Parks and open space improve our physical and psychological health, strengthen our communities, and make our cities and neighborhoods more attractive places to live and work. Numerous studies have shown the social, environmental, economic, and health benefits parks bring to a community and its people. The Peoria Park District invites you to visit one of our many parks and places to enjoy the great outdoors! Parks in the Peoria Park District are open from dawn to dusk, with some amenities open until 11pm.
Questions about our park system? Use our Contact Us page or give us a call at 682-1200.
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.
Peoria Heights, IL
With a lot of fun packed in a small package, Endres is a neighborhood park with a ton of fun!
- Pets Welcome
- Picnic Table(s)
- Sled Hill
- Soccer Field(s)
Peoria Heights, IL
Do you enjoy bird watching or hiking? Forest Park Nature Center is for you! Forest Park Nature Center offers seven miles of trails for hiking and nature enjoyment and is home to a gift shop that carries bird feeding and hiking necessities. Interested in learning more about nature and all that it entails? Forest Park Nature Center has classes for adults and children alike, covering topics from bats to bugs and everything in between. Guided hiking tours are also available.
Whether you are planning your dream wedding or a fun event for your business, the Gateway Building on the Peoria Riverfront has you covered! The Gateway Building has various rooms available to rent that can accommodate guest lists of up to 290 people. The Gateway Building’s exclusive list of caterers will make your event planning easy and tasty!
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.
- Pets Welcome
- Picnic Table(s)
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.
Both experienced golfers and beginners alike can agree that the Golf Learning Center is a very useful, unique aspect of the Peoria Park District’s golf portfolio. The Golf Learning Center offers lessons for all age ranges and skill sets, as well as indoor putting and hitting stations, an all-season driving range, and par 3 pitch-and-putt course. Be sure to also check out the pro shop for your golf equipment and accessory needs!
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.
Looking to splish and splash this summer?! Gwynn is the place for outdoor swimming fun! The facility offers a zero depth pool, a water slide, a diving well, and a wet sand play area.
Effective Thursday, June 16th, Gwynn Family Aquatic Center will be open from Monday-Friday on the following set schedule:
- 12-3pm for children 0-12, with a parent/guardian 18 and over. Children must be supervised and accompanied by their parent the whole visit. Adults are invited to swim during this timeframe too. Summer camps who use the aquatic center are encouraged to come during this timeframe.
- 3:30-5pm for children and adults 12+
If you have any questions, please call (309) 681-1200.
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