Nelson Center

1601 North 5th Street

The Nelson Center contains two indoor ice rinks, eight locker rooms, and two concession areas that are open to the public year-round. The Nelson Center houses the only two indoor ice rinks within a 60-mile radius and therefore serves as the home for most ice related programs, events, and activities in the area. The Springfield Park District offers a variety of instructional classes and leagues designed to teach children and adults how to ice skate, figure skate, or play hockey. The Nelson Center also reserves weekly open skate time(s) to allow the community to enjoy public ice skating, youth under 10 years old must be accompanied by an adult.  Please call 217-753-2800 for dates and times.


Discount Skate Cost (weekdays): $7.00 (Includes skates, all ages)

Regular Skate Cost (weekends): $5.00 (Youth 12 years & under, or Sr. Citizens 62+)

$7.00 (Adults 13 years+)


ICE JAMZ (Music & Light Show): $9.00 (with skates)

$11.00 (without skates)


Skate Rental Cost: $3.00


Group Rates (includes skate rental):

Regular Skate Rate:

11-20 people: $7.50
Over 20 people: $6.00

Discount Skate Rate:

11-20 people:                                $5.50
Over 20 people:                             $5.00

10 Use passes:
Youth:                                           $45.00
Adult:                                             $63.00
Senior:                                           $45.00

Skate Rental:                                 $27.00

Springfield Figure Skating Club - Spotlight on Ice!

Spotlight On Ice is an exciting entertainment event held at the Springfield Park District Nelson Center Ice Rink.  The show is designed to please audiences of all ages! Performed by 70 local skaters and nationally acclaimed special guest, 2018 U.S. Junior Champion Camden Pulkinen, Spotlight On Ice features colorful lighting and costumes, stories you’ll recognize and some of your favorite music. Come see Spotlight On Ice 2019 - Ice Fantasies!  Choose from 3 performances: Saturday, March 23 at 2 pm and 7 pm; Sunday, March 24 at 2 pm. Tickets are $7 for kids 12 and under and $12 for attendees age 13 and up.  Click on the link below the flyer to go online to purchase your tickets in advance!  And go to to learn more about the Springfield Figure Skating Club.

Purchase Tickets Online:

We are excited to announce that we are a Chicago Blackhawks Rink Partner!  We participate in their MinorHawks Learn to Play and Little Blackhawks Program(s) to cross promote the sport of youth hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, the Springfield Park District, and Springfield Youth Hockey Association!


Visit their website for more information:


Contact the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 to get your child registered for the next session of MinorHawks Learn to Play Hockey, Learn to Skate or other ice programs!


Additionally, the Nelson Center is home to the Jr. Blues hockey team, the Springfield Figure Skating Club, Springfield Youth Hockey Association, Lincoln Land High School Hockey, and Sr. Hockey League. Click on the user group tab (over on the right) to visit their websites for information about each group.

Click on the following links to find out more about our monthly programs:

Free Style - November U 2019.pdf

Public Skate - November 2019.pdf

Drop in Hockey - November 2019.pdf