Woodyard Conservation Area

This park came about with the generous donation from the Dorothy Woodyard trust and a C2000 grant from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.  The park is 206 acres in total and the park off of Illinois Route 130 is approximately 6 acres.  In the park there are three picnic shelters, an ADA restroom facility and a monument indicating the naming of the park for Dorothy Woodyard’s parents, Iva Hanna and Lincoln Woodyard.


The dedication of the park was held on August 16, 2004.  The Woodyard Family was well represented at the dedication along with Mayor Dan Cougill and City Manager R. Scott Smith from the City of Charleston.  Several local residents and the Parks and Recreation staff were present.  The Woodyard family representative that spoke at the ceremony was Judy Reiners, Dorothy’s niece.  Also, Mary Jane Coartney read a poem that she had written and it is on a stone in the park.

520 Jackson Avenue, Charleston, IL 61920 ~ Phone 217-345-5650 ~ TTY 217-345-7517 ~ Fax 217-345-7554 ~ cityhall@co.coles.il.us