Park News

Park Closures
Our 2018 Park Season is coming to a close. We will be winterizing water access and closing restrooms in a variety of parks starting the last week of this month. Please see the list of the following parks who have these amenities and restrooms that will close for the 2018 Park Season. Thanks for your support.

Park and Chill
Park and Chill at the Washington Park Concession Stand is NOW OPEN! They are serving handmade Italian ice, ice cream sundaes, and other frozen treats. Hours are from Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Riverside Stables Haunted Hay Rides & Zombie Paintball
Plan to get out to Riverside Park this October for the Annual Haunted Hay Rides and Zombie Paintball experience with Riverside Stables.  Gates open at 6pm each Friday and Saturday night.  Rides begin at 7pm.  Cash only please.  There will be concessions!  Go to their Website to learn more: 

Night Golf
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6th, NIGHT GOLF IS BACK! This fun round of golf will definitely test your depth perception and leave you wanting more! The Two-Person Alternate Shot format is always a great time! Additionally, by playing alternate shot, we can have four teams per hole. Get your friends lined up and register today! Don't delay as we only have room for 36 two-person teams! Shotgun Start at 7:00p.m. so make sure you arrive at 6:30p.m. at Pasfield Golf Course (1700 W. Lawrence). Rain Date - October 20. Call 217-698-6049 for more information and fill out the registration form here.

Candlelight Tour
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Learn about life in 19th century Illinois. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Federal Holiday Camp: Columbus Day
This day camp is offer on most Federal Holidays. Sign up by calling 217-503-4576. Columbus Day Camp will be on Monday, October 8 from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Nelson Center.

Special Recreation at Rockin Nite Maze
Navigate the corn maze under the stars with only glowsticks, flashlights, and rockin 80’s music on Friday, October 12 at 5:00pm. Bring a flashlight and dress for the cool evening. We will meet at the Nelson Center and then head over to Bomke's Patch. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Going Batty over Halloween
In this one day class, we will do fun fall activities: going on a pumpkin hunt and make a fall craft and make a yummy mummy treat. There is a limit of 12. Child-only class (ages 3-5), parents drop off child. Call the director at 217-546-3970 to sign up for this class. Payment is due day of class.

Carve for the Carillon
Bring your family and join the Springfield Park District to carve thousands of pumpkins to be displayed at the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. We will supply the pumpkins and some carving tools. Please bring any special carving tools you may require. Carve as many pumpkins as you wish. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation visits The St. Louis City Museum
Have a fun-filled day of play. Climb, slide and play around this interactive museum. Lunch will be provided. meet at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Special Recreation at Carter Brothers Haunted Hayride
Be prepared for a night of fun and scares when we ride the haunted hayride! Rain Date: October 20th. For ages 12 and up. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular
Enjoy the splendor of more than 2,000 illuminated jack-o-lanterns surrounding the Rees Carillon and Botanical Garden on October 19th & 20th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night. Avoid traffic congestion at Washington Park and take the FREE shuttle! Volunteers and Sponsors contact Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Carillon Tours
On October 19 & 20, during the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, tours will be performed. See the lighted pumpkins from the top of the tower. Reduced tour rates apply.

Camping Trip #2
Enjoy a night under the stars out at Lake Sangchris with the Springfield Park District! Learn camping fundamentals with this overnight trip. Meet at Erin's Pavilion on October 19 at noon and we will arrive back at Erin's Pavilion on October 20 at 11:00am. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

The Great Pumpkin Grab
Return to the Garden 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 JOLS will be available to take home too. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Movie Tuesday: "Marvel: Venom"
Join us on selected Tuesdays to go out to the movies! Fees for this program include the price of the movie (Marvel: Venom - Rated R), popcorn, and a drink. Drop off and pick up will be determined closer to the movie date (October 23). Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Special Recreation at The Disney Junior Dance Party
Sing along to Disney Junior's greatest hits with your favorite characters. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Zoolie Ghoulie
Safe trick-or-treating inside the Henson Robinson Zoo. Trick-or-treating on October 26 from 4:00pm to 8:00pm and October 27 & 28 from 1:00pm to 5:00pm. Costume contest Friday at 6:00pm, Saturday & Sunday at 4:00pm. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation Monster MASH Halloween Dance
Join us for the biggest dance of the year! Camp dressed up in your Halloween costume and dance the night away with friends to a live D.J. Enjoy refreshments and treat bags! The dance will be held on Friday, October 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-503-4576 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation at Fall Festival
Period clothed interpreters will demonstrate daily tasks throughout the historic village of New Salem. Lunch will be provided. Meet in the lobby at the Nelson Center. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Trick or Treat Street
Bring your kids out for a FREE and SAFE Trick-or-Treating event sponsored by Mid-West Family Broadcasting! Join us in Southwind Park on October 28th from 1:00pm to 4:00pm with your kids (ages 12 and under).


Special Recreation Free Dance
Join us on Friday, November 2 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Erin's Pavilion for our monthly FREE dance. This dance is for anyone ages seven and up. Put on your dancing shoes and semi-formal dress attire and get ready to boogie! Call 217-503-4576 for more information. 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 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:

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 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

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

Have fun and take part in this new, competitive, recreational, exciting, and fast paced sport! Dekhockey is a form of off-ice hockey played on foot, using a ball, in a rink with a sport court surface. Making it an accessible sport since it requires no skill to ice skate. Dekhockey is a non-contact sport, allowing talent and coordination to become dominant factors. Running, stick handling, passing, and shooting are the basics needed for this fast and exciting game. A sport in which the whole family can participate!

We have leagues that run from April-October. To register online individually or as a team go to or email for a registration form. If you have any questions please call 217-741-1164. Follow Springfield DekHockey on Facebook.

