Park News

2018 Movie & Music Series Schedule
It's that time of year again!  Find your fun, find your smile when you join the Springfield Park District all summer long at any one of our FREE Movie & Music events in the parks.  Check out the schedule below for full details!  And we want to give a SHOUT OUT to our most generous sponsors.  Without these organizations and local businesses, we would not be able to put on this summer series for the community for FREE!

Parents' Night Out: Lincoln Greens
Need an evening without the kids? Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives on Friday, April 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!

Enjoy the fun and excitement of Minute to Win It games. These are games or tasks that must be completed in a minute.

Orchid Info and Repotting Workshop
The Garden welcomes members of the Prairie State Orchid Society for a program on basic orchid care and repotting of orchids. Members will be on hand to repot your orchids and give advice on your orchid’s needs. Some of the members will have their personal orchids on display. Join us on Saturday, April 21 from 9:00am to 12:00pm (open house style) at the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Scheels Safe Family Saturday
Join ScheelsHSHS St. John's Children's HospitalFarmers Insurance - Practice of Jacob Hainsfurther, & Capitol Radio Group in partnership with the YMCA of Springfield & the Springfield Park District for the 7th Annual Safe Family Saturday!

  • FREE Bike Helmets to the first 500 Kids!
  • FREE Lunch to the first 1000 attendees sponsored by Hy-Vee & Subway
  • Hands On Activities promoting "Raising Healthy Kids"
  • Games
  • FREE Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations
  • Land of Lincoln Bookshare Book Drive: Are you de-cluttering the house? Are your shelves overflowing? Do you have stacks of books that your children have outgrown? Donate new and gently used books, for all ages, knowing that they will be provided free of charge to those who need or want them. Land of Lincoln Bookshare promises to find good homes for them! They are a Springfield-based nonprofit organization dedicated to sharing the love of reading one book at a time, by providing free books throughout Central Illinois.

Dr. Dolittle Day
Join us for Dr. Doolittle Day at the Henson Robinson Zoo on April 29 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm! You will have the opportunity to see how we provide enrichment and training for our animals as well as caring for our four horses. We will have local veterinary clinics on hand to provide education on bandaging, suturing, preventative care, phlebotomy, zoonotic diseases and more! Come learn what we do to care for our animals and the people who care for yours. Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for children. Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-585-1821 with questions.

GO! 217
Join us on Thursday, May 3 at 6:00pm for a free workout. This workout will be at Washington Park Gazebