Park News

Trout Fishing Season
Trout Season begins on Saturday, October 21st! Southwind Park and Washington Park ponds have been restocked for fishing by our partner, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. You must possess a valid Illinois Fishing License with a Trout Stamp.

Park -n- Chill at Washington Park!
NOW OPEN! Head over to Iron Springs at Washington Park and grab some Italian Ice from the NEW "Park -n- Chill" at the Stand in Washington Park.  Open Tuesday - Sunday 12pm - 9pm.  What a great way to spend the afternoon in the park with a sweet treat!  Like them on Facebook.

Zoolie Ghoulie
Join us at the Henson Robinson Zoo on October 20, 21 and 22 for Zoolie Ghoulie! There will be safe trick-or-treating from 4:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday and from 1:00pm to 5:00pm on Saturday & Sunday. Costume contests will be held on Friday at 6:00pm and Saturday & Sunday at 4:00pm. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
Come enjoy the sparkling splendor of 2,017 Jack-o-Lanterns surrounding the Carillon and Botanical Garden at Washington Park on October 20 and 21 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm both nights (rain or shine). Proceeds to benefit the Carillon. Food and vendors will be on site during the event! Save $1 if you buy your tickets in advance at the Carve for the Carillon event on October 14 & 15. For more information go to Call the Botanical Garden at 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Carillon Tours
On October 20 and 21, during the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular, tours will be preformed. See the lighted pumpkins from the top of the tower. Tours will be ongoing from 6:30pm to 9:00pm at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon in Washington Park.

The Great Pumpkin Grab
Return to the Garden on October 22 from 10:00am to 3:00pm after the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular and bring your costumed kiddies for a fun, child-friendly trick-or-treating experience with fun activities. Carved pumpkins from the JOLS will be available to take home too (pumpkin availability based on their condition and while supplies last). Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

Cooking Thru the Seasons
In this class, the children cook their way through the seasons. Participants will measure and mix their own yummy snack as we make our way through the seasons. We will also make a fun art project during each class. Call the director at 217-546-3970 to sign up for this class. Payment will be due on October 23, 2017 at 5:30pm. Class begins on October 23 and runs on Mondays from 5:30pm to 6:30pm until November 27.

Pink the Rink Game
The Springfield Pink the Rink Game will be held on Friday, October 27th at 7:05pm. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and in association with Real Men Making Strides of Springfield, IL and the American Cancer Society, Springfield will be showing their support for survivors as well as the family and friends who have lost a loved one as we raise awareness and funds for research in the fight against cancer. There will be a live jersey auction with proceeds going to Coach Rennette's fundraising campaign. Online donations can be made here. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.

Monster MASH Halloween Dance
Join us for the biggest dance of the year! The Monster MASH Halloween Dance has a ton of spooky Halloween fun for anyone ages seven and older! Come dressed in your Halloween costume and dance the night away with friends with a live D.J. Enjoy refreshments with treat bags! This dance is specifically designed for anyone with a disability but is free for everyone who wants to dress up in a costume and dance! Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information.

A Halloween Exhibition & Party
This event benefits UNICEF USA's hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. Join us on Saturday, October 28 from 2:00pm to 4:00pm at the Nelson Center. The Halloween Exhibition will begin at 2:00pm and public skate & party games will begin at 3:00pm. Tickets are only $5 and that includes skating & skate rental for those who attend the Exhibition, Halloween treats and great silent auction items. Tickets can be purchased in advance by emailing Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Trick-or-Treat Street
Mid-West Family Broadcasting (WMAY/WNNS/97.7 QLZ/US927) presents a FREE and SAFE trick or treating event for kids in Springfield! Trick-or-Treat Street is presented by Sylvan Learning in Springfield. Join us on Sunday, October 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. If your business or organization would like a booth at Trick Or Treat Street, call Kelly Standish at 217-629-7077 for details. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.

Free 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 ages and abilities! Come dance and hang out with friends on Friday, November 3 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Second Annual Pasfield/Bergen Two-Person Turkey Shootout
Join us for the Second Annual Pasfield/Beren Two-Person Turkey Shootout on November 4 & 5. Any two players may partner up as teammates. All teams will be flighted after Saturday's round. Tee times will begin at 10:00am. There will be a 9-Hole Scramble on Saturday at Bergen and a 9-Hole Alternative Shot on Sunday at Pasfield. Rain dates will be on November 11 & 12. Download the registration form here. Call 217-698-6049 for more information.

