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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!  Find them on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/Park-N-Chill


This Sunday's FREE Music in the Park 7-23-17
You are not going to want to miss this Sunday's FREE Music in the Park!  Plan to be at Iles Park this Sunday for our Music Concert starting at 4pm.  Stingray Alley will be taking us back to the great sounds of the 60's!  Grab your lawn chairs and plan to get dinner with the HyVee Food Truck.  They will be serving up delicious bites while you enjoy the music of Stingray Alley.  We'll see you there!  Tell all your friends to meet you at Iles Park...


Movie & Music in the Park
Movies and Music in the Park is back for the summer! See the flyer below for all the event dates, times and locations.


Summer Love Sock Hop with Sounds from the 60's
Join us for "Summer Love Sock Hop with Sounds from the 60's" on Sunday, July 23 from 4:00-7:00pm at Iles Park. This concert will feature local band Stingray Alley. Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. You can also bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol allowed). Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



"Sing"
Join us for "Sing" on Friday, August 4 at the Henson Robinson Zoo. The zoo will open at 6:30pm and the movie will begin at Dusk (roughly 8:00pm). Bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets. HyVee will have concessions available for purchase. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Pool Passes on Sale
Splash into Summer Fun! Our outdoor pool passes are on sale now. We have individual, senior and family passes for Nelson Center Pool and Veterans Memorial Pool. There is also a Hopper Pass which will give you access to BOTH pools all summer long! Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to purchase your pool passes. See the flyer below for details.


FREE Days at the Zoo!
Mark your calendars.... You will want to take advantage of our NEW Free Day Schedule at the Henson Robinson Zoo.

Each year we offer free days at our zoo. They have traditionally surrounded events that happen a couple of times each year. But this year we have an exciting NEW Free Day Program! Plan your next outing and take advantage of one of these free days to visit the Zoo.

Third Thursday Free Days
Every third Thursday from June to September will be a free day.


FREE Saturdays!
Plan a Free Saturday at the Zoo on one of these dates listed below.
Saturday, May 27
Saturday, July 22
Saturday, August 26

Henson Robinson Zoo Day
Friday, June 16

For more information contact the Zoo at 217-585-1821.


Springfield Women's City Golf Tournament
This is a two-day amateur golf tournament. Call 217-786-4111 for more information. Download the registration form here. The tournament will run from July 22-23 and begins at 8:30am both days. Day one is at Bunn Golf Course and day two will be at Lincoln Greens Golf Course.



Springfield Men's City Tournament
Men, it's time to tee up for the Men's City Tournament with the Springfield Park District! There will be four days of play starting on Saturday, July 29 and running until Sunday, August 6. The tournament will be spread out on four different courses: Bunn, Lincoln greens, The Rail and Panther Creek. Make sure you register by 7:00pm on July 25 in order to participate (forms are here). Call 217-522-2633 for more information.



Saturday Evening Specials
The Carillon will be continuing the FREE Saturday Evening Specials Concerts for this summer. Listen to special concerts played on the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon bells at 2:00pm and 6:30pm on specific concert dates below. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Concert Dates



Sangamon Valley Iris Society Plant Sale
Purchase beautiful iris varieties from the collections of the Society members. The sale will be on July 29 from 1:00-4:00pm at the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



GO!217 Workout in the Park
We want to help you get fit and keep the community moving! Join us on Thursday, August 3, for our FREE Workout in the Park. The workout will start at 6:00pm. Bring a friend, yoga mat (optional), and water. Check out the GO!217 Facebook Page for more information.



Special Recreation Free August Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie on Friday, August 4 from 7:00-9:00pm at Erin's Pavilion. This dance is free for individuals of all ages and abilities. Come dance and hang out with friends! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Central Illinois Daylily Society Sale
Join us on Saturday, August 5 from 12:00-3:00pm at Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall for the Daylily Society Sale. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Region 9 American Iris Society Plant Sale
Purchase beautiful iris varieties from the collections of the Society members on Saturday, August 12 from 9:00am to 12:00pm at the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.



