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Special Notice posted 6/1/16:  Ameren is replacing a 16" natural gas pipeline from 1931.  The work is taking place from Edgewater Drive (Route 98) and continues to Interstate 474 thru Independence and Dirksen Parks.  Ameren said that those affected areas should be more "rider and user friendly" in 3-4 weeks.  Thank you for your patience while this work is taking place.  Please contact Tom Elliott, Superintendent of Parks, at 346-3810 if you would like more information.      

Independence Park

Independence Park (click here for map) covers approximately 300 acres of beautiful woodland and meadows bordered by Route 29 on the West, I-474 on the North and LaSalle Blvd. on the South. The land supports about 15 species of animals, 80 species of birds and a wide spectrum of plant life.

The land was formally used as a proving ground by Caterpillar Tractor Company. Is has since been turned over to the Pekin Park District and left to return to its natural state.

Deer, fox, coyote, muskrat and beaver are just a few of the animals that inhabit the park. Careful and close observation of the landscape will reveal many rare species of flowers and plant life.

Trails are multiuse and enjoyed by hikers and mountain bikers (click here for map). Trails are both marked and unmarked. Users should take care when hiking so as to not get lost. Parking is available at the public parking area on LaSalle Blvd. near Route 29 (Marquette Heights) and across from the main entrance gate on St. Clair Drive. Additional access may be gained from the public parking areas at the ball diamonds on upper LaSalle Blvd. Visitors are reminded to secure their vehicles and valuables when parking.

Contact numbers:

Park Recreation

(309) 347-7275

Park Maintenance

(309) 346-3810

Park Police

(309) 353-7220 (office)


(309) 346-3132 (dispatch)



The following acts are prohibited:

  1. Hunting
  2. Possession of Alcohol
  3. Littering / Dumping
  4. Disturbing Animals or Plant Life
  5. Cutting of Trees or Shrubs
  6. Motorized vehicles outside of designated areas
  7. Fires in areas not designated
  8. Being in Park Before or After Posted Hours (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.)
  9. Camping






1701 Court Street | Pekin, Illinois 61554 | 309-347-PARK (7275)

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