Dec 12, 2012 Peoria City Council Approves Purchase of Rocky Glen


December 11, 2012

The group Friends of Rocky Glen wishes to thank the Peoria City Council for its favorable vote to purchase the natural area called Rocky Glen for public use. During the past two years as we worked to protect this unique property, we have been privileged to experience a broad base of support that includes Peoria local businesses, volunteer organizations, local governmental bodies and literally hundreds of private citizens from Peoria and nearby communities. It is impossible to thank everyone.

Our group would like to especially recognize the owners and staff of Jimmy’s Bar, John S Rhodell Brewery, Raber Packing Company, Left Hand Brewing, Sports Corner & Creations, the West Peoria Resident’s Association, the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Global Warming Solutions Group, the Forest Park Foundation, the Peoria Park District, the City of West Peoria and the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission. We are also grateful to State Senator David Koehler and Representative Gordon for their support. The multi-faceted efforts of these  people have contributed to this success.

Friends of Rocky Glen would like to specifically thank Susan Schlupp, Peoria City staff, for her outstanding diligence in pursuing public ownership of Rocky Glen. Her efforts have been far above and beyond what anyone would expect. Peoria’s hard working employees deserve our gratitude for their every day effort. Susan has accomplished amazing work to help make this City Council vote possible.

Finally, Friends of Rocky Glens commends the Peoria City Council for its historic vote. Rocky Glen represented one of the largest privately held parcels of unique natural value in Central Illinois. Rocky Glen will provide open space for an underserved part of the city, expand outdoor education opportunities for nearby District 150 schools and safeguard a piece of Peoria history. This purchase truly serves all Peorians well.

The Friends of Rocky Glen is committed to help make this property accessible for public enjoyment. Our efforts will include fundraising for trails, a public parking lot and interpretive signs that will facilitate the use of Rocky Glen as an open classroom.  We will continue to volunteer our time to further protect and restore this unique natural area. We are committed to staying involved, because there is plenty of work yet to do. We invite everyone to visit our website,, and get involved.

For further information please contact President David Pittman at 309-573-2354

April 29, 2012 Family Gathering at Rocky Glen

On Sunday, April 29th, one of the board members of the Friends of Rocky Glen led a family reunion of about 30 people on a private hike of Rocky Glen.  There were 4 generations of the family represented ranging from 2 to 80 years old, and this family shared memories of visiting the area years ago.  Here is there story.

Rocky Glen has held a special place in my family’s heritage for over 70 years.  My Grandma on my mom’s side actually hiked there when she was young (not sure of the year) and my parents hiked there when they were engaged back in 1951.  They took us on hikes there when we were little and we LOVED it.  I remember her teaching us how important it was to preserve the area.  She would always bring along a garbage sack to carry out any litter we found while hiking.
So when my mom saw the article in the Journal Star about Rocky Glen she was thrilled to find out that through the “Friends of Rocky Glen” group that hikes to the glen were possible.
I thought that it would be an awesome thing to do in honor of her 80th birthday and was thrilled that Todd was able to accommodate our large group of her kids, grandkids and some of her great grandkids (yes, 4 generations) on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  The rain didn’t dampen any spirits that day.  It brought back lots of memories for us and we are really grateful for what your group is doing.  You really made my mom’s day and gave our family another wonderful memory of the Glen.


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October, 2011 Bradley University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Visit to Rocky Glen

Friends of Rocky Glen board members Ed Stermer and David Pittman led a hike to Rocky Glen recently focusing on the unique geology of the area.  Members of Bradley’s Osher Lifelong Institute braved the weather on a cool October Monday.  You can view pictures from their hike on their blog at the following link: