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  • Frequently Asked Questions...and Answers!

    ALCOHOL – Is it allowed?
    Per Park District ordinance, in general, alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted in any parks. However, with advance Park Board approval, certain special events may receive exception to this policy.

    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.

    Customers With Hearing Impairments
    The Peoria Park District recommends the use of 711 Illinois Relay for our customers with hearing impairments.  To complete a TTY call using 711 Illinois Relay, dial 7-1-1 or 800-526-0844. When the Communications Assistant answers, type the telephone number you wish to call. When the person answers, proceed as you would with a regular TTY call. For more details on 711 Illinois Relay, please visit www.illinoisrelay711.com, and follow the link which reads “How 711 Illinois Relay Works.”

    DOGS – Where are they allowed?
    Dogs are allowed in Park District PARKS except our Illinois State Nature Preserves,* provided they have current shots and are kept on a leash at all times.

    Only service dogs are allowed in other District facilities and buildings.  These include Peoria Zoo and Luthy Botanical Garden.  When you bring your dogs to a Park District park or facility, please be courteous and pick up your pet’s waste.

    Please be aware that some parks, such at Detweiller Park, host races for outside organizations. Many race organizers prohibit spectators from bringing in dogs during a race in case they get loose and chase the runners. Please ask your race organizer for details.

    Please be aware that some events on the RiverFront are hosted by outside organizations.  Some events that serve food and require health department certification, prohibit dogs.  Please contact the event organizer for details.

    PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are NOT allowed at Forest Park Nature Center or Singing Woods, as they are dedicated nature preserves. Also, portions of Robinson Park and Detweiller Park are dedicated nature preserves. For more information about Forest Park Nature Center’s trail rules, please click here.

    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. Click here for a complete list of rules for the Vicary Bottoms Dog Exercise Area.

    The Bradley Dog Parks officially opened in spring of 2010. The lower Bradley Park dog park (south entrance off of Park Road), is a fenced facility and includes dog water fountains and trash stations and welcomes well-behaved dogs 4 months and older. The upper Bradley Park dog park (northwest of the lower Bradley Park dog park), is also a fenced facility that welcomes well-behaved dogs 4 months and older.  Click here for a complete list of rules for the Bradley Dog Parks.

    DRONES – Are they allowed?

    Drones are not allowed on Peoria Park District property.

    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 (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, 1125 W Lake Ave, Peoria, IL 61614
    • Faxed to: (309) 686-3352
    • Dropped off in person at the Noble Center, 1125 W Lake Ave in Lakeview 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.

    FISHING – Where can I fish?
    Fishing is allowed year-round at the Glen Oak Park Lagoon, Donovan Park, Charter Oak Park, Northtrail Park and Sommer Park North. Please note, catch and release only, unless otherwise posted at the site.  You must have a fishing license. Fishing is not allowed at any other Peoria Park District property unless as part of a Peoria Park District program.

    NOBLE CENTER/REGISTRATION – How and where do I register?
    The Noble Center is located at 1125 W Lake Ave (the former Lakeview Museum in Lakeview Park). It is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm. You can register for classes during this time.  Online registration is also available.

    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, Peoria PlayHouse Children’s Museum, Luthy Botanical Garden, Owens Center, etc. The card may be programmed to store any amount, i.e., a Golf Pass, a RiverPlex membership, a PlayHouse 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.

    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?
    Mountain biking is allowed on designated trails only at Kinsey Park (located on Rt. 8 west of Peoria).  Click here for a trail map.

    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.

    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. Program Scholarship applications are available at the Recreation Office at the Noble Center, at community agencies in Peoria or by clicking here. Program Scholarship applications must be returned by the person applying.  Further questions may be answered by calling 688-3667.  RiverPlex scholarship applications may be picked up at the Noble Center, the RiverPlex or by clicking here. 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.


    • 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 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 opened and closed by park staff (not continually supervised) 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.