"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."
— Bob Blackwell, Director of Parks & Recreation
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.