Park News

Outdoor Ice Skating
Due to the warm up in the weather... the skating ponds at all sites are closed.





Special Recreation visits the Hoogland
Springfield Special Recreation goes to local theater at The Hoogland Center for the Arts to enjoy some performances by local actors. Each show will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Sundays. Any admissions are included in the fee. You must register 2 weeks in advance for this program by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

The True Adventures of Aladdin on February 18. This is a play that follows the story of Aladdin and is performed by young actors.

Beauty and the Beast on March 25. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale.

Robin Hood on April 22. This is a play that follows Robin Hood and his merry men as they combat the sleazy Sheriff in thrilling sword fights to help the people of Sherwood Forest.



GO!217 Workout in the Park
Join us on Thursday, March 1 at 6:00pm for a free workout. This workout will be at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. Bring water and a friend! Check out the GO 217 Facebook Page or go217.org for more information.



Free March Dance with Special Recreation
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie for our monthly semi-formal dance at Erin's Pavilion. This dance is free to individuals of all abilities ages seven and up! Come dance and hang out with friends on Friday, March 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Special Recreation Visits the St. Louis Science Center
This month we will be taking a day trip on March 11 down to St. Louis Missouri to visit the famous St. Louis Science Center. Drop off and pick up will be at Erin’s Pavilion. This day trip will be leaving at 9:00am and will be returning at 4:00pm the same day. Lunch will be provided and is included in the fee for the program. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least two weeks in advance).



Special Recreation visits the Springfield Art Association
Bring out your artistic abilities with an outing to the Springfield Art Association. Learn to make a variety of different art projects with the help guidance from a professional. Classes are on March 14, 21 and 28. Sign up for one class or all of them! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least two weeks in advance).



Parents' Night Out: Nelson Center
Need an evening without the kids? Go out for a night on the town on Friday, March 16 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too! They will enjoy ice skating with music and a live DJ at the Nelson Center. They will get to skate around to some of their favorite songs with special lights. Available for ages 12-21. Make sure you call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least 2 weeks in advance in order to reserve your child's spot.



Spring Break Camp
Spring Break camp is 6 days of all day activities. This camp is for anyone with or without a disability ages 5-25. An afternoon snack will be provided. The day will include recreational activities as well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day. No candy or soda please! Camp starts on March 30 and runs through April 6 (Mondays-Fridays). Drop-off is at 7:30 am and pick-up is at 5:30pm each day at the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park.



February Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Click the image below for a print-friendly version.



Winter/Spring Program and Facility Guide
Our Winter/Spring Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy on Illinois Times stands around Springfield. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District! Click the image below to download a pdf to your computer.



Event and Program Listings
To help you better find what fun event or program you are looking for, we have created this quick alphabetical listing:


After School Recreation PowerPlay! Beyond School
We will be offering an after school program for individuals with or without disabilities. This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. Chatham Schools (Erin's Pavilion) will begin this program on August 16 and District 186 (Nelson Center) will begin on August 21. Both school districts' after school programs will run from 2:00-5:30pm Monday-Friday. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign your child up. You must sign up at least 2 weeks in advance.



Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. The participants can attempt to complete workouts assigned by the Aquatics director and/or participants. This program is offered for advanced swimmers at Eisenhower pool. Masters Swim Practice is on Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:30am from September 10, 2017 through May 20, 2018. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up for a year lap pass.



Springfield Jr Blues Home Schedule
Check out the image below and find out when you will be able to go cheer on the Springfield Jr Blues this season! Call 217-525-2589, visit their website at www.jrblues.com or download their app!