Parent/Child Golf Tournament
This is an alternate shot golf tournament. Tee times begin between 10:00am-2:00pm at Pasfield Golf Course on August 13. Call 217-698-6049 for more information. Download the registration form here when it becomes available.



Washington Park Historic Photography Display
Come view photographs of Washington park dating back to its creation in 1902. The exhibit chronicles the changes that have taken place in the park over the years. The exhibit opens on August 19 and runs until September 3 on Monday though Friday from 12:00-4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00-5:00pm. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.



Illinois State Fair with Special Recreation
The Illinois State Fair is the best time of the year! Rides, food, games and farm animals. Join Special Recreation on Sunday, August 20 from 8:30am to 12:00pm at the Illinois State Fair. Drop off and pick up at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



July Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge!



Summer Program Guide
Our NEW Summer Program and Facility Guide is here! Make sure you check out our locations to pick up your copy or at any Illinois Times Stand. You can also click the image below and download our free guide right 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.


BMX

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. Call Debbie at 217-546-3970 for more information.


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.


Ballroom Dance Classes
Ballroom Dance class offerings and logistics may change. Always check for current information at www.RonAndPaulaDance.com or call Ron & Paula at 217-553-0446. These classes will run from April 19 until October 4 at the Nelson Center from 6:00-9:30pm on Wednesday nights. Learn Ballroom, Salsa, East Coast Swing, Cha Cha/Mambo, Waltz, and West Coast Swing. To sign up call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 or 217-553-0446.


Spring and Fall DekHockey Leagues
Dekhockey - a NEW sport outside the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park! Springfield DekHockey is a sport for youth and adults that is literally hockey without skates. The outdoor Dekhockey rink was built right next to the Nelson Center. It will be under lights with a scoreboard and a proshop. Jr and Adult Spring and Fall Leagues registration is open! Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 217-741-1164 & 563-949-6492 to get signed up or for more information. You can also register individually or as a team online at springfielddekhockey.com or email at springfielddekhockey@gmail.com. Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.


Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours & Educational Programs
Bring your group for a tour of the garden today! Please call ahead to schedule a time. Tours are available Mondays-Fridays between 9:00am and 3:00pm from April through September. These tours are free and are available for any age group. Call 217-546-4116 to schedule a tour.


Junior Golf Camps
The Springfield Park District Junior Golf Camps consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets 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.

REGISTRATION:
Pasfield Gold Course
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am
$90/per camp per child (limit one camp per child)

The first three days of camp will be at Lincoln Greens Golf Course and the last day will be at Bergen Golf Course:
CAMP #1: June 5-8 - FULL
CAMP #2: June 19-22 from 9am - 12pm each day - FULL
CAMP #3: July 24-27 from 9am - 12pm each day

Call 217-698-6049 for more information or go to the Camp Registration Page for more information.


Developmental Rat Hockey
This drop-in hockey program is designed for parents and their children to enjoy the ice together while developing hockey skills. The program runs from April 29 through August 30 on Saturdays from 5:15-6:15pm and Sundays from 4:15-5:15pm at the Nelson Center. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.


Private Tennis Lessons
These lessons are for all ages and are for people looking for one-on-one tennis instruction. Private Tennis Lessons are available throughout the season based on your availability. Please call the tennis pro shop at 217-546-4103 to schedule a private lesson.


Women's Tennis Drills
Through repetition the student will improve 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. To schedule a day and time call Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103.


Stick-N-Puck
These pick-up style hockey games are organized by the participants. Games run on specific weekdays from May 1 through September 8 at the Nelson Center. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.


Bike and Hike Days
Each season from May through September on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4-6pm (modified loop) and on Sundays from 8am-3pm take part in Washington Park Bike & Hike Days. Check out the loop maps. You can now enjoy time during the week! Bike and Hike days are where we give park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic.


Carillon and Tower Tours
Go on a tour of the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon and its tower. Make sure you call ahead to schedule a day and time for your tour at 217-546-3853. Tours will be available from May 3 through September 27 on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.


Pickleball for Beginners
Pickleball is every Wednesday at 5:30pm at Iles Park until October 1! Come learn the basics of Pickleball from members of the Springfield Pickleball Association. We provide the paddles and balls, all you have to do is show up in athletic wear and have fun!




Bingo Night
Join us on Wednesdays for FREE Bingo! We play Bingo, cover all and four corners. Bingo Night will run from May 3 through August 30 from 5:30-6:30pm at Erin's Pavilion in Southwind Park. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.


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. Free concerts in the summer are played on Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 & 6:30pm and on Wednesdays at 6:30pm. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.


Summer Adult Learn to Play Hockey
Drop in for our Summer Adult Learn to Play Hockey program! This is for beginners to learn the basics of hockey. The program runs from May 3 through August 30 on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.


Diving Lessons
This program provides the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Lessons are available to all levels of participants; from Beginner to Competitive (participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program). Sessions run monthly from May 2 - August 13. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.


Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking in this Thursday night class at Erin's Pavilion! This class will teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use s-mall kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information.


Fencing
Fencing classes will take place on Sunday afternoons at the Nelson Center. Intermediate classes run from 1:00-2:00pm and beginner classes run from 2:15-3:15pm. These classes are for ages 8 and up. See the flyer below for more information or call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.


Zooper Edventures Classes
Hop on over to the zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems. Kids ages 5-6 will have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the zoo and observe some beastly behavior! Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.


Master's Swim Practice
Have advanced swimming skills and want to practice with others? Join us on Sundays at Nelson Center Pool from 8-9:30am from May 28 through September 3. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.


Zoo Camp
Does your child love learning about animals? Then join the flock for an adventure at the Henson Robinson Zoo! Games, crafts, zoo hikes and other fun learning activities help us to explore the animal world on zoo grounds and our air-conditioned classroom. Classes available ate full-day or half-day and are for ages 7-9 or 10-12. Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.


Slders Baseball Games with Special Recreation
Summer time and baseball games go together so come on out and cheer on the Springfield Sliders Baseball team! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to reserve your spot (you must call at least one week in advance).


Springfield Sliders Home Schedule
Cheer on the Springfield Sliders this summer. Check out their home schedule below and mark your calendars. All games are played at Robin Roberts Stadium at 1415 N. Grand Ave. East, Springfield, IL 62702. Call 217-679-3551 for more information or go to their website.


Summer Skate School
Summer Skate School is offered throughout the summer for figure skaters at the Nelson Center. Skaters will be able to schedule private lessons with instructors. There will also be spins, jumps and stroking classes held during designated times. A schedule will be distributed closer to summer. Skate School will begin on Monday, June 5 and run until Friday, August 11. See the flyer for more information or call 217-753-2800.


Nelson Center Summer Camp
How many summer camps have you heard of that teach your children how to swim and ice skate?! At the Nelson Center's summer camp, we do just that! Starting on June 5 and running until August 11 from Mondays through Fridays. From 7:00am until 5:30pm your child will be enjoying arts & crafts, field trips, ice skating, swimming, sports, games, nature and so much more! You will not hear "I am so bored" at all with our summer camp. Also, if you sign up between now and May 15 we will give you $10 off each week registered! Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.


Special Needs Summer Day Camp
Join Special Recreation for Camp L.E.A.P. this summer! Camp begins on Monday, June 5 and runs until Friday, August 18. Camp is Monday through Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm at Nelson Center for ages 4 to 12 and Erin's Pavilion for ages 13 to 25. This camp is for individuals with and without disabilities. There will be scheduled activities for each day. Make sure your child packs a lunch with a drink each day (we will provide an afternoon snack). Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.


FootGolf
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.



Summer Swim Lessons

Summer is here and the outdoor pools are ready for swim lessons! Sign yourself or your child up for summer swim lessons. Lessons are available at all three of our pools: Nelson Center, Eisenhower and Veterans Memorial. Call 217-753-2800 for Nelson Center lessons, 217-525-8847 for Eisenhower Pool lessons and 217-753-3030 for Veterans Memorial Pool lessons.



