Veterans Memorial Park & Wiggley Field
2600 Plank Road
Peru, IL 61354
Veterans Memorial Park offers Wiggley Field Dog Park, 3 baseball and softball fields, a playground, and 2 shelters.
The main parking lot is a striped concrete lot located up the drive and to the east of the ball fields. The west side of this lot has 11 handicapped parking spots with another 74 unreserved spots. A smaller paved and striped parking lot is located to the southeast and can accommodate approximately 34 vehicles. Additional unstriped parking is on the 3 acres of leveled screenings north of the existing paved lots which should accommodate approximately 240 additional vehicles.
Restrooms are located on the east side of the concession stand between the Big League and Little League fields. An additional 8 port-a-pottys will be located to the south on the west side of the big league field for Pistol Shrimp home games. There are also 2 port-a-pottys located on the east side of the dog park.
There are two park shelters. One is located northwest of the concession stand, and the other to the west between the big league and softball field. No reservations are taken for these shelters.
Food truck hookups are located to the west of the concession stand. There are 2 30-amp and 2 50-amp hook-ups.
The playground is to the west of the little league field, north of the food truck hook-ups.
The dog park, Wiggley Field, is located south off the southwest corner of the parking lot.
A water fountain is located on the north side of the concession stand.
Free Wi-Fi is offered in the Parks. At this time, it will only be on for games, with full-time Wi-Fi being offered in the near future.
No smoking is allowed in the park.
The press box is located on the northwest corner of the Big League Field.
Visitors to the park are welcome to bring their own portable seating.
Big League Field
There are 2 bleacher stands with a 250 person limit on the west side, and 2 smaller bleachers on the north side that will hold about 30 each.
Little League Field aka Armory Field
Approximately 4 smaller bleacher stands
Softball Field aka Veteran's West or Varsity field
Approximately 4 smaller bleacher stands
Note: Plank Rd is currently under construction and only the northbound lane from just south of the Veteran's Park entrance to just north of the Armory is open. There are temporary traffic signals in place to direct traffic.
From Interstate 80:
From Interstate 80 take Exit 73 for Plank Rd. Head south on Plank Rd approximately 1-3/4 miles. The entrance to Veterans' Park will be on the west side of the road (on your right).
From Route 6:
From Route 6 aka 4th St, turn north onto Peoria St. Continue north on Peoria St through the Shooting Park Rd intersection and through the roundabout, taking the third exit for Plank Rd. Continue north approximately 900 ft on Plank Rd. The entrance to Veteran's Memorial Park will be on the west side of the road (on your left).
From IL-251, go to the IL-251 and Shooting Park Rd intersection. Take Shooting Park Rd west to the Peoria St intersection. Turn north and continue on Peoria St through the roundabout, taking the third exit for Plank Rd. Continue north approximately 900 ft on Plank Rd. The entrance to Veteran's Memorial Park will be on the west side of the road (on your left).
PISTOL SHRIMP BASEBALL
Veteran's Memorial Park is home to the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp, an amateur wood-bat summer league baseball team! Learn more about the Illinois Valley Pistol Shrimp on their website: http://www.pistolshrimpbaseball.com/
During Home games, Veteran's Park will be closed to outside food and beverage. The currency used at Pistol Shrimp games will be "Claw Chips" which come in different denominations of $1, $5, and $25. Orange is $1, Blue is $5, and Green is $25. Claw Chips can be purchased via cash, credit, or Apple Pay at the tent located off the main walkway. They can also be purchased at any Streator Onized Credit Union (SOCU) branch starting May 26, 2021 in combinations of $25 or $50. Claw Chips will be needed for all vendors, including concessions with the exception of the merchandise tent which will also accept credit cards.
The concession stand will be open and selling drinks such as water, soda, and sports drinks as well as snacks such as candy, popcorn, pretzels, and nachos. There will be a food vendor and beer garden as well.
There will be a rotating cast of food vendors for the games. The beer garden sponsored by Peru's own Riverfront Bar & Grill will be located on the south end of the other shelter located between the big league field and softball field to the west. They will be serving domestics, a selection from Tangled Roots Brewing Company, as well as hard seltzer and tea. The north end of that shelter will be selling Pistol Shrimp merchandise such as hats, jerseys, t-shirts, and hoodies. Kid's sizes too!
Programs are available for a $1 Claw Chip and are 32-pages of history, trivia, and coupons, with detailed excerpts on the players. Each program is numbered, and purchasers have a chance to win a prize if your program number is called.
For evening games, the national anthem and first pitch will start off the game at 6:50 p.m. with game start at 7:05 p.m. Be sure to be early to get your drinks and snacks, and get in on any pre-game activities! For Sunday games, first pitch will be at 12:50 p.m. with game start at 1:05 p.m.
To see a list of theme nights, where attendees are encouraged to dress-up, visit http://www.pistolshrimpbaseball.com/view/ivpshrimp/schedule-1/illinois-valley-pistol-shrimp-2021-theme-nights
If you would like to volunteer, or are interested in being a food vendor, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Page last updated: June 9, 2021