Maxwell Park History

In 1970, the Town of Normal and Unit 5 purchased 125 acres . Together, Unit 5 and the Town created a comprehensive development plan. Fifty acres would go to Unit 5 for the development of a new school and the rest was developed by the Town of Normal for a park. The development plan for the park included playing fields, tennis courts, three apparatus areas and picnic areas. In 1998, State Farm, the Town of Normal and the Bloomington Normal Girls Softball Association (BNGSA) contributed a combined $200,000 to build four new softball diamonds to hold state tournaments. The diamonds were dedicated to Bruce Callis, a former State Farm Insurance Cos. executive and avid supporter of women’s athletics. The ballpark was renamed Champion Fields and four additional fields were added. Initially, Maxwell was also home to a performance theatre. which hosted several productions. The structure burned down in May 2002.

Located at: 307 N. Parkside Rd.


  • Restrooms
  • Picnic Shelters
  • Picnic Tables
  • Grills
  • Restrooms- Permanent 
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Playground for ages 5-12
  • ADA Swing 
  • Merry Go Round 
  • Ballfields
  • Batting Cages
  • Lighted Tennis Courts 
  • Basketball
  • Horseshoe Court 
  • Disc Golf Course
  • Dog Park 
  • Natural Area
  • Cross Country Course
Tennis Court