Special Recreation at the Muni

Local outdoor theater at its finest. Join us for all the fun plays happening this summer at the Muni Theater. We will meet at the Muni. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up. See the flyer below for shows and details.



Pizza & Splash Pad
Join us for a pizza lunch and then we will go out to the splash pad at Southwind Park for some fun in the sun. You must be at least  7-years-old. Please provide a swimsuit, sunscreen and a towel. We will be enjoying this fun and NEW program on Saturday, July 15 and Saturday August 12 from 10:30am-12:00pm both days. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Learn to Skate Academy
The Learn to Skate Academy is a comprehensive program designed to teach children how to ice skate. Beginners will start at Basic 1 or Snowplow 1. Participants will be required to demonstrate learned skills before they can move up to more advanced levels. Professional instructors will teach the US Figure Skating curriculum. Classes are small and conductive to learning. Participants receive progress reports and earn achievement badges. Classes will begin on July 22 and run until August 26. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.



Special Olympics: Bocce
This is a great one-on-one event or a doubles effort. Join Springfieldpark Specialrec on Mondays from 5:30-6:30pm starting on July 24 and running until October 7 at Southwind Park. Learn the game of Bocce, where throwing a little white ball, and then trying to get as close to it as possible with a larger ball while standing 60 feet away, can be as exciting as any sport offered.



Special Olympics: Flag Football
Flag football is a fun and active game with a great amount of exercise and running. Learn the basics and rules of flag football. Practices are on Tuesdays starting on August 1 and running through September 24 at Lincoln Park. This is for ages 8 and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.



Men's Fall Softball
This is a recreational league for men. Each team plays six games plus a single elimination tournament. Awards are given for both regular season and tournament play. Games begin on September 7 and run through October 12 on Thursdays between 6:00pm and 10:00pm at Iles Park. Registration deadline is August 8. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to sign up or for more information.



MinorHawks Learn to Play Hockey
For this program, basic hockey skills are introduced, to boys and girls, with our eight-class program. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 Hockey or to our House Leagues.

Classes begin on August 16 and run until October 4. Learn to Play 1 is from 5:45-6:30pm and Learn to Play 2 is from 6:30-7:30pm.

Learn to Play Hockey 1 classes are 45 minutes in length and Learn to Play Hockey 2 classes are one hour in length. Learn to Play 1 is for beginners and Learn to Play 2 is for advanced beginners and a feeder program into our Lower/Upper House Leagues and Travel Team. Fill out our Registration Form to sign up and get more information at www.springfieldkings.org or call 217-753-2800.



Co-Ed Fall Softball
This is a recreational league for both men and women. Games begin on September 6 at Lincoln Park. Games are played on Wednesdays between 6:00pm and 10:00pm. Each team plays six games plus a single elimination tournament. Awards are given for both regular season and tournament play. Registration deadline is August 19. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to register or for more information.



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.



Henson Robinson Zoo Penguin Holding Building
Please see the following Bid Notice and Specifications for the Henson Robinson Zoo Penguin Holding Building Project.  The owner will receive sealed bids until 2pm Central Time on Monday, May 15, 2017.  Bids are to be delivered to the Board Room of the Springfield Park District Offices at Bunn Park.


Academy Bullets Swim Club
The Academy Bullets Swim Club is looking for swimmers of all abilities ages 5-18 to join their team. They promote development of strong and well-rounded athletes. Each swimmer will learn the four competitive swimming strokes plus racing turns and starts. "Every Swimmer, Every Day!"

Practices run nightly Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings at Eisenhower pool. For tryout information contact Jeff Skeels at j.skeels@academybullets.com.


mySidewalk
We have a new online forum called mySidewalk that community members can log onto and weigh in on crucial issues facing the Park District and share your feedback and what you would like to see for the future of recreation and parks in Springfield. Just follow the instructions below and go to mysidewalk.com/sidewalks/discover We Want Your Feedback!



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Springfield Women’s City Golf Tournament
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