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The Pekin Park Board of Commissioners Adopted A Health and Wellness Policy

April 8, 2021

The Pekin Park District worked with the Illinois Public Health Institute and Tazewell County Health Department to develop a Health and Wellness Policy for the Park District. The Pekin Park District was identified as a key community organization to adopt and implement such a policy. The policy focuses on Nutrition, Physical Activity, Local Purchasing and Sustainability, and includes ways to educate, monitor and communicate the implementation of these policies to staff and the public.

For background, the Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) has a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called the Illinois State Physical Activity and Nutrition (ISPAN) program. The ISPAN program advances initiatives related to nutrition and physical activity in order to help support the health of Illinoisans, especially low-income and rural communities, and communities of color. The ISPAN program prioritizes three regions in the state, including the Tazewell, Peoria, Woodford Tri-County region.

The Tazewell County Health Department (TCHD) has partnered with IPHI through ISPAN to work with important community organizations to provide healthier food options to the communities they serve. As an organization integral to the fabric of Pekin, the Pekin Park District was identified by the TCHD as a critical partner in local efforts to help our community members live healthier lives. In accordance with our mission to improve quality of life for the district’s residents, the Pekin Park District anticipates this policy will solidify our continued dedication to the health and wellness of our employees, communities and environment.

Check out our policy here! For questions about our policy, please contact Cameron Bettin, Executive Director of the Pekin Park District at cbettin@pekinparkdistrict.org. To learn about opportunities for your organization to develop their own policy, reach out to Kathryn from the Illinois Public Health Institute at Kathryn.Bernstein@iphionline.org.



Mineral Springs Park Project Updates

The Boating on the Lagoon will be getting a new boat dock in the coming weeks. The old dock will be removed and a new floating dock system will be installed. As of right now, the plan is to open the boats in mid-May.

As most of you are probably aware, the Popcorn Stand will not be opening this summer. The decision was made after the 2020 summer season to close the facility because it had been too expensive to operate and not generating enough revenue to keep it open. It was also decided to turn the stand into our Park Police Department headquarters instead of having them stationed at the Pavilion.

Drinking fountains will not be turned on to start the spring/summer season per the Phase 4 Guidelines. As soon as we are able, we will turn them on. So, plan on coming to the park with your own filled water bottle or purchase water/soda at one of our vending machines once they are up and running. Also, once DragonLand Water Park is open and during their normal operating hours of Noon to 5:00 pm daily, the concession stand will be available for you to purchase food from the outside window along Dragon Drive. The Magic Dragon Mini Golf has some packaged concession goods available for purchase as well.




The Mineral Springs Park Playground is completed except for a roller slide that has not been installed. You will notice where this is because it has been closed off for safety reasons. Unfortunately, a piece of the slide came damaged and is on order to be replaced. We are expecting the replacement piece to be delivered the 3rd or 4th week in April, and it will be installed soon after. Also, there are some new tandem swings that were not able to be installed because all the parts were not delivered. Other than those couple items, the playground is complete and open ahead of schedule. Enjoy and play safe!

The Royal Avenue restrooms are now open.

Another item our Parks Department will be addressing when the weather warms up on a more consistent basis is painting the swing sets so they have a fresh coat of paint on them. When that work is to be done, we will post notices at the playground and on social media as to when they will be closed off.


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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