Park News

2019 Summer Movies in the Park Line-up is out!
We NEED Local Businesses to join our list of sponsors for the 2019 Movies in the Park series this summer! We are opting out of our music concerts for 2019 so that we can support Downtown Springfield Inc. & promote their summer concerts in downtown Springfield.

DON'T MISS this chance to have your business on 36,000 copies of our Summer Activity Guide, on our Website, Social Media & the chance to join us to promote your business at each of these events. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor? Email: lsaputo@springfieldparks.org


Special Recreation Cooking Class

Due to a scheduling conflict, Special Recreation’s Cooking Class will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Erin’s Pavilion from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Class pricing will remain the same at $8/Resident and $10/Non-Resident.

For more information, please call 217-503-4576.



Mens and Co-Ed Summer Softball

Men’s Summer Softball

This league is a recreational league for men. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Games are played at Iles and Hobbs Parks. Games are played from 6:00 - 10:00pm on Thursdays from 4/11/2019 - 6/27/2019. Must be 18+. Fees per team are as follows: $400 Resident Team, $450 Non-resident Team. Registration deadline is March 21st. 

Co-Ed Summer Softball

This league is a recreational league designed for both men and women. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Games are played at Lincoln and Iles Parks. Games are played from 6:00 - 10:00pm on Wednesdays from 4/10/2019 - 6/26/2019. Must be 18+. Fees per team are as follows: $400 Resident Team, $450 Non-resident Team. Registration deadline is March 21st.


Botanical Garden Membership

BOTANICAL GARDEN MEMBERSHIPS

Membership Benefits:

The Washington Park Botanical Garden News

Reduced rates for workshops

Advance notice of classes and events

Invitations to “Members Only” giveaways

In-house use of the Garden’s library collections

Discounts for other botanical gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide

Feel the satisfaction of helping our garden grow

Membership Rates:

Individual: $12 per year

Family: $17 per year

Benefactor: $30+ per year



Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Concerts and Special Events
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Concerts and Special Events


Weekly Concert Schedule

May - September
Wednesday: 6:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm (June - August)
Friday: 6:30 pm (June - August)
Saturday: 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

October - April
Wednesday: 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm


Special Events
International Carillon Festival
June 2 - June 7, 2019

Citywide Hymnfest
September 29, 2019

217-546-3853
www.carillon-rees.org



Jr. Golf Camp and Golf Student Mega Passes

Jr. Golf Camps

The Springfield Park District offers 3 Junior Golf Camps (two in June and one in July) that consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets of the game of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping, and full swing instruction. Kids will also have an opportunity to play in a scramble format (amount of time on the course varies by age). Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Mon-Wed @ Lincoln Greens, Thurs @ Bergen GC).

Registration Begins: Monday, April 29, 2019.

Registration forms can be downloaded from:

http://www.springfieldparkdistrictgolf.org/registration-forms.html

Student Mega Passes

Available to use at all 4 golf courses

Students must be 6-25 years of age and present a valid school ID at the time of purchase. An additional surcharge of $1 per nine holes is required. 

$330 per resident

$400 per non-resident

 


Summer Camps
Find your FUN at one of Springfield Park District's Summer Camps! Below is information about two different summer camp options.


Special Needs Summer Day Camp
This camp is for individuals with or without disabilities. The camp runs from June 3rd - August 9th, Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 5:30pm. Ages 5-12 will be located at the Nelson Center. Ages 13-25 will be located at Erin's Pavilion. Some activities to look forward to are: arts and crafts, daily walks, swimming, guest speakers, field trips, games, bowling, playground activities, themed weeks and more! For more information about Special Needs Summer Day Camp, please contact: 217-503-4576 or lharbison@springfieldparks.org.

The Nelson Center Summer Camp
At this unique camp, you get more than what you pay for! For example, we offer both swimming lessons and ice skating - what other summer camps do that? This camp runs from June 3rd - August 9th, with no camp on July 4th. Camp is Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 5:30pm. Ages 5-12. Some activities to look forward to are: swimming lessons, ice skating, science projects, field trips, nerf wars, floor hockey, disc golf, arts and crafts, themed weeks, nature programs and more! For more information about this camp, please contact: 217-753-2800 or mstrieker@springfieldparks.org.



