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Imagining what’s ParkPossible
August 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
The Peoria Park District invites the community and local media to join a discussion about possible improvements at Glen Oak Park.
Join District leadership at 10:00am on Tuesday, August 3, 2021 in the park space across from the Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum to hear more about possible ways to improve access and user experience in the park. Staff will present the history of the discussion to date, along with some possibilities for change in order to start a robust dialogue with the community around the best ways for Glen Oak Park to support its many patrons.
Built in 1894, Glen Oak Park was the first park in the Peoria Park District system. Today, it is home to Peoria Zoo, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Luthy Botanical Garden, Glen Oak Lagoon, Glen Oak Amphitheatre, Rotary Adventure Grove, three playgrounds, two shelters, as well as tennis courts and newly added pickleball courts.
With all of these amenities, Glen Oak Park ALSO serves as the neighborhood park for the East Bluff and North Valley neighborhoods. Acting as both a regional draw and a neighborhood park with usable green space of only about 42 acres creates opportunities that the District hopes to take advantage of in order to maximize impact for both groups.
Continuing a discussion that began with board feedback in December 2019, District staff and board will facilitate a process for public input beginning with this press event and continuing through mid-September that will guide decision-making and resource allocation. Included in these resources is a capital designation from the State of Illinois due to the generous support and advocacy of Representative Jehan Gordon-Booth.
Over the course of August and September, the District will host public input sessions and solicit input through a survey tool and an online comment form. To learn more about this process, please visit www.peoriaparks.org/parkpossible for park possibilities, meeting dates, and input opportunities.
“As our community changes and evolves, it is our responsibility to do the same,” says Emily Cahill, Executive Director of the Peoria Park District. “We very much look forward
to the community conversation that is an essential part of our process.”
Included in the list of possibilities to be shared as part of this process include opening up the park to make it more flexible for daily use as well as the addition of new basketball courts, restrooms, and a fully accessible playground.