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Savanna Park District

Park District office
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The Savanna Park District provides many leisure activities that enhance the quality of life for Savanna residents as well as provide a peaceful getaway for visitors.

The Park District office is located at 225 Bowen Street and they can be reached by calling 815-273-4487 or by email at

The Savanna Park District offers recreational opportunities at the Savanna Marina, Marquette Park, Old Mill Park, Indoor Swimming Pool, Helle Park, Sixth Street Park, and Pioneer Monument Park.

The Park Board consists of five commissioners who are responsible for the operation and control of all Park District facilities and programs. Current commissioners are: Shawn Picolotti, Larry Melaas, Craig Hatteberg, Bill Robinson and Peg Haffey. 

The regular park board meetings are held at 6:00 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the District Office at 225 Bowen Street.

We can be reached by Phone At:

Name Term
District Office 815-273-4487
Savanna Marina 815-273-2955
Swimming Pool 815-273-3887
Parks 815-273-4549

On July 1, 1929, five distinguished gentlemen met in a room at The National Bank to hold the initial meeting of the Savanna Park District. Without any property or a tax levy, the first group of commissioners planted the seeds that have grown into today’s park district that includes five parks, a marina, and a swimming pool. The founding commissioners were Frank Jenks, president; Alfred Boothby, secretary; and Laurence Miles, Harfin Dinsen and Oluf Hansen, commissioners.  In August of 1929, the park board commissioners adopted their first levy for $16,050. It wasn’t until April 1, 1930, the City of Savanna turned over property to the park. Ordinance #396 gave the park district Marquette Park, 29 acres at Old Mill Park and the Pioneer Monument. Since that time the park district has added an indoor pool, the Savanna Marina, Helle Park, and Sixth Street Park.

Rules for Reserving Shelters at Old Mill Park
The Savanna Park District has a variety of facilities available for gatherings such as reunions, picnics, weddings and other group functions. Outdoor shelters are available on a "first-come, first-served" basis to the general public, unless reserved and paid for in advance through the District Office. To reserve the open-air shelters it will be a charge of $25, and Plum Pavilion will be $30. This can be done in person at the Savanna Park District Office (225 Bowen Street) or through the mail. Any questions please call the District Office at 815-273-4487. Rental fees are required to be paid in full at the time of reservation.