Peoria Civic Center exploring development options for an Urban Park at Fulton and Jefferson corner

Monday, March 21, 2016, 10:45 A.M.

Peoria Civic Center exploring development options for an Urban Park at Fulton and Jefferson corner


Monday, March 21st 2016 (Peoria, IL)- The Peoria Civic Center/SMG announced today that they are exploring development options for the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue as an urban park. This area, adjacent to Peoria’s City Hall, is the site of the annual PNC Winterfest, which features an outdoor ice skating rink and ice slide from late November - January. By upgrading the space from an open lot to an urban park, the Peoria Civic Center would be able to provide additional outdoor events throughout the year.


“Building on the success of PNC Winterfest, an urban park in the heart of downtown would give us the opportunity to create even more unique events for the community,” said Peoria Civic Center/SMG General Manager Anne Clayton. “We have received proposals from several local architectural firms and are excited to begin exploring options for this space.”


The project is just beginning to take shape but is expected to move quickly over the next few months. “We appreciate the community’s support and patience as we work to create a fun unique space for all to enjoy,” said Anne Clayton. 

The site on the corner of Fulton Street and Jefferson Avenue is currently home to the City of Peoria Police and Fire memorial. The Peoria Civic Center is honored to be home to the memorial and will take all steps necessary to ensure that the memorial is not obstructed in any way.


Any comments or suggestions regarding the project can be emailed to


About the Peoria Civic Center

The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area.  For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats.  As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houstons NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.  SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 130 accounts worldwide.



SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management.  Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.


The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities.  SAVORs commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible.  SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market.  To learn more, visit