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November 16, 2021


The Lagoon sidewalk will close for repairs beginning Monday, November 22nd and remain closed until repairs are completed.We understand how this may impact daily walks and ask that you try these other locations as an alternative:

-James Field, located at Court St. & 9th St.
-Pekin Sports Complex walking track, located at 300 Koch St.
-Pekin Park Bike Path, which runs from the Riverfront Park all the way east to Allentown Rd. There is convenient parking in Riverfront Park, Mineral Springs Park, and Coal Miners Park.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this project.



October 19, 2021

Mineral Springs Park Improvements Project Illinois Department of Natural Resources Open Space Land Acquisition and Development Grant Lagoon Patio and Sidewalk Renovation and Sidewalk Installation – Playground to Restrooms to Diamond #1

October 25, 2021, construction will begin on a new sidewalk north of the Mineral Springs Park playground. The new walk will connect the playground to the Royal Avenue restrooms. The asphalt walk connecting the restrooms to Diamond #1 will also be removed and replaced with a concrete walk.

November 1, 2021, demolition and replacement of the concrete patio area on the south side of the Pavilion will begin. It is anticipated that construction will take two weeks, dependent on weather. Those who walk the Lagoon will be rerouted at the east sidewalk leading to the Dugout Parking Lot and Pavilion Road, and at the sidewalk north of the Boathouse to the crosswalk on the north side of the Pavilion. Please see the attached map of the detour. For your safety and the contractor’s safety we ask that you please follow the detour signs.

In lieu of walking around the Lagoon, we do have looped paths at James Field (5 times around equals 1 mile) and the Pekin Sports Complex (1 time around equals 1.6 miles), as well as the path system at Coal Miners’ Park which also includes a portion of the 4.3 mile Pekin Bike Path that takes you down to the riverfront.

Should you have any questions, please contact the Executive Director’s office at 353-4328.

Map of Lagoon Walking Detour


October 1, 2021

The Basketball Courts will be closed until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience to those that use the courts for their intended purpose. We hope to have them open in the near future.


September 9, 2021

We will begin concrete work inside the Happy Tails Dog Park beginning Monday, September 13th.

We are expanding the concrete pads at the main entrances of both the Big Dog and Small Dog sides to help minimize the wear and tear on the grass turf at these locations.

During construction, we ask that all visitors use the side gate entrances. The front gates will be locked and the area around the construction zones will be fenced off.

Thank you for your cooperation during the completion of this project.



September 6, 2021

The Marigold Festival is coming to Mineral Springs Park this week. The following roads / areas will be closed for Marigold Festival setup and events through the end of the day on September 12.

Closures Beginning September 7:

  • Recreation Drive from Royal Avenue to the Skate Park. (Skate Park will be accessible)
  • Coal Car Drive from Royal Avenue to the Blackwell Administration Building. (Administration Building will be accessible)
  • Most of the parking lot behind Magic Dragon Mini Golf. There will be some parking available along the east side of the Administration Building.

Closures Beginning September 9:

  • Pavilion Road and Pavilion Drive will be closed at 4:00p until the evening of Sunday, September 12.

Closures Beginning September 10:

  • Dugout Parking Lot except for a few rows for Dog Park parking.
  • Parking spots in the PCHS / Veterans Memorial Arena parking lot along the high school baseball diamond fence and approx. 5 spaces to the north.

Closures Beginning September 11 & 12:

  • Coal Car Drive at Red Bud Memorial Drive will be closed to through traffic.


September 1, 2021

We are sorry to announce that the Riverfront Interactive Fountain will be closing for the season effective immediately.

The main water pump has ceased operation. Unfortunately, with the fountain’s operating season scheduled to shut down on September 13, it cannot be replaced in a timely fashion.


August 30, 2021

Pekin Park District is Hiring and Participating!

The Greater Peoria Hiring Extravaganza will take place Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Employers across the region will place Purple Balloons outside of their businesses to show they are hiring!

Walk in and drop off a resume at participating companies, chat with a hiring manager, and/or apply online! You can see a list of participating companies, locations, and directions to apply at https://greaterpeoriaedc.org/hiring/.

Let's kick off the fall with a festive fresh start!

*Sponsored by the Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Discover Peoria, regional chambers of commerce, Goodwill, CareerLink, IL Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, and amazing employment organizations! Special thanks to our friends and donors at Hy-Vee for sharing balloons (they're hiring, too!).

Current Pekin Park District Job Opportunities



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.



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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