Frequent Asked Questions...and Answers!
ALCOHOL - Is it allowed?
Per Park District ordinance, alcholic beverages are NOT permitted in any parks.
AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES - How do we accommodate?
In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, recreation programs offered by the PPD are available in the most integrated setting possible to facilitate program participation. The PPD will make reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities who meet essential eligibility requirements for the desired program.
COOLERS - Can I bring them to events?
Coolers are NOT allowed at any RiverFront events. This includes events at the CEFCU Center Stage at the Landing. You may bring coolers/picnics to any public park, although alcoholic beverages are NOT allowed.
DOGS - Where are they allowed?
Dogs are allowed on Park District properties provided they have current shots and are kept on a leash at all times. Please be courteous and pick up your pet’s waste.
DOG PARKS - Where are they?
The Peoria Park District has designated Vicary Bottoms, (a section of property off Kickapoo Creek Road, north of Farmington Road), as a dog exercise area. It is open sunrise to sunset. It is highly recommended that this area be used only by well-trained dogs and their handlers as this area is not fenced. A complete list of rules is posted at the site, and is also available online.
The Bradley Dog Park officially opened in spring of 2010. This fenced facility, located in lower Bradley Park (south entrance off of Park Road), includes dog water fountains and trash stations and welcomes well-behaved dogs 4 months and older. Please be sure to review rules for this park before going.
EMPLOYMENT - How do I apply for a job?
Full time, part time, and seasonal job openings are posted on our website. If you are interested any position, you MUST DOWNLOAD/PRINT AN EMPLOYMENT APPLICATION FORM (HYPERLINK. Resumes submitted without this application will be considered incomplete.
Your application form (along with a resume if one is available) can be:
- Mailed to: Human Resources, 2218 N Prospect Road, Peoria, IL 61603
- Faxed to: (309) 686-3352
- Dropped off in person at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion, 2218 North Prospect Road in Glen Oak Park (Mon-Fri, 8 am-4:30 pm)
For additional information call 309-681-2823.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY - What is your policy?
The PPD will not exclude anyone from participation in, deny anyone the benefits of, or otherwise subject anyone to discrimination because of the person’s race, sex, color, national origin or disability (except where sex is a bona fide requirement for participation). For details, contact the Affirmative Action Officer at 682-1200.
GLEN OAK PARK PAVILION/REGISTRATION - How and where do I register?
The Glen Oak Park Pavilion is located at 2218 N. Prospect Road (intersection of McClure and Prospect). It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. You can register for classes during this time.
GIFT CARDS - Where can I get one?
The Peoria Park District has stored value gift cards that may be purchased for use at any of the Golf Courses, Aquatic Centers, Recreation Centers, RiverPlex Recreation & Wellness Center, Peoria Zoo, Luthy Botanical Garden, Owens Center, etc. The card may be programmed to store any amount, i.e., a $5 teacher’s gift, a Golf Pass, a RiverPlex membership, a season of camp, or whatever programs, events, or activities you desire. Gift cards may be re-loaded for future added convenience. Gift cards are available at most Peoria Park District locations.
ICE SKATING (OUTDOOR) - Where can I ice skate outdoors?
Weather permitting, ice skating may be allowed on the Glen Oak Lagoon. The ice must be frozen to a depth of at least eight inches. Please call 682-6684 for availability.
Indoor ice skating is available year-round at Owens Center.
MINIBIKES - What are the regulations for this park?
There is an unsupervised public mini bike area located on Galena Road. It is open sunrise to sunset. While there, please abide by the following restrictions:
- Mini bikes must be 100cc or less
- ATVs, snowmobiles and go karts are prohibited
- Please exercise courtesy and use caution at all times. This is a hazardous activity.
MOUNTAIN BIKING - Is it allowed on Park property?
No, mountain biking is not allowed on any Peoria Park District propery.
R/NR – What do these letters mean?
R refers to the fee residents of the Peoria Park District pay for a program. NR refers to the fee nonresidents pay. In some cases, you may also see an M. This refers to the fee Members (of a certain facility) pay to participate. To determine if you are a resident or not, check your latest property tax bill. If you pay taxes to the “Pleasure Driveway and Park District of Peoria” then you are considered a resident of the District. Please note that you may be asked to show this proof of residency when you register.
REFUNDS - What is your policy?
