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Lenore Sobota explores Forrest Park in Bloomington and speaks to Mark Phillips of Farmer City and his son Cody Phillips.

BLOOMINGTON – Like many parents this time of year, Farmer City’s Mark Phillips is trying to find ways to hang out with his son Cody before returning to college.

Last week they braved a heat warning on a golf course – a disc golf course – in Bloomington.

In fact, they played two courses, one in Forrest Park and the other in nearby PJ Irvin Park.

Forrest Park is just south of its better-known neighbor, Miller Park. The official address is 1813 Springfield Road, but the best way to get there is right on Morris Avenue or turn off Morris onto Tanner Street and enter the park via the roundabout.



Farmer City’s Cody Phillips putt towards the basket at Forrest Park Disc Golf Course in Bloomington on Aug 10.


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How many of us just passed by on our way to Miller Park or elsewhere without stopping? Definitely worth exploring.

Forrest Park is more than disc golf.

You can hike through the park, follow the golf course, and use connecting paths through the wooded areas. The old oak and hickory trees offer shady refreshment on hot summer days.

Lots of birds flew around and it should be a good place for bird watching as the autumn migration gets hot.

A short, paved path runs along the edge of the park with a view of the Highland Golf Course.

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A stone bridge crosses a creek in Forrest Park in Bloomington on August 10th.


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There are four picnic huts and picnic tables dotted around the park, ideal for family gatherings or a quick lunch break when you’re around. A small stream also flows through the park.

The family offers include a beautiful playground structure with swings and slides and climbing opportunities.

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Farmer City’s Cody Phillips launches his disc from the top of a hill at PJ Irvin Park Disc Golf Course in Bloomington on August 10th. He and his father Mark Phillips played both courses at PJ Irvin and Forrest Park that day.


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There’s even a former scout hut called Hike Haven that can be rented by calling 309-434-2260. It has an indoor meeting area, a kitchenette with a refrigerator, a covered porch, and an outdoor picnic area with a fire pit.

The cost for nonprofit groups is $ 25 per hour with a minimum of two hours. The rental fee is double that for business / private rentals.

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The easiest way to get to the playground is from the entrance on Morris Avenue. Use the Tanner Street option to reach the beginning of the disc golf course.

The course has two basket options and two tees for each “hole” so that you can adapt the course to your ability.



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Farmer City’s Mark Phillips tees off at Forrest Park Disc Golf in Bloomington on August 10th.


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The square has a lot of trees, but that’s what Cody Phillips likes about it.

“A lot of courses are open and about how far you can throw,” he said. “I prefer it when it comes to where to throw.”

Father and son laughed as they tried to bend their discs around the trees, but sometimes they bounced off the trees instead, more like a game of pool than golf.



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Forrest Park, 1813 Springfield Road, Bloomington, is a 20.2 acre park south of Miller Park with a disc golf course, picnic areas, and a playground.


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Mark Phillips is often accompanied to disc golf by his other son and wife, making it a fun family activity, he said.

“Being able to spend time with my sons and family when the four of us can go together,” is what Mark Phillips likes about disc golf.

“It’s a beautiful world out there if you take the time to find it,” he said.

Photos: Bloomington-Mann’s dream to restore an old railroad car

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Bloomington aviation mechanic David Parker will draw on his experience restoring old aircraft while trying to rescue an old railcar in Harristown.


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Bloomington’s David Parker steps into the sleeper car that was once part of the Central Illinois Land Railroad in the early 1900s. The car, now in the old Harristown depot, is in dire disrepair and is the focus of a campaign Parker is working on to restore it.


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Bloomington’s David Parker is cleaning up weeds that grow around the sleeper car that was once part of the Central Illinois Land Railroad in the early 1900s. The car, now in the old Harristown depot, is in a badly dilapidated condition and is the focus of Parker’s campaign to restore it.


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The old sleeper is in the old depot in Harristown on Tuesday.


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Bloomington’s David Parker is hoping to restore a sleeper that was once part of the Central Illinois Overland Railway in the early 1900s. The car, now in the old Harristown depot, is in a badly dilapidated condition and is the focus of Parker’s campaign to restore it.


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This former sleeping car was part of the overland railway through Central Illinois in the early 20th century.


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Lace curtains still hang on the windows of the sleeping car that was once part of the Central Illinois S-Bahn in the early 20th century.


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Bloomington’s David Parker has already started preparing the old sleeper for the trip to Bloomington when he can raise the $ 30,000 needed to move.


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Bloomington’s David Parker exits an old railroad sleeper in Harristown Tuesday. He’s working on restoring the car.


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Contact Lenore Sobota at (309) 820-3240. Follow her on Twitter: @Pg_Sobota

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