Park News

Fall Programming
Slides of Park District information, activities, events, etc. for Fall 2019,

with a focus on August - September 2019.

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You Are INVITED to host your Birthday Party with Us!

Make your child's birthday party a memorable one.  Parents relax and enjoy, while you host your party with us and we do the clean up!  Each Party listed includes their own unique amenities.  Pick the Birthday FUN that's right for you and your little ones...

Ice-skating Party Because it's Cooler at the Nelson Center!  Call 217-753-2800

Pizza & Games at Funshop, Nelson Center or maybe Erin's Pavilion? Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2301

Foot Golf at Bergen Golf Course.  Call 217-753-6211

Party Wild at the Henson Robinson Zoo.  Call 217-585-1811

Popsicle & Pool Party at the Nelson Center!  Call 217-753-2800

Click here to go to our Online Portal for more information: 

Click on the image below to see in full-screen. 


Park District Closures and Cancellations

Attention! The Park District has a NEW and improved Recreation Hotline Number! Plan to click on this link, the image below or CALL 217-203-6004 to hear the most up to date information on Facility Closures, Cancellations and weather updates pertaining to Special Events and Park District Programs. It's EAST and FAST!


Park-n-Chill at the Washington Park Concession Stand!

Serving handmade Italian Ice, Ice Cream Sundaes and other Frozen Treats! Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm - 8:00pm. 

*The concession stand is operated by Klyczek Park’N Chill Concessions.

2019 Summer Movies in the Park Line-up is out!

2019 Movies in the Park series is just around the corner! 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 on Thursday evenings starting May 30th!

Check out this year's great line-up of movies being shown out under the stars in your favorite parks! 

We have a fun new partnership with the Ansar Shriner's of Springfield - Ansar Legion of Honor will host concessions at all of our movies AND the Ansar Shriner Clowns will even be at our FIRST MOVIE on Friday, May 17th at Southwind Park! 

We would like to give a BIG shout out to all of our most generous sponsors for assisting in putting on this great event again for 2019.   
Save the date for May, June, July, August and September for FREE Family Fun all Summer long!

Animal Tours and Encounters at the Zoo!
Take a walk on the Wild Side, and join us for Animal Tours or Animal Encounters at the Henson Robinson Zoo! See the image below for more details. To schedule a tour, encounter or to learn more, please call: 217-585-1821 ext. 1706 or ext 1703.

Generations Tree & Memorial Bench Program
Springfield Parks Foundation - Generations Tree & Memorial Bench Program
Trees and benches are a gift of a lifetime!  Consider purchasing a special tree or memorial bench as a beautiful tribute for someone you wish to honor!

Click on the link to download a full PDF brochure.  CLICK HERE

Botanical Garden Membership


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


2019 Monthly Calendars
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 version.

August 2019

September 2019

2019 Special Events, Camps, Reminders, etc.
Here is a look at Special Events and Reminders for August and September 2019!

2019 Fall Activity and Facility Guide
Our 2019 Fall Activity and Facility Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy from one of our Park District facilities. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District for the Fall of 2019! Click the image below to view the online version.

Sustain Springfield Green Map

Urban Action Network has put together this awesome Sustain Springfield Green Map - locating community gardens, parks and recycling locations! 

Did you know? The Springfield Park District has a community garden (and many parks ??) for you to start living a more “green” lifestyle! 

Find out more information by visiting the following link:

Riverside Park Now Open
As of July 10, 2019, Riverside Park has been reopened. Please check back here or on the Springfield Park District social media accounts to stay updated.

Special Board Meeting This Thursday
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The Park District will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 18th at our Bunn Administrative Office regarding an OSLAD Grant Application for Iles Park. The public is welcome to attend.