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Donovan Park

Phone: 309.682.6684
5805 North Knoxville Avenue
Peoria, IL

Donovan Park is a nature lover’s dream located in the heart of busy Peoria. Adjacent to the Peoria Park District Rock Island Greenway, the park is filled with open green space that welcomes walkers, runners and cross-country skiers (as weather allows, of course!).

Northmoor Observatory* is also located on the grounds.

Donovan Park Layout


  • Cyd's Gourmet Kitchen
  • Fishing
  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Shelter(s)
  • Trails / Hiking

Northmoor Observatory

Northmoor Observatory is run by the Peoria Astronomical Society.  Built in 1955, the Northmoor Observatory is about half-way across Donovan Park toward Proctor Hospital. The Peoria Astronomical Society hosts free public viewings from dusk to 11:00 pm every cloudless Saturday from May-October. Cancellations due to weather will be posted online at and on the Peoria Astronomical Society’s Facebook page.