City of Bloomington Parks & Recreation • 115 E. Washington St. • Bloomington, IL 61701 • 309-434-2260 •

Facility Rental & Special Services

For more information on availability, or if you wish to see a facility, call the Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department at (309) 434-2260.

Miller Park PavilionMiller Park Pavilion

The pavilion at Miller Park was built at a cost of $45,000 in 1905, and was one of the finest pavilions ever put in a public park. It was designed by George Miller and is noted for its excellent acoustic properties for dance bands.

This unique landmark was restored in 1977 and continues to be a popular spot for a variety of activities. Rates vary depending upon room size and type of event. Reservations can be made starting January 1 of one year for the following year. (i.e. January 1, 2007 reservations start for 2008 rentals).

View a 3D image of the Miller Park Pavilion lower level here. Photo credit Simone's 3D Tour Galleries.

The indoor facilities must be scheduled for a minimum of three (3) hours. Various areas are available for rental (see chart below). Deposits are due 90 days before the event. Commercial enterprises including businesses or corporations for profit will be charged twice the rate.

Because of the Miller Park Pavilion building set-up, any rental involving music must rent out the entire main and upper levels.

FEE SCHEDULE M - Th F - Su & Holidays Deposit
Entire Main Level $100/hr $150/hr. $150
1/2 of Main Level $50/hr. $75/hr. $150
Upper or 3rd Level $50/hr. $75/hr. $150
East Porch $75 per day $75 per day none
Weddings/Dances - (Without Alcohol) $700 per day $950 per day $300

Weddings - (With Alcohol - Only allowed from November 1 - March 31)

$850 per day $1450 per day $300


Entire Main Level - Large area with wooden floor and floor to ceiling windows. Overlooks Miller Park Lake. Capacity 300 - 350.

1/2 of Main Level - Partitions divide the main level into two smaller areas. The east side overlooks the lake; the west side faces the zoo. Capacity 100 - 150.

Upper or 3rd Level - Carpeted meeting room. Capacity 75 - 100.

East Porch - Outside area protected from the elements by an overhead balcony. Electricity and water are available. Capacity 50 - 60.

Dances - Includes entire main and upper levels.

Weddings, etc. - Includes entire main and upper levels. Alcohol will not be considered from April 1st to October 31st. Liquor License must be obtained through Liquor Commission and approved by City Council. Contact the City Clerk to apply for a special liquor license after securing a rental date.

Miller Park Pavilion Rental Policy & Procedures are available at the Parks and Recreation office. For information on availability or if you wish to see the facility, call (309) 434-2260.


Hike Haven
Hike Haven is the perfect rustic spot for birthday parties, family gatherings and more. Located on Lake Drive in Forrest Park, the former Girl Scout Cabin will welcome you to a nature like setting. There is no air conditioning, but several doors and windows open to allow a nice breeze through the facility and out onto the covered back porch. Facility contains a small kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave and an outside picnic area. There is a single unisex bathroom inside. For information on availability call (309) 434-2260. For more photos of Hike Haven click here.



Winter Hill Grove
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White Oak Community Room
This facility, located at 1514 N. Cottage in White Oak Park, is a small meeting room for 30 - 35 people. A small kitchenette is in it. There is a patio off the room that faces the lake. $100/two hours and $50 for each additional hour. Over 4 hours is a full day charge of $300.


Pepsi Ice Center
Located at 201 S. Roosevelt Ave., it features a 200’ x 85’ sheet of ice and a party room for birthdays or small meetings. The ice may be rented for groups or practices at times it’s not being used for Pepsi Ice programs. Birthday parties or small meetings may be scheduled in the meeting room. Call 434-2PEPSI (2737) for more information

Lincoln Leisure Center

Lincoln Leisure Center
Once an elementary school, this two-story building consists of a gymnasium and nine classrooms. Two classrooms are available for rental. Classrooms in the Lincoln Leisure Center are available to the public for meetings, educational workshops, birthday parties, training sessions, etc. The gymnasium is available for practices, games, demonstrations, clinics and special events. Rentals can be scheduled once department recreation programs have been scheduled. Rentals require a two-hour minimum and must be paid in full at the time of the reservation.

Located on the corner of Lee and Miller Streets, 1-1/2 blocks west of Route 51 South. Rentals require a two-hour minimum. No refunds on cancellations. There is a building supervisor on site during programs, activities, and rentals.

Rental Rates for the Lincoln Leisure Center*
$20 per hour Classroom
$45 per hour Gym

For information on availability or if you wish to see the facility, call (309) 434-2260.

*Prices are double if the building is closed due to no other programs being held.


Open-air SheltersOpen Air Shelter Policy

Open-air shelters located in Airport, Ewing I, Ewing II, White Oak, Eagle View, Brookridge, Northpoint, Forrest, Fell, Holiday, O'Neil, Pepper Ridge, P.J. Irvin, Rollingbrook, Stevenson, Sunnyside, Suburban East, McGraw, and Bittner Parks are available free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are two large shelters in Tipton Park which may be reserved. The one off GE Road is $50; the one off Stone Mountain Blvd. is $150 for the whole shelter and $75 for half. Run/Walks are $190 for either shelter. There is $150 damage deposit due for Run/Walks.

Call 434-2260 for more information. Commercial enterprises including businesses or corporations for profit will be charged twice the rate.



Mobile Stage

The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department’s 32’ hydraulically operated mobile stage offers stage facilities at any site. Parks and Recreation staff deliver, set-up and take-down the mobile stage for each rental. Payment must be made at least two weeks in advance of the delivery.

Perfect for all types of gatherings, events, and performances, Bloomington Parks and Recreation’s 32’ mobile stage offers stage facilities at any site.

Mobile StageFeatures include:

  • hydraulically operated canopy for sun and rain protection during performances
  • hydraulically operated stage deck offers extra performance area
  • acoustical body panels provide superior sound projection
  • electrical outlets on stage make it easier to put on a show.
Body Width 8'
Lengrh 32'4" including hitch 35'4"
Stage when extended Depth 13'5"
Exterior Portion Length 32'
Interior Portion Length 28'

Parks and Recreation staff are responsible for delivery, set-up, and take-down of mobile stage for each rental.


FEE SCHEDULE Stage Only Per Day With Stage Extensions *Weekend Rate W/ Extensions
Local non-profit, fraternal, community service $250 $350 $500 $700
Business/Individual use $500 $700 $1000 $1400
Out-of-town $500 $700 $1000 $1400

(additional charge of 60¢/mile out of Bloomington/Normal_

Payment must be made at time of reservation. For information on stage availability, contact the Parks and Recreation Department at (309) 434-2260.


Swimming PoolsSwimming Pools
During the summer months, the Bloomington Parks & Recreation Department operates two aquatic facilities. These are great places to rent for a group outing, special occasion or birthday party!

O’Neil Pool, located at 900 N. Hinshaw, is a 25 meter pool with two diving boards, two flume slides, and a separate pool for small children.

Holiday Pool, located at 800 S. McGregor, is a 25 meter pool with a slide for the large pool and a zero depth children’s pool with play features.

Rentals are available 7:00 - 10:00 pm, Monday - Friday, and 6:00 - 10:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

$100 per hour with a two hour minimum. Up to 100 guests with $2 for each additional guest. See Aquatics section for more information.


How to Make a Reservation
Contact the Parks & Recreation office at 434-2260 to schedule your private rental. Reservations may not be made at the aquatic facility. Renter must fill out a facility rental form and provide payment at least one week in advance.

Golf Course Rooms

Please see Golf's banquet room page here.




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