Peoria Park District returns to in-person events as Bridge Phase begins



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PEORIA (WEEK) — With the Bridge Phase going into effect Friday in Illinois, the Peoria Park District is gearing up for a busy Summer.

“We’re going to be able to bring music, food, fun to local parks,” Executive Director Emily Cahill said. “The idea is to bring smaller groups of people together to safely socialize, and so we look forward to doing that.”

The Park District announced a slew of events. Some of the highlights include a kickoff youth basketball tournament next weekend, and a travelling outdoor beer garden series — appropriately named “Parks on Tap”.

“We’ve transitioned, or transformed a 15-passenger van into a travelling taphouse,” Events Supervisor Nick Conrad said. “We’ll have four beers on tap wherever we’re at.”

At least five “Parks on Tap” events are scheduled through July at parks across Peoria.

Another welcome sight is the reopening of the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum.

“Our six exhibits are nothing without kids,” Museum Director Rebecca Shulman said. “We’ve missed kids, and with missed parents, and we’ve missed our community. So we can’t wait to welcome you back.”

The Museum will have safety features in place, and some parts will be closed to help keep children distanced.

Park District organizers say plans are just getting started, with more events to be scheduled this Fall.

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