Try Hockey Free
The National Hockey League and USA Hockey have joined together to offer Try Hockey For Free Day on Saturday, November 4, 2017. The Nelson Center will be hosting the clinic for children between the ages of 4 and 9 years old in Rink 1 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm. For more information or to register visit

Holiday Camp: Veterans Day

School's out for Veterans Day so come to our Holiday Camp. This camp is for ages 5-22 on Friday, November 10 from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Nelson Center, Lincoln Park. Have your child enjoy crafts, games, sports, movies, and much more! This program os for individuals with disabilities but is open to everyone. Please pack a cold sack lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign your child up. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation visits the Shrines Circus
Come join us for the fun and antics of the Ansar Shrine Circus on Saturday, November 11 at 10:30am. We will meet at the Bank of Springfield Center and see amazing acts such as flying trapeze, clowns, animal tricks and much more! This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Make sure you call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least to weeks in advance in order to participate.

An American Ice Princess & Her Doll
Join the Springfield Figure Skating Club for a fall skating event and tea party on Sunday, November 19 from 11:45am to 1:45pm at Rink 2 in the Nelson Center. Your ticket will include skating & skate rental, a visit to the manicure station & doll hair station, tea, hot chocolate, elegant desserts, a chance to win the 2017 American Girl Doll of the Year, a goodie bag & a pair of ice skates for your doll (pre-registered ticket holders only). To pre-register email: By pre-registering, you will save $5 per ticket. Springfield Figure Skating Club Members will receive a discounted ticket price. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

October 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.

Fall Program and Facility Guide
Our Fall Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy from us at the Illinois State Fair in Conservation World. 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:

Alley Catz Bowling
This year-long bowling program for the developmentally disabled consists of six, 8-week sessions. Alley Catz Bowling League offers a great opportunity for socializing. All participants must register one week in advance in order to participate in a session or bring $2 each week to King Pin Lanes. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.


The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track and an all inclusive BMX program that provides recreational programs for both kids and adults. The track itself is nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course features a dirt track complete with jumps and turns. The BMX Club strives to provide high quality ABA (American Bicycle Association) program, in fact, riders from the Springfield BMX Club have been racing and dominating in the Illinois State Championship Series for years. Go to the Springfield BMX Club Facebook page or the Springfield BMX Club website for more information.

The BMX Track is open from March 1 through October 29. Practices are on Wednesdays (weather permitting) and cost $5. You are required to have helmets, closed toed shoes, long pants and long sleeves. Races on on Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm (Pre-Registration 1:00-2:00pm).

Public Hours:
  • Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 3:00-8:00pm
  • Saturdays from 12:00-5:00pm

Preschool in the Park
Enroll your child in our Preschool in the Park program at Washington Park for the 2017-2018 year! We have 3-5 year old mixed aged classes and you can pick 2, 3 and 5 day options. Classes run begin September 5, 2017 and run until May 18, 2018.

September 5, 2017 - May 17, 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays

September 6, 2017 - May 18, 2018
Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays

Call Debbie at 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign your child up. Check out Preschool in the Park's Facebook Page!

Private Golf Lessons
Private golf lessons with one of the four Springfield Park District PGA Professionals are available thoughout the spring, summer and fall by appointment. Please contact one of our PGA/LPGA Golf Professionals for more information.

DekHockey Registration
Dekhockey - a NEW sport outside the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park for family fun! With a league for everyone, it offers exciting activity with no hockey experience needed... no matter your sport background! DekHockey is a form of off ice hockey played 3 vs. 3 on a special sport court surface in tennis shoes on an outdoor rink. This sport offers a fun and lively atmosphere with leagues running from now until October. No experience is needed and all equipment is available on site! Players and teams keep up with their live stats and scoring online just like any other professional sport! Junior games are played on Sundays from 2:00-5:00pm and adult games are played on Sunday evenings. Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 563-949-6492 to get signed up or for more information. You can also register individually or as a team online at or email at Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.

FootGolf is now open at Bergen Golf Course! Come out and try this exciting NEW sport. FootGolf is a precision sport, in which players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. The game combines the two sports - Soccer & Golf; with emphasis on the rules and play of golf. This sport is great for the whole family. We also have FootGolf Birthday Party Packages available! Call 217-753-6211 for more information or to book a tee time.

Platform Tennis League
Students who are looking for a more competitive training program or just simply want one-on-one platform tennis instruction may want to consider private platform tennis lessons. Private platform tennis lessons are available from August 13 through November 11 (or the first snowfall) based on your ability. Call the pro shop to schedule a private lesson at 217-546-4103.

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.

Manny's Drills
This is open to all ages, sexes and levels. Through repetition the student will improve his or her skills for better enjoyment of the sport. At the end of the drill, the student will participate in games designed for the improvement of their game. This program runs from August 21 through November 9 (or the first snow) from 6:30-8:30pm on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to set up a drill time.

Zooper Edventures Classes
Take a walk on the wild-side and have a Zooper Adventure! Kids ages 5-6 or 7-9 will have a wild time in the classroom with fun theme-related games, crafts, a zoo discovery walk, and other fun learning activities! Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.