Special Olympics: Swim Team
This is an opportunity to learn and practice swimming and stroke skills for all abilities. With athletes working toward Special Olympics competition. You do not have to complete in Special Olympics to be in this program, but you must know how to swim. Practices start on December 3, 2017 and run until June 10, 2018 on Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm at Eisenhower Pool. This program is for ages eight and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Stick-N-Puck
This is a drop-in hockey session designed for participants to practice hockey skill development at the Nelson Center. Sometimes games are played and organized by the players. Players MUST have full hockey gear (we do not provide hockey equipment). This program is for ages 15 and up and starts on January 1 and runs until April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Mondays through Fridays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Adult Skills Development
Learn and work on the basics of hockey in a drop-in atmosphere. A great early morning workout! This program is for beginners on up! Players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey equipment. This program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00am to 7:30am at the Nelson Center from January 2 through April 26 for ages 15 and up. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Alley Catz Bowling
Yearlong bowling program that consists of six, 8-week sessions. You can pay $2 per week or $16 per session which is 8 weeks. If you choose to pay weekly, you must have your money ready that day or you will be charged the session rate. The Alley Catz bowling league offers a great opportunity for socializing. You can register the day of at the bowling alley. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Diving Lessons
This diving program will provide the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn, perfect and compete in the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Our instructors, Elisha Herr & Matt Woodson will be coaching all levels of participants. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – e.b.herr@gmail.com). Sessions begin in January and end in May (one session per month). See flyer below for exact dates and times. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Bingo Night
Join us for a night of fun and play BINGO! We play cover all, four corners, and regular Bingo. Join us for FREE on Wednesdays at Erin's Pavilion from 5:30pm to 6:30pm from January 3 through April 25. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class with teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. All participants must register one week in advance! There will be one session of classes each month on Thursdays from January through April. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. For ages 18 and older. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am at Eisenhower Pool. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Broomball Rentals
Groups can play broomball and organize their own teams while wearing street clothes and shoes on the ice. Ice skates are not needed. Equipment provided. Rentals are available from January 5 through April 27 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up for a rental.



Winter Adult Learn to Play Hockey
This is a drop-in program that offers first-time hockey players a chance to get on the ice and experience the GREAT sport of Hockey! We will use the first 30 minutes to instruct participants on how to skate properly, allowing the remainder of the time for practice and/or pick-up games. Rental Skates are provided and players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear.  Limited space available. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to get signed up.




Jr. Blues Games with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game of agility and speed. Watch the action as the Jr. Blues take on other teams in the Midwest division. Anyone ages seven and older with or without a disability can attend. All games will be played at the Nelson Center. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.



Swim Lessons
Eisenhower Pool will have three sessions of swim lessons throughout winter and spring. There are four separate lessons to choose from: Parent/Tot, Group. Semi-Private and Private. Choose the the lessons that is right for you. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.



Fencing
These classes meet once a week for four weeks. We will introduce the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. All fencing gear is provided. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.




Carillon Winter Concerts
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District’s carillonist will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts will be on Sunday afternoons and Wednesdays at noon from January 7 through April 29 (weather permitting). Call 217-546-3853 with questions, go to www.carillon-rees.org or the Carillon Facebook page.



Ballroom Dance Program
Learn how to Ballroom Dance with Ron and Paula! This season they will be teaching Basic Ballroom, Basic East Coast Swing, the Hustle, the Rhumba, the Salsa and the Tango. Dance classes will be on Wednesday nights at the Nelson Center. See the flyer below for more information. Call Ron & Paula at 217-553-0446 for more information or to sign up.



Special Olympics: Powerlifting
Bench Press, squats, and deadlift are all events you can compete in for special Olympics Powerlifting. Become a member of our powerlifting team. This program begins in January and may continue on until June for Summer Games. Powerlifting will be held on Mondays from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at Anytime Fitness at 3041 S. Dirksen Parkway. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Zooper Edvenures Classes
Hop on over to the Henson Robinson Zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems in Zooper Edventures. Have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the Zoo and observe some beastly behavior! Classes will be on specific Saturdays from February through April from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for ages 5-6 or ages 7-9. Pre-registration is required at least 24 hours before the class date. Call 217-585-1821 to reserve your spot or for more information. For specific class dates see the flyer below.



Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler (ages 2 to 5) to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session). See the flyer below for more information. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up (advance registration is required, and classes fill quickly).



Special Olympics: Soccer
Kicking, running, dribbling down the field to score a goal! Become a member of our Special Olympics Soccer team or skills. This program begins on February 17 and may continue until June for Summer Games. Practices will be held at Lincoln Park Soccer Field (to the left of the Nelson Center) from 9:00 am to 10:30am on Saturdays. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Learn to Skate: Session 2
Our Learn to Skate Academy is a 6 class program, co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District. We teach a step by step progression of skills which develops the student’s techniques in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. Beginners start in Snowplow Sam 1 or Basic 1. Beginning skaters do NOT need expensive equipment. In most cases you can start by using skates from our rink or by borrowing a pair from a friend. Be sure to dress in warm and comfortable clothing. As you learn more, you will likely want to invest in your own skates and equipment. Register for the “Early Bird” Discount by February 14 ($62/resident & $72/non-resident)! Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited. DON’T WAIT OR YOU MAY BE TOO LATE, REGISTER TODAY!



Project H.O.W.L.
In Project H.O.W.L., we Help Out Wild Life! In our zoo classroom, we will learn about animals and their ecosystems, and on zoo grounds, we will present enrichment items to enhance those animals’ lives and stimulate new behaviors. Advance registration is required. Please register at least 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.



BMX Track

The Springfield Park District and Springfield BMX have partnered together to offer a full BMX track and an all-inclusive BMX program that provides recreational programs for children and adults. The track itself is nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course features a dirt track complete with jumps and asphalt turns. Springfield BMX strives to provide a high quality ABA (American Bicycle Association) program, in fact, riders from Springfield BMX compete in top level competition such as: Worlds, Nationals, and State Championships. Winning titles in all three and have for years! Check out their Facebook page: Springfield BMX


Open from March 2018 - November 2018
Practices: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm - $5 fee 
Races: Sundays (registration 1-2pm) - $12 fee

USABMX Membership: 
Cost: $60 
Can be purchased at the track during operating hours. 
Contact: Jeremy Barlow Track Operator at 217-931-2680, email JakeBarlow69@yahoo.com or Eve Barlow Track Operator 217-685-9193

Track Hours:
Closed Jan-Feb 
Reopens March 2018 
The BMX Club operates the track at Riverside Park seven days per week

Public Hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - Dawn to Dusk 
Wednesdays - 5:30-7:30pm

Information:
Riders are required to have helmets, closed toe shoes, long pants and it is recommended to have long sleeves.


Capital City Lacrosse Players Wanted
Now that you’ve learned the game, join CAPLAX as they play in the Central Illinois Lacrosse Association! We will be taking on other teams from all around Central Illinois! Our season starts on March 6, 2018. We need players (girls and boys) from ages 6-18! Call Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.



Minorhawks - Learn to Play Hockey: Spring Session
We are excited to announce that we have recently become a Chicago Blackhawks Rink Partner! We will participate in their MinorHawks Learn to Play Program to cross promote the sport of Youth Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association!

Basic hockey skills are introduced, to boys and girls, with our 8 class program. Beginning students start in LTP 1 and must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 hockey or to our House Leagues. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register for the Early Bird and save $10!

Learn to Play Hockey 1 classes are 45 minutes in length and Learn to Play 2 classes are 1 hour in length. Learn to Play 1 is for beginners and Learn to Play 2 is for advanced beginners.

See flyer for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.



Men's Wood Bat Summer Softball
Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Minimum of 4 teams and maximum of 8 teams for this age 18+ league. Games are played with wooden bats only at Lincoln Park on Mondays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm! Games begin on April 9 and run through June 25. Make sure you register by March 21st by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.



Men's and Co-Ed Summer Softball
These are recreational leagues designed for both men and women. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. All co-ed games are played on Wednesdays at Lincoln and Iles Parks. All Men's games are played on Thursdays at Iles and Hobbs Parks. Games are played from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Make sure you register by March 21 by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.



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