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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.

Detweiller Park


760 acres
Phone: 309.682.6684
8327 North Galena Road
Peoria, IL

Detweiller is a popular multi-use destination for Peoria area residents who enjoy running/walking, soccer, volleyball, hiking, birding, and many other outdoor activities. Detweiller Drive, which runs through much of the park, features one of the finest, most diverse collections of oaks around. The early spring show of blooming redbuds, as well as the colorful fall foliage should not be missed!

Nature lovers will love exploring one or more of the park’s 5+ miles of hiking trails traversing the Illinois River bluffs.  If you have questions about rentals at this park, please call 309-682-1200.

Detweiller Park Layout

AMENITIES

  • Pets Welcome
  • Picnic Table(s)
  • Playground(s)
  • Public Restroom(s)
  • Rentals
  • Shelter(s)
  • Sled Hill
  • Soccer Field(s)
  • Trails / Hiking

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

AMENITIES

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

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)

Forest Park Nature Center


Phone: 309.686.3360
5809 North Forest Park Drive
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.

Forest Park Nature Center Layout


Franciscan Recreation Complex


Phone: 309.677.6705
908 North Sterling Avenue
West Peoria, Peoria

The Peoria Park District has your one-stop shop in West Peoria for recreation, fitness, and fun!  The Franciscan Recreation Complex not only has a full size gymnasium, meeting room with kitchenette, a dance studio, and plenty of outdoor sporting amenities, but also offers tons of great programs ranging from dance to yoga to pickleball open gyms.  The gymnasium also makes a great place for birthday parties!  Franciscan Recreation Complex has a 0.5 mile loop trail that is paved and fairly level.

Franciscan Recreation Complex Layout


Gateway Building


Phone: 309.494.6713
200 Northeast Water Street
Peoria, IL

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!


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 Amphitheatre


2218 North Prospect Road
Peoria, IL

If you and your family are looking for a great outdoor spot to spend some time, check out Glen Oak Amphitheatre!  Home to Municipal Band concerts, community traditions like the 3rd of July, and community concerts, the Glen Oak Amphitheatre is a gem in the heart of Glen Oak Park.  The Amphitheatre is also available to rent for your next event!


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

AMENITIES


Golf Learning Center


Phone: 309.690.7612
7815 North Radnor Road
Peoria, IL

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!


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