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6/18/18  Here's updated information regarding the Skate Park in Mineral Springs Park:

6/18/18

The skate park in Mineral Springs Park is now open. From feedback at the public input meeting on June 7, the Park District reevaluated what could be utilized for the remainder of the summer. The two half-pipes are closed off and patrons should not use these areas. The remainder of the skate park is open for use. The skate park is now listed as a “skate at your own risk” facility with some rules and regulations which are posted. Our goal is to provide a safe and fun place to skate, and we ask that our patrons also be safe, while having fun, when using the facility.  The management and staff appreciate your patience and understanding through this, and we apologize for any inconvenience this has caused. The Park District also wants to thank those that attended the public input meeting and for their comments, concerns, support, suggestions and questions. It truly is much appreciated!

Thank you!
The Pekin Park District


 

"To improve the quality of life for the district's residents by providing both active and passive recreational facilities, parks and areas."

"Our park system is one of the treasures of our community. It is a wonderful blend of old and new, of memories and anticipation."

In 1902, the residents of the area formed the Pekin Park District. The Pavilion. located on the southwest edge of Mineral Springs Park, was built in 1905 for $15,000. The park was once a cow pasture and the Lagoon was a watering hole for cows. Sulfur water was struck in 1879 and Pekin became a Mecca for vacationers who came to enjoy the water, believed to have healthful qualities. Water from the sulfur well was turned into the pond, and it enlarged into a fairly large lake. Thus, the Lagoon was formed. Pleasure boats and a large band stand were placed in the lake.

Since that time, the stewardship of our park system has been the responsibility of many different volunteer Park Board members. For the past 100 plus years, these elected representatives have carefully guided our park system through the inevitable evolutionary process as the recreational needs and interest of our community changed.

Enjoy an aerial view of Mineral Springs Park, courtesy of Bland Productions: http://vimeo.com/109396331

 

 

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