graphicThe Pekin residents enjoy facilities at more than 3,800 acres of parks, including four 18-hole golf courses, a water park, a racquetball and health club, and a stable. Those that love the outdoors take advantage of Pekin Park District’s comprehensive program of activities, sports, and recreation for all ages.

Dragonland Water Park is the summertime favorite for young and old. The Water Park was built in 1992 and holds 185,000 gallons of water in two twisting slides, a plunge pool, a heated pool with lights for nighttime swimming, and a zero depth play and entry area. Also included is a deck with lounge chairs, an adults-only patio, sunbathing area, sand beach volleyball, sand play area for children, concession, and shower, changing, and locker facilities. More than three landscaped park acres surround the swimming area. The park is open annually from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Another favorite site is Mineral Springs Park, whose name was derived from the curative mineral waters found in the original park pool in 1882. Visitors to the large lagoon can ride paddleboats, fish or take a leisurely stroll along renovated pathways. The lagoon’s Victorian pavilion adds to the park’s charm. Other facilities at the park include batting cages, ball diamonds, bocce ball courts, sand volleyball, and an elaborate playground. Also found in the park, at the Sunken Garden, is "The World’s Greatest Sundial," so named due to its enormous size. Visitors will be amazed by its extreme accuracy while they predict the point of sunrise or sunset or locate the North Star or the constellations.

Another Pekin recreation facility, the Parkside Athletics Racquet and Health Club, features tennis courts, racquetball and wallyball courts, a Nautilus room, and a weight training room. It also has men’s and women’s locker rooms, saunas, and Jacuzzi whirlpools. graphic

The Park District’s 34,800-sq. ft. Memorial Arena offers ice skating from October through March and accommodates up to 1,500 spectators. Coal Miners’ Park across from the Pekin High School is home of several soccer fields. The new Nature Park Trail is a handicapped-accessible nature trail located by Schramm Educational Center that boasts many beautiful trees, plants and flowers.

The Park District owns two golf courses in Pekin, Lick Creek Golf Course and Parkview Golf Course. Lick Creek Golf Course is an 18-hole, championship course with watered fairways and is ranked among the top municipal courses in the country by Golf Digest magazine. Parkview Golf Course has hills that add an additional challenge to its 5,863 yards.

Miller Senior Citizens Center in Mineral Springs Park offers specialized programs in arts and crafts, informative seminars, entertainment, and health clinics. The center is also the site of the nutritional meals lunch program.

Pekin families don’t have to travel far for a great weekend getaway. The McNaughton Park/Everett Dirksen Park complex has 1,300 acres of hills, lakes and picnic areas. It offers group campsites, hiking trails, an 18-hole Frisbee golf course, the Remote Control Airplane Flying Club and six shelters. Several other excellent recreation areas are all within a short drive. Campers and hikers might catch a glimpse of the cougars, bears, wolves, elks, or deer that roam the 1,600-acre Wildlife Prairie Park, west of Peoria.

Pekin Memorial Stadium, which was dedicated on September 10, 1948, recently celebrated its 50th birthday. The stadium received a new monument. Memorial Stadium has served as home to Pekin Community High School’s sports teams, graduation ceremonies and other events throughout the community.


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