Maxwell Park History
In 1970, 125 acres were purchased by the Town of Normal and Unit 5. Together, Unit 5 and the Town of Normal 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 BNGSA all 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 ball park was renamed Champion Fields, and four additional fields were added. Maxwell was also home to a performance theatre, which hosted several productions until the structure burned down in May of 2002.
• Picnic Shelters
• Picnic Tables
• Lighted Tennis Courts
• Horseshoe Court • Disc Golf Course • Dog Park • Natural Area • Cross Country Course