Winter Golf Training Program
FIX YOUR BODY: FIX YOUR SWING

The off season and winter is the perfect time to work on the physical limitations that can lead to inconsistencies in the golf swing. This 4 week program is designed to improve mobility, flexibility and stability and includes the Level 1 TPI Fitness Screen.
Because the golf swing happens so quickly, you need to optimize your body for the swing to create a consistent and powerful swing. You will discover and develop your body for golf by isolating motion-parts of the golf swing and putting them to the purposeful work of improving your swing. Through awareness, specific movement drills and repetition, you will learn to engage the right muscles in the correct sequence to improve efficiency in the backswing and downswing.
This introductory course will provide you with information for optimizing your body for golf. And, that means more mobility, rotational strength, clubhead speed distance and accuracy for any golfer at any level.
Get your swing and your body prepped for spring.
Call 217-786-4111 for more information or to sign up.
www.springfieldparkdistrictgolf.org


Try Hockey for Free!
Join the FUN on the ice at the Nelson Center! Try Hockey for Free on Saturday, February 23, 2019 from 1:00pm-2:00pm. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. Try Hockey for FREE provides youth, between the ages of 3 to 12 years old, an understanding of hockey on the ice. We will have coaches on the ice to assist your child. Previous skating or hockey experience is not needed.

Register online at www.tryhockeyforfree.com

For more information, please call: 217-753-2800 ext. 2003.


Give the Gift of Experiences
Give the Gift of Experiences this Holiday Season! 


Winter Swim Lessons: Session III

The Springfield Park District will be opening registration for its Eisenhower Pool Session III, 2019 Winter Swim Lessons Monday, February 18th, 8:00 am at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Lessons offered are: Parent/Tot ($44 Res/$49 NR); Group ($46 Res/$51 NR); Semi-Private ($65 Res/$75 NR) and Private ($86 Res/$106 NR).For additional information, please contact Dianna Rodgers by email atdrodgers@springfieldparks.org or by phone at 525-8847. 



Learn to Skate Academy
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 ($62/resident and $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!



Public Skate
Come out to the Nelson Center and skate! Check out the December calendar to see available dates and times. Call 217-753-2800 to check availability.



Special Recreation: Special Olympics Soccer Team and Soccer Skills

Soccer Team - Special Olympics 

The world’s most popular sport. Soccer is great exercise, running up and down the field scoring a goal! The team will also work on kicking, dribbling, and shooting. Join our special olympics soccer team. Must have a concept of offense and defense to be part of the team. 

Location: Lincoln Park Soccer Field (next to Nelson Center pool) 

Ages 8+. Saturdays from 9:00am - 10:30am between 02/09/2019 - 06/09/2019. $20 Resident Fee, $25 Non-Resident Fee.

Soccer Skills - Special Olympics 

Special Olympics soccer skills consists of shooting the ball into a goal, dribbling up and down and fast shooting into smaller goals. 

Location: Lincoln Park Soccer Field (next to Nelson Center pool) 

Ages 8+. Saturdays from 10:30am - 11:30am between 02/09/2019 - 06/09/2019. $20 Resident Fee, $25 Non-Resident Fee.


January 2019 Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Use the blank one to add in all the FUN activities and events you'd like to attend with the Springfield Park District this month. Or print off one that has activities and events filled in for you! Click the images below for a printer-friendly versions.






2019 Winter/Spring Activity and Facility Guide
Our Winter/Spring Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy on Illinois Times stands around Springfield starting January 17, 2019. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District! Click the image below to download a pdf to your computer. Please contact us if you would like a bundle for your local business.




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
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.



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.



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.



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.



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 www.jrblues.com for more information or to buy tickets. Download the Jr. Blues App (iPhone/Android) for more info!



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. Practices begin on December 2, 2018 and run until June 14, 2019 at Eisenhower Pool on Sundays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.



Minorhawks Learn to Play Hockey
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 12/16/18) USA Hockey Registration is $45 (price may vary) and equipment rental is $125 ($100 refundable). Call 217-753-2800 to sign up. Go to www.usahockeyregistration.com to sign up for a USA Hockey Registration.