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Lake Storey Beach

By Tony Oligney-Estill, MS, CPRE, Director of Parks & Rec, City of Galesburg

Whether you are visiting Galesburg or you have lived here for twenty years, the same question comes up, “What is there to do?” There is so much to do in Galesburg that I will limit this article to just the free outdoor activities.

Lake Storey is the signature park in Galesburg. Lake Storey Beach is open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. for people to enjoy swimming or playing sand volleyball. If you don’t have a ball, just show your ID to the staff at the boat window on Friday, Saturday or Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. to check out a ball. While at Lake Storey Beach, feel free to rent a paddle boat or canoe with kayaks coming later this summer. Okay, this is the only paid thing I will mention.

If you like getting wet and cannot make it out to Lake Storey, stop by Rotary or Kiwanis Parks to play in the splashpads or HT Custer, ON Custer and
Lincoln Parks to play in the wading pools. If you want to hang out with your furry friend, visit the Connie Nott Canine Area in Inbinder Park. There is a separate off leash area for small and large dogs. A couple of water play features were added to the dog park in 2018 so dogs can have even more fun.

If you want to get out and walk a bit, try playing disc golf at the 18-hole course at Kiwanis Park. While at Kiwanis Park, try out some new tricks on your board at the Skate Park. There are also walking paths at Lake Storey, Kiwanis Park, Inbinder Park and Rotary Park for a leisurely evening stroll. There is so much more to do and see if you just get out and explore!


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