Hosted by the Springfield Park District and the Capitol Fencing Academy. Beginner fencing introduces the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. Intermediate fencing builds upon techniques learned in the Beginner Fencing class. All fencing gear is provided. Class meets once a week (Sundays) for four weeks. Beginner class is from 2:15-3:15pm and Intermediate class is from 1:00-2:00pm at the Nelson Center. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to sign up.

Special Recreation at the Hoogland Center for the Arts
The show must go on! Join us for some live, local theater and get to see some wonderful talent preform on stage as we visit the Hoogland Center of the Arts downtown. Pick up and drop off will be at the Hoogland Center for the Arts. Come see "The Wiz" on September 3 and "The Dual Piano Christmas Show" on December 17! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up. You must pre register at least 2 weeks in advance.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot Classes are a chance for you and your preschooler to share a special, fun, and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Advanced registration is required. For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday (if available) session. Classes begin on September 5 and run until November 30 at the Henson Robinson Zoo. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays fro 9:15-10:15am from September 6 through November 29. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Wednesday Doubles
Want to get together with a friend and play on a doubles league? We have the perfect night planned for pairs! Join us at the Velasco Tennis Center on Wednesday nights at 5:00pm and 7:00pm for Wednesday Doubles. All you have to do is purchase a season pass to participate. Call 217546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Bingo Night
Come join us for a night fun and FREE Bingo. We play cover all, four corners and regular Bingo. Bingo runs from September 6 through November 29 on Wednesday nights from 5:30-6:30pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. You must pre-register at least 2 weeks in advance.

Diving Lessons
This diving program will provide youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn, perfect and compete in the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Our instructors, Elisha Herr and 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 - Sessions run monthly from September 11 through December 3. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class will teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, and healthy eating. Some food will be prepared most weeks but not a full meal. Classes run on Thursdays from September 7 through November 30 (no class on November 23) and last four weeks per session. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. You must pre-register 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.

Pizza and a Movie
Lights, camera, action! Join us for a delicious pizza lunch and then we will travel to a local movie theater to see a new major motion picture. Fees for this program include the lunch and the movie. Time for pick up will be determined depending on how long the movie lasts. This program is for anyone with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. You must pre-register at least 2 weeks in advance.

Fall Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Gardens today! Please call ahead to schedule a date and time. Tours run from September 11 through December 19 from 9:00am to 3:00pm Mondays-Fridays. Tours are free and are available for any age group. Call 217-546-4116 for more information or to schedule a tour.

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 or download their app!

Swim Lessons
Sign up for swim lessons for you and/or your child at Eisenhower Pool. We have Parent/Tot, Group, Semi-Private and Private swim lessons available. Session 1 classes start on September 17 and Session 2 classes start on October 29. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Game Night with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast paced game with lots of action. Come on out and cheer on Springfield's semi-pro hockey team, the Jr. Blues, to victory and hang out with friends! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. You must sign up at least two weeks in advance from game date. Games will be played on Fridays from 6:30-9:15pm in the Nelson Center.

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. See the flyer below for classes and dates. Classes are for ages 10-12 and are on select Saturdays from 1:00 to 3:00pm. Call 217-585-1821 in advance to register your child.

Weekly Carillon Concerts
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District's carillonist, plays a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music year-round. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Fall concerts will be played from October 1 through December 31 on Sundays at 2:00pm & 4:00pm and Wednesdays at noon.

Fall Golf Rates
Fall Golf Rates will go into effect on October 2, 2017. Bunn and Lincoln Greens will be $24 for 18 holes riding and $16 for 18 holes walking. For all four golf courses (Bunn, Lincoln Greens, Bergen and Pasfield) it will be $14 for 9 holes riding and $8 for 9 holes walking. Rates are valid all day, seven days a week.

Special Olympics: Snowshoe
Love the winter months? Then snowshoe is the sport for you! This program will teach even a beginner the fundamentals of snowshoeing. No previous experience is needed! Learn how to race in snowshoes. You do not have to compete in Special Olympics to be in this program. Practices begin on Saturdays from 8:00-9:00am starting October 14 and running until January 6 at Erin's Pavilion. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Special Olympics: Basketball Team and Skills
One of America's favorite sports and a great way to get exercise. You can join our Special Olympics Basketball Team or Skills. Practices start on Saturday, October 14, 2017 and run until March 10, 2018. Practices are at the hdfkjlhfksdljfhdlxhlh from 12:00pm until 1:30pm. This program is for anyone with or without a disability and is eight years-old or older. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

The A and B Leagues are recreational leagues for men (ages 18 and up). Teams will play ten games plus a single elimination tournament. Awards will be given for both regular season and tournament play. The A League will play at Grant, Franklin, and Jefferson Middle Schools on Mondays & Thursdays from 8:00pm to 10:00pm from November 27, 2017 through March 19, 2018. The B League will play at Washington Middle School on Wednesdays & Thursdays from 7:00pm to 10:00pm from November 29, 207 through March 21, 2018. The registration deadline is November 13, 2017. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to register your team.

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