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  • W.H. Sommer Park Private Rental Guide 2017

    All Standard rentals (except special deals, see below) include:

    • open space for family fun/games- feel free to bring along your own games, such as washers, soccer, kickball, etc.
    • campfire (not bonfire) with wood for designated hours, except those sites without a fire circle (extra wood $10 per bundle).
    • Fifteen minute set up prior to your hourly rental.



    For all rentals, we require a reservation with full fee at the time you initially reserve your date.  Fees for any extras (hayrack ride, extra firewood, additional hours) are due in full at the end of your rental. Maximum 5 hour rental per facility.

    The park is available for rentals year-round, daily until 10 p.m, with the exception of special events, park programs and certain holidays. Rentals beyond 10 p.m. are subject to additional fee of $50/hour.

    Prairie Shelter
    Prairie Shelter


    Prairie Shelter – 250 person capacity, electricity, modern vaulted toilets, and playground 75’ x 25”

    Reservation Fee Per Hour: $50






    Woodland Shelter
    Woodland Shelter


    Woodland Shelter – 60 person capacity, electricity, ceiling fans, beautiful setting, porta-potties 32’ x 26’

    Reservation Fee Per Hour: $30





    Woodland Shelter Fire Circle
    Woodland Shelter Fire Circle











    Camp HQ Front Porch
    Camp HQ Front Porch


    Camp HQ Front Porch – 75 person capacity, electricity and flushable toilets

    Reservation Fee Per Hour: $35






    Camp HQ Front Porch
    Camp HQ Front Porch










    Pioneer Homestead – 50 person capacity – outside picnic area (does NOT include usage of barn or cabin) porta-potties  Reservation Fee Per Hour: $30


    Fire Circles – 40 person capacity,nearby play fields and parking  Reservation Fee Per Hour: $25


    Kitchen Rental — Ancient Oaks Day Camp kitchen is available to rent, utilizing the commercial refrigerator, freezer and industrial three-compartment sinks (subject to availability). $30 half day (4 hours) or $50 full day.


    Wedding Memory Package — $450 (3 hour time block and optional rehearsal)

    Schoolhouse – 70 person capacity, very quaint, perfect for a small wedding. Porta-potty behind shelter

    Wedding AlcoveOval area near the Prairie Shelter for a wooded backdrop for your wedding.

    Wedding Reception Package
     — Rent the Prairie Shelter from sunrise to 11 p.m. for only $800. This exclusive package allows guest enough time for rental deliveries, catering set-up, inflatables and decoration of the shelter. To reserve shelter the night before event, fee of standard rates apply. Additional charges of $ 200. per day for set-up of tents or decorations two days prior to the event.


    Photography Sessions – Any of the above shelters/areas can be rented out for sessions at the hourly rate listed above.


    Country Birthday Party — Includes two-hour use of fire circle, half hour hayride, campfire and use of five roasting sticks for a flat fee of $85. One extra hour costs $30.


    Ga Ga Ball Birthday Party – Includes two hour use of fire circle, use of Ga Ga Ball Pit (incl. ball), campfire, and use of 5 roasting sticks for a flat fee of $85.  One extra hour costs $30


    Hayrack Rides – Hayrack rides are available in conjunction with private rentals for $40 for half hour or  $75 for a full hour.  Rides hold about 25 people and are tractor-driven.


    Alcohol Policy

    Groups may arrange for permission to supply their own beer and/or wine; no liquor and no glass bottles allowed.  A $100 security deposit is required (or $500 for college groups), which will be refunded following the event if there are no damages and no extra clean up required.  Additionally, we need a signed Alcohol Agreement and a Certificate of Insurance showing explicitly host liquor liability coverage, Peoria Park District  and Sommer Park as additional insured, and W. H. Sommer Park as the site for your event on the date.


    Sommer Park Teams Course

    The Sommer Park Teams Course is a series of 12 initiatives strategically laid out in a woodland setting. This series of puzzles, obstacles, and challenges, by their design, will demand communication, cooperation, and trust. At its very basic, a team’s course is fun, but it also allows for high quality, structured, and purposeful learning. Enjoy being a player in the Human Foosball court or play in the Ga Ga Pit! For ages 11+  Fee: Please call 691-8423 for details.