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Donovan Park


Phone: 309.682.6684
5805 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL

Amidst the gently rolling topography of bustling Peoria is Donovan Park, a nature lover’s dream.  Adjacent to the Rock Island Greenway, the park is filled with open green space and a collection of trees that tell of the property’s deep-rooted history as a savanna habitat turned farm turned golf course and back again.  Trails that meander through restored prairies, young and old trees, and open no-mow areas welcome walkers, runners, and cross-country skiers (as weather permits).  Donovan offers an observatory open to the public, a sculpture garden, fishing in three ponds, several picnic tables, and Cyd’s in the Park – a locally owned gourmet restaurant.  Donovan is an urban gem of the Peoria Park District and an accredited Level 1 Arboretum.

Northmoor Observatory* is also located on the grounds.

Donovan Park Layout


Endres Park


10 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
5100 North Willard Road
Peoria Heights, IL

With a lot of fun packed in a small package, Endres is a neighborhood park with a ton of fun!

Endres Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Shelter(s)
  • Sled Hill
  • Soccer Field(s)

Giant Oak Park


426 West High Street
Peoria, Illinois 61606

At one acre, Giant Oak Park is one of the District’s smallest parks, with a single tree and a giant name.

It contains a small parking and picnic area, and is home to a large burr oak tree, believed to be at least 300 years old. Its branches span at least 100 feet and the trunk is 13 feet in circumference. This park features the Historic Easton Fountain as a part of its landscape.

AMENITIES

  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)

Glen Oak Park


117 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL

Make Glen Oak Park a daylong destination for you and your family! Packed with fun, the Park is home to Peoria Zoo, the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Luthy Botanical Garden, and Rotary Adventure Grove, Glen Oak Amphitheatre and Glen Park Lagoon. And that’s just the beginning of the fun you can have…The roads through Glen Oak Park also provide paved, but not so level hiking opportunities.

If you have questions about rentals at this park, please call 309-682-1200.

Glen Oak Park Layout


Grand View Drive & Park


180 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
3210 Grandview Drive
Peoria, IL

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Grand View Drive is a 2.52 mile meandering pleasure driveway constructed in 1903. The “world’s most beautiful drive,” as President Theodore Roosevelt referred to it in a visit to Peoria in 1910, offers visitors numerous panoramic scenic views of the Illinois River Valley and the chance to view many historic and remarkable homes lining it. The linear park is especially beautiful in autumn, with the ever-changing colors of fall leaves.  Grand View Drive has 1.75 miles of paved sidewalk for hiking.

Grand View Drive Layout


John H. Gwynn Jr. Park


17 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
809 W John H Gwynn Jr Ave
Peoria, IL

Located next to Carver Recreation Center in downtown Peoria, Gwynn Park is filled with fun for all seasons.

Located in this park is Gwynn Family Aquatic Center. Learn more about the facility here. 

John H. Gwynn Jr. Park Layout


Lakeview Park


40 acres
Phone: 309.682.1200
1125 West Lake Avenue
Peoria, IL

Home of the Peoria Park District’s administrative offices, the Park packs a big punch in a small area.

The following are located within the park:

  • Lakeview Recreation Center
  • Owens Center
  • Bonnie W. Noble Center for Administration
  • Girl Scouts of Central Illinois
  • Peoria Public Library Lakeview Branch
  • Peoria Players Theatre

Lakeview Park Layout


Leslie Rutherford Park


Leslie Rutherford Park
Dunlap, IL

Surrounded by mature trees, come and see the sights and hear the sounds of nature at this rural park setting.

AMENITIES


Manning Park


North Manning Drive
Peoria, IL

Come and enjoy this neighborhood park for a picnic or some relaxation.


Markwoodlands Park


18 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
6001 North Frostwood Parkway
Peoria, IL

Located next to Mark Bills School, Markwoodlands is pleased to host Notre Dame JFL and Peoria Christian Center baseball.

Markwoodlands Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Baseball Field(s)
  • Pets Welcome
  • Playground(s)
  • Shelter(s)
  • Soccer Field(s)