Starved Rock State Park is struggling to keep up with the more than 10 million visitors that have come to the Illinois park in the last four years.

What was once an airport on Chicago's lakefront is now a park featuring nature trails, rolling hills, migratory birds and native plantings.  

The City of Peoria is drafting a plan to convert a plot of riverfront property into park space to placate concerns about a a segment of Riverfront Park that’s pegged for private development. The River Trails Apartment project is sketched for construction on what’s currently city-owned parkland along the Illinois River. 

Veterinary students go big at Central Illinois park

Apr 30, 2015

More than 120 students will graduate from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in two weeks.  But a dozen of those fourth-year medical students are getting rare hands-on training at Wildlife Prairie Park near Peoria before walking across the stage.  Alex Rusciano observed one health session with a somewhat larger-than-normal patient:

IDNR head praises Wildlife Prairie Park’s setup

Apr 8, 2015

Wildlife Prairie Park’s funding structure could be a model for other groups across the state.  That’s according to the head of the state Department of Natural Resources:

Peoria Park Board votes to close Donovan golf course

Oct 8, 2014

The Peoria Park Board last night voted six to one to close Donovan Golf Course starting next season. The move is expected to save $310,000 as the Park District struggles with a $1.3 million spending gap next year.  Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says the decision was tough, but necessary:

Park District considers closing Donovan golf course

Sep 24, 2014

The Peoria Park District Board talked about closing Donovan Golf Course as part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap. Staff originally proposed closing Newman Golf Course to save 400-thousand-dollars. But Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says turning Donovan into a park could make more sense:

Peoria Park District staff are proposing to close Newman Golf Course and look to lease out the Central Park Pool to cut costs. It’s part of an effort to fill a projected $1.3 million spending gap for the Park District next year. Director Bonnie Noble says the proposal is to maintain pool services through March of 2015 so the Park District swim team can finish the season:

Peoria Park District outlines budget woes

Aug 27, 2014

The Peoria Park District says dwindling golf numbers and high operational cost from the Central Park Pool are helping drive a nearly $1 million deficit for next year's budget. The District is considering closing the pool and one or more of its six golf courses to get in the black. Peoria Park District Board President Tim Cassidy says reserve funds have dwindled by 80-percent since 2010:

The Peoria Chiefs return to Dozer Park next month. Baseball fans will also find new food items to enjoy during the crack of the bat, including turkey legs and an all-beef corn dog.  Rocky Vonachen is the president for the Chiefs. He says the move is part of an overall strategy to generate revenue and attract fans following a restructuring agreement last year: