will only be an open concrete area.

As has been indicated in past communications, the Park District has received an Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources for various improvements throughout Mineral Springs Park. The skate park is one of the areas to be improved. The Park District will be obtaining input from the public through the planning process of the skate park. How this will be conducted is yet to be determined because of the guidelines and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. More information will be forthcoming once we make this determination. Our goal is to complete the planning process this summer and get the skate park constructed this fall.

Thank you to those that have provided input on the skate park in the past and indicating the importance of this recreational amenity to the community. Also, thank you for your patience. The Park District is excited to see this area of the park get a much need makeover.



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 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.


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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