Parks & Neighborhoods
Quincy, Illinois is fortunate to possess one of the most extensive, beautiful and varied park systems of any town its size in the Midwest.
Over a thousand acres in size, the Quincy Park District maintains nearly 40 separate parks in the city, from small neighborhood picnic & playgrounds parks to a 275 slip marina on the Mississippi River to large multi-use facilities such as Wavering-Moorman park.
Wavering-Moorman Park includes a large swimming complex, a scenic lake with paddle-boat concessions and fishing, many lighted softball fields, a disk golf course, an archery range, and playgrounds and shelter houses with electricity and grills.
Westview Golf Course, operated by the District, is a 27-hole course with pro shop and club house. Additionally there are three private country club courses.
It’s been said that the Park District wants a park within a mile of every home and town…and it seems that they’ve very nearly succeeded.
Quincy’s neighborhoods reflect the town’s growth over the years. South of Maine Street and west of 12th Street are the many fine homes and architecturally-significant buildings of the German Historic District.
From Greek Revival to Italianate to Romanesque, Queen Anne to stunning examples of native-Illinois Prairie Style, Quincy’s architectural heritage is a quiet treasure that residents share with visitors from around the world.
A stately canopy of trees marches down most blocks in this area, gracefully shading sidewalks and streets. Further along Maine is the first planned neighborhood, dating from the 1930′s.
North of Broadway (the main east-west street) a series of neighborhoods grew up around parks and schools. Nearer the river are one hundred and fifty year old homes, some single-family and some multi-use. Moving east these neighborhoods are the stereotype of “Middle America” with shady streets, wrap-around porches, kids in the yard and neighbors leaning over fences discussing the issues of the day.
Scattered on the north, south and east are a series of much more recent developments, with modern suburban homes and lots.
Commercial activity is scattered throughout town, with concentrations in the Historic Quincy Business District downtown, stretched along four miles of Broadway in the heart of Quincy, and in the booming “big box” area to the east.
Along the fringes of town you’ll find town and country mingling as homes and neighborhoods co-exist with farms and fields. These tranquil areas are perfect for outdoor types who still want to enjoy easy access to Quincy’s restaurants, stores, businesses, and museums, theater and symphony.
Our parks and neighborhoods make Quincy one of the most livable of American towns.