Independence Park (click here for map) covers approximately 300 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows bordered by Route 29 on the West, I-474 on the North and LaSalle Blvd. on the South. The land supports about 15 species of animals, 80 species of birds and a wide spectrum of plant life.
The land was formally used as a proving ground by Caterpillar Tractor Company. Is has since been turned over to the Pekin Park District and left to return to its natural state.
Deer, fox, coyote, muskrat and beaver are just a few of the animals that inhabit the park. Careful and close observation of the landscape will reveal many rare species of flowers and plant life.
Trails are multiuse and enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers (click here for map). Trails are both marked and unmarked. Users should take care when hiking so as to not get lost. Parking is available at the public parking area on LaSalle Blvd. near Route 29 (Marquette Heights) and across from the main entrance gate on St. Clair Drive. Additional access may be gained from the public parking areas at the ball diamonds on upper LaSalle Blvd. Visitors are reminded to secure their vehicles and valuables when parking.
(309) 353-7220 (office)
(309) 346-3132 (dispatch)
The following acts are prohibited:
- Possession of Alcohol
- Littering / Dumping
- Disturbing Animals or Plant Life
- Cutting of Trees or Shrubs
- Motorized vehicles outside of designated areas
- Fires in areas not designated
- Being in Park Before or After Posted Hours (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)