The Park District must receive a written request to drop or transfer at least 2 business days in advance of the first program meeting. No refunds will be issued after that time. A $5 service charge is made for each session dropped or transferred. SUMMER CAMP REFUNDS are a bit different. The preceding policy is in effect through a certain date (changes yearly), usually in late May. After this date, the Park District must receive written notice of a camp cancellation at least 2 business days in advance of the camp start date. No FULL refunds will be issued; registrants will receive a 50% refund for each camp session dropped.
REGISTRATION REGULATIONS - What are they?
Programs have minimums and maximums, and are filled on a first come, first served basis. The Peoria Park District (PPD) reserves the right to add, omit, or change any/all of the program provisions (including advertised fees and charges) outlined in this brochure when deemed in the best interest of participants. Changes may also be made due to circumstances that are beyond our control. The PPD reserves the right to modify, postpone, or combine programs, or change instructors. If the PPD cancels a program, you will receive a full refund. Before buying supplies, check three days before the start date to make sure class will run.
RIVERFRONT/CEFCU CENTER STAGE - What kind of seating is available?
This outdoor concert area has park benches and chairs available. It is a tiered seating area so each level is able to see over the one ahead of it (like an amphitheater. You may also bring in your own lawn chair as well. Seating is on a first come – first serve basis for all concerts and events.
SCHOLARSHIPS - How do I apply?
The Park District realizes that there are people in the community who may suffer from economic setbacks which could prevent their participation in programs. The District has a limited amount of scholarship funds available. Scholarships are awarded to Peoria Park District residents only on the basis of financial need. Applications are available at the Recreation Office in the Glen Oak Pavilion and at community agencies in Peoria. Scholarship applications must be returned by the person applying. Call 688-3667.
RiverPlex scholarship applications may be picked up at the Glen Oak Park Pavilion building at the porch level. Most of the information required is listed on the back of the application and must be delivered in person, not by mail, fax, drop box or another person.
SKATEBOARDING - Where is this allowed?
Skateboarding is permitted in two designated areas in the District. Becker Park has a “skate trail” and skate node, and Sommer Park also has a skate node. The Park District skating offerings are focused on “street” style skating at a beginner and intermediate recreational level. Please read the rules before you go, as your safety, and the safety of other park users is paramount to us.
The Becker Park skate node has a prefabricated quarter pipe, bank ramp, pyramid box, and grind rails, all on a concrete surface. Skating is also allowed on the path to the node.
Sommer Park contains a quarter pipe, concrete grind box with different levels, a transition ramp to wall, a grind rail with 4’ drop and a mock stair/ramp with sloped grind surfaces at different heights.
SKATE AREA RULES
- CAUTION – Inline skating and skateboarding are high-risk recreational activities with inherent risks of serious injury.
- These areas are intended for skateboards and in-line skate use only. Bikes and scooters are not allowed.
- These areas are unsupervised. Skate at your own risk.
- Users must abide by the rules at all times.
- Have fun, respect others. Share the space. Be respectful of other riders.
- Helmets, knee pads, and elbow pads are REQUIRED.
- Falls are likely to occur and can result in sprains, bruises, abrasions, and more serious injuries.
- Ride within your own ability.
- No glass containers or alcoholic beverages.
- Please throw away your trash in the proper receptacles.
- No personally owned ramps, boxes, or other devices may be used in this facility.
- Skating is allowed in these parks only where specifically signed.
- Skaters are responsible for inspecting equipment prior to use to ensure it is safe for skating. Do not use past dusk, or when wet or icy. Do not use equipment if broken. If hazardous conditions are present, contact the Park District immediately at 682-6684, or 682-1200.
- Swearing, fighting, and bad attitudes will not be tolerated.
- Failure to follow the above rules may result in the ejection from the area by Park District personnel. Continual abuses of these rules may result in the removal of the skate equipment.
SLEDDING - Where can I sled?
The Peoria Park District has a supervised sledding area in Detweiller Park (8327 N. Galena Road). The area is located in the north parking area by the Pine and Dogwood Shelters. It is open following adequate snow fall according to the following schedule: weekdays, noon until dark; weekends and holidays, 10:00 am until dark. Sledding is only permitted when snow is covering the sledding area. Toboggans are NOT allowed on Park District properties.
WALKING PATHS - How long are some of these?
The length of the Northtrail Park asphalt path loop is .9 miles.
The length of the Stadium Park asphalt path loop is just under ½ mile.
The length of the W.H. Sommer Park “grand loop” (through forest on both sides) asphalt path loop is .9 miles. The smaller loop (flagpole to pond) is .4 miles.