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Springfield Park District Response to COVID-19

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In observation of Governor Pritzker’s Stay At Home Order issued on March 20 for all Illinois Residents and our continued efforts to protect the health and safety of our patrons and staff while monitoring the recent COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak, the Springfield Park District is closing its golf courses, dog parks, public playgrounds, park restrooms and port-a-potties on District property until further notice.


Open green space, parks and trails continue to remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to enjoy some fresh air, walking, hiking, running, and some overall wellness, provided visitors comply with all Federal, State, local and CDC guidelines including but not limited to practicing social distancing and do not gather in groups of any number of people. Do not use parks or trails if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.


We continue to urge everyone to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at, Illinois Department of Public Health and the Sangamon County Health Department.


Please visit for up to date information on the Springfield Park District.

The Springfield Park District is committed to protecting the health and safety of our staff and our community.  We would like to assure you that the Springfield Park District is working with  the City of Springfield and the Sangamon County Department of Public Health (SCDPH) and following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the monitoring and response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

In accordance with recent CDC and State of Illinois guidelines that have been released and supporting social distancing, respecting the health and well-being of everyone associated with the Park District, we will be taking the following precautions effective immediately - March 15, 2020  12pm CST:

•All group programming classes, activities and events hosted by the Springfield Park District are suspended until further notice. 
•All facility rentals will be at the discretion of the renter. If you are renting from the Springfield Park District, you can choose to maintain your rental, reschedule your rental within 6 months at no charge for another open date, or cancel and receive a credit on your account for another future rental.  All indoor events will be restricted to the 250 or below guest count and outdoor events will be limited to 500 or less.
•We will be addressing all requests for refunds and credits due to our cancellation or postponement per program.
•In order to help limit the spread of the virus, the Springfield Park District has implemented an accelerated cleaning regimen at all facilities

Rest assured; we will be continually monitoring the news as information develops daily for updated procedures that may need to be taken.

For your personal safety and the safety of others, we ask that you refrain from visiting park areas and facilities if you and/or your immediate family are not feeling well or have travelled to an area that has had positive findings of COVID-19.

We urge you to keep abreast of the latest public health information via the CDC website at   Please visit for updated information or call the facility in which your program class, activity or event was to be hosted.  Our Website Seasonal Activity & Facility Guide will have a full list of facility contacts and phone numbers.

Winter/Spring Programming
Slides of Park District information, activities, events, etc. for Winter/Spring 2020, with a focus on March - April 2020. Click on the area of interest to view a pdf of the slides.

Give the Gift of FUN This Season!

Trying to figure out the perfect birthday or holiday gift?! 

Why not give the gift of experience and purchase a Springfield Park District gift certificate! The FUN is endless… the gift certificate can be used toward a loved one’s season pass, hockey program, zoo class, swimming lessons and so much more!

Give the gift of FUN this season and purchase a certificate by calling or stopping by your nearest Park District facility.

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!

2020 Spring Activity and Facility Guide
Our 2020 Spring 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 Spring of 2020! 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:

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