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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.



Blenkiron Park will be closed the week of December 14 for the installation of a new swing set.

Sorry for the inconvenience, and thank you for your patience and understanding.



Construction on the Skate Park is complete and is open for use.


The regularly scheduled meeting of the Board of Commissioners scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2020 has been canceled.



Pekin Park District
Mineral Springs Park
OSLAD Grant Playground Improvements

Proposed improvements for the Mineral Springs Park playground funded by the 2020 Open Space Land Acquisitions grant received by Pekin Park District. The Pekin Park District and Farnsworth Group are very interested in community input, and ask that you review and provide feedback. Thank you for your participation.

Link to: Mineral Springs Proposed Playground Improvements



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New Online Registration Site Now LIVE!

Pekin Park District announces Online Registration Software switch to SmartRec by Amilia scheduled to go LIVE on October 1. SmartRec will offer participant and families an easier streamlined Online Registration experience.

Ease of use

You can now register and pay for activities, see your and your family’s schedule at-a-glance and update account information ALL on one online platform. Simply access your user account on your desktop and download the Amilia app through your app store. No more waiting in lines!

Transparency all the way

View each family member’s activities, memberships and billings so that you can keep track of payments made, upcoming payments, as well as balances due. Filing paper copies of invoices and receipts is a thing of the past!

An activity hub for your family

Explore, discover and sign up for Pekin Park District recreation programs and facilities from one centralized hub. Updated in real-time, they are now accessible anytime, anywhere.

Although all users will be required to create a new account, current registrations will not be lost and no need to re-register for current classes.

A 5-step guide to help you get started

1. On or after October 1, go to www.pekinparkdistrict.org

2. Click on the ‘Online Registration’ button

3. Create your account

4. Once connected to your Recreation User Account powered by Amilia, click on your email address (top right of your screen) and go to my account

5. Click on members and add your personal information and address

6. All Set to begin registering for programs easier than ever

Contact the Recreation Department at 347-7274 for any questions.

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The Pekin Park District continues to work with American Ramp Company (ARC) to rebuild the existing skate park at Mineral Springs Park. The link below is to American Ramp Company CAD drawings of phase 1, 2, and 3 of the Skate Park construction based on the feedback from the initial design survey sent out a few weeks. Take a look and there is also an area to provide feedback.



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.

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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