Rand Park is 50 acres of rolling green hills and magnificent trees with a manicured bluff to witness a breathtaking, panoramic view of the Mississippi River. This park offers a large playground, stone shelter houses, flower gardens, fishing, ice skating, 18 hole disc golf and tennis courts. While strolling along the paved walkways, you'll see the statue of Chief Keokuk, the acoustic Pavilion (randparkpavilion.com), the Keokuk Firefighter Memorial and the Blue Star Memorial. The Rand Park Flower Garden features beautiful gardens landscaped by community volunteers, Birge
Fountain situated in the midst of the gardens and a hummingbird sculpture by Al Moander.
During the holiday season, Rand Park is the host of the City's Christmas light display called the "City of Christmas" (cityofchristmas.org). There are over 100 holiday displays with close to 1 million lights.
The statue of Chief Kiyo' kaga, (one who moves about alert) 1767-1848, later known as Chief Keokuck, or Chief Keokuk stands in Rand Park, erected by the Keokuk chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
Keokuk was born about 1767 near Rock River, Illinois. He was not a chief by birth, but rose to command through ability and force of character. Keokuk was a leading figure for the native tribes during the negotiations to end the Blak Hawk War which ceded six million acres of land in what is now the state of Iowa.
Chief Keokuk died from dysentery in April 1848 in Kansas. In 1883, his remains were removed from Kansas to Keokuk, where they were reinterred into Rand Park and a monument was erected over his grave by the Keokuk chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
In 1900 Charles P. Birge, a successful business man and civic leader proposed placing a fountain in Rand Park. He paid for the construction costs and donated this small Greek temple-like fountain to the City of Keokuk. Birge Fountain is one of the most beautiful focal points in Keokuk, sitting amidst the flower gardens in Rand Park. Many residents and visitors marvel at its pillars, dome ceiling and basin with urn. It is especially popular as a setting for outdoor weddings and used as a background for photographic settings.