Entertainment District supports newest park addition

By Alyssa Donovan

June 22, 2013 Updated Jun 24, 2013 at 11:26 AM CDT

PEORIA CO., Ill. -- The latest addition to the Farmington Road Entertainment District needs some work.

Business owners of the district and the non-profit group Friends of Rocky Glen are working together to bring awareness to Rocky Glen.

Friends of Rocky Glen President David Pittman said, "In December the city of Peoria bought this property, it's 70 acres and it's Peoria's newest park."

But the new park is not very well known and it's currently restricted. Pittman said, "There's no parking area, it's off of Kickapoo creek road and it's not real safe for anyone to park. So we're hoping to raise funds with events like today to be able to build a parking lot to give people access."

Seven businesses along Farmington road participated in Saturday's Family Fun Day, including Sky Harbor Steakhouse, which hosted a bags tournament.

The restaurant owner Daryl Klusendorf says Rocky Glen will be a family-friendly addition to the attractions along farmington road.

"As soon as we get some infrastructure built I think people will find it a very hidden gem right next to downtown Peoria," Klusendorf said.

Those who came out to support Rocky Glen want to make sure the historical landmark stays preserved for future generations.

"It's a part of the city it's been around forever, and it's important that we keep that up especially for younger kids and there's families going out there, it's a great thing to have in town," Jake Hanson of Peoria said.

Friends of Rocky Glen hope to have another fundraising event later this year to help continue restoring the park.

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