Private Golf Lessons
Private golf lessons with one of the four Springfield Park District PGA Professionals are available from April 1 through November 1 by appointment for all ages. Please contact one of our PGA/LPGA Golf Professionals for more information:

  • Paul Loutzenhiser, PGA Professional - Bunn G.C. 217-522-2633
  • Jim Sutzer, PGA Professional - Lincoln Greens G.C. 217-786-4111
  • Linda Sherwood, LPGA Apprentice - Bergen G.C. 217-753-6211
  • Lance Flury, PGA Professional – Pasfield G.C. 217-698-6049

Disc Golf
Disc golf is available for free and for all ages at Lincoln and Douglas Parks. Lincoln Park has two 18-hole courses and Douglas Park has one 18-hole course. The courses are both open from Dawn until Dusk.

Centennial Skate Park
This skate park was designed by local skating enthusiasts. It features an array of trick-orientated objects like advanced bowls, handrails, trick boxes, vert ramps and banked ramps. Open to all ages, both skaters and spectators will enjoy this park. Park is open from Dawn until Dusk.

Multi-Use Trails
The Springfield Park District has five multi-use trails available to the public. Trails are open from Dawn until Dusk and are a great way to get outside and exercise. Many trails are shaded so you don't have to worry about the sun beating down on you on hot summer days.

Dog Runs
The Springfield Park District offers two free dog runs for the public. These are the only areas within the Springfield Park District facilities where you are allowed to take your furry friend off-leash. In Stuart Park, there are two designated fenced-in areas (one for big dogs and one for little dogs) where your dog will be able to run around off leash. In Riverside Park, there is a lower section of the park that is not fenced in where your dog is allowed to run off-leash. These dog runs are open from Dawn until Dusk.

Bike and Hike Days
Each season from May through September plan to take part in Washington Park Bike & Hike Days! You can now enjoy time during the week. We give park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm enjoy our modified loop and Sundays enjoy our full loop from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Carillon Tower Tours
The Rees Carillon is a 12-story tower with observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city’s highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7.5 tons! Enjoy an insider view of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. Allow 30 minutes. Tours cannot be purchased in advance. Tours are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Large groups please contact us in advance. Last tour at 5:30 PM. Call 217-546-3853 for more information or to schedule a tour.

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 until the first snowfall based on your availability. Call the pro shop to schedule a private lesson at 217-546-4103.

After School Recreation-PowerPlay! Beyond School
Our After School program focuses on fitness, nutrition, and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities as well as time to do homework. NEW EXTENDED HOURS OPEN UNTIL 6PM. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up. Chatham School District students will be located at Erin's Pavilion and District 186 Student will be located at the Nelson Center.

Manny's Drills
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. Ends at first snow.

Ballroom Dance Classes
Learn how to ballroom dance with Ron and Paula at the Nelson Center on Wednesday nights. Call 217-553-0446 for more information or to sign up.

Zooper Edventures
Take a walk on the wild side and have a Zooper Edventure! These classes are filled with 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 sign up.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tots classes are a chance for you and your preschooler (ages 2-5) to share a special, fun, and educational experience at the Henson Robinson 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. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up. These classes fill up fast!!

Alley Catz Bowling
This is a year long bowling program that meets on Tuesdays at King Pin Lanes from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. Come each week or just one day! Available for ages 8 and up. Call 217-503-4576 for more information.

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 ages 6-21. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up. Click on the image below for easier reading.

Washington Park Preschool
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at Washington Park Pavilion with a curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards. The philosophy of the pre-school program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the fall at Eisenhower Pool. 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 on Wednesdays at 5:00pm and 7:00pm from September 5 through November 28. All you need is a tennis season pass! Call 217-546-4103 for more information.

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 September 5 through November 28. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! Some food will be prepared each week but not a full meal. This is a monthly program located at Erin's Pavilion on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. This program is offered for advanced swimmers. Participant must have an up-to-date year lap pass or purchase a day pass. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Garden today! Available from September 10 through December 18 for all age groups. Please call ahead to schedule a time, 217-546-4116.

Learn to Skate Academy
Our Learn to Skate Academy is a 6 class program. We teach a step by step progression of skills which develops the student’s techniques in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited! Registration deadline is seven days before the first class and if you register 10 days before the first class you will save $10. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

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. Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Swimming Lessons
Learn how to swim no matter what age. See the flyer below to see what class(es) you and/or your child fit into. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Springfield Jr. Blues Home Schedule
Come out to the Nelson Center this hockey season and cheer on your local Springfield Jr. Blues! Most home games are played on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (6:05pm) nights. Call 217-525-2589 or go to for more information or to buy tickets. Download the Jr. Blues App (iPhone/Android) for more info!

Special Recreation at Springfield Jr. Blues Games
Come on out and cheer on Springfield's Semi-Pro hockey team, the Springfield Jr. Blues, to victory and hang out with friends! Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Fall Carillon Concerts
Our 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 unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts are scheduled for Wednesdays at Noon and Sundays at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Go to for more information on the carillon or call 217-546-3853.

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. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

MinorHawks Learn to Play Fall Session 2
This is an 8 class program co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. We introduce basic hockey skills to boys and girls. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 Hockey or to our House/Travel teams. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/ Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register for the Early Bird and save $10! (Early Bird ends September 30, 2018). An additional Hockey Essentials program will be held on Thursday(s) for an additional charge, dates and times will be given out during the LTP Hockey program. USA Hockey Registration: $45 (price may vary) and Equipment Rental: $125 ($100 refundable). Call 217-753-2800 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 learn the skills or join our Special Olympics team. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

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. There is a class limit of 12; child-only class, parent drop off child. Call the Director at 217-546-3970 to sign up for this class. Payment will be due night of class.