There are so many ways to stay fit throughout town. From outdoors on the bike path or on numerous hiking and biking trails to Parkside Fitness, our state-of-the-art fitness center with weight rooms, functional training area, cardio equipment, and classes and programs that meet every fitness level. Explore all the options available through the Pekin Park District and get out and move!
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Parkside Fitness has everything Pekin families need to reach their health and fitness goals. If you’re a beginner or an elite athlete, we have world-class solutions and instructors dedicated to helping you achieve the results you’re looking for. Be our guest and discover our extensive equipment options, dynamic group fitness classes, adult and youth tennis programs, pickleball, racquetball, wallyball, personal and group training for every fitness level and interest!
50+ Walking Club
It’s always more fun to exercise with a friend. Seniors can join the Walking Club at the Miller Center and get a great workout every Tuesday and Thursday. You have the option to walk indoors with a great group or outdoors around the Mineral Springs Park Lagoon. For more information, call Miller Center at (309) 346-5210.
Grab your bike and head to the Pekin Park Bike Trail for 4.3 miles of fun. You can enter the bike trail at numerous points throughout town, but to get the full ride, you’ll want to start at Allentown Road or down at Riverfront Park. As with most bike trails, this path is open and used by more than just bikers. Runners, walkers, skateboarders, rollerbladers, and even families with strollers or dogs (on a leash) are welcome. Remember to be courteous and safe when using the path. Please pass on the left using verbal skill and clean up any mess or litter made by you or your pets. Other than that, enjoy and have fun!
Hiking & Biking Trails
Thanks to over 2000 acres of green space, Pekin Park District also has an impressive system of hiking and biking trails, totaling over 28 miles if you want to conquer them all. You can find maps to the trails located within McNaughton Park, Independence Park, Everett McKinley Dirksen Park, and Tante Park on our website. Make your plan, grab a good set of hiking or walking shoes, pack a lunch (if you’re going to make it an all-day adventure), and get your heart pumping while you explore.