Peoria Park District

Peoria Park District

The Peoria Park District contributes to a healthy and vibrant Peoria community by responsibly using our District resources to offer the best possible parks and recreation experiences to those who live, work and play in our District.

We will be responsible stewards of all District resources, with a focus on services that make the greatest impact. We will create a culture that values and supports each other, those we serve and our community.

The oldest and largest park district in Illinois, the Peoria Park District encompasses nearly 60 square miles, including more than 50 miles of hiking and biking trails in and around Peoria. The value we provide to the community can be found in the ease of access to our parks and recreational programs.

Evidence has shown that when people have access to parks, recreational programs and nature, their overall physical and psychological health improves. The District’s own local community assessment survey found that 88 percent of residents believe the Peoria Park District is an important partner for community health. The Peoria Park District invites you to visit one of our many parks or nature preserves and enjoy the great outdoors!

Our variety of events and facilities throughout our community will keep you engaged and active. Glen Oak Park is home to Peoria Zoo, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum and Luthy Botanical Garden. Throughout the District, we host all kinds of sports including softball, soccer, volleyball, tennis and more, while Owens Center offers ice skating year-round! Annually, hundreds of concerts, festivals and special events are featured on the Peoria RiverFront and in our parks, in addition to fun activities at Logan, Franciscan, Lakeview and Proctor recreation centers. Our state-of-the-art, medically-based fitness center, RiverPlex, focuses on healthy and active lifestyles.

How to Help
The Peoria Park District Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization established to support the mission of the Peoria Park District, providing resources to ensure that Peoria remains a healthy and vibrant community. In 2020 and beyond, both Peoria Park District and the Foundation are focusing their efforts on the sustainability and stewardship of our parks, green spaces, trails and natural areas with the goal of continuing to improve physical and psychological health, strengthen neighborhoods, and enhance the lives of those who live, work and play in our community.

For more information on how to make a gift, please visit the Foundation website at or contact Jocelyn McDowell, Development Coordinator, at (309) 681-2861 or

Peoria Park District
1125 West Lake Avenue
Peoria, IL 61614
(309) 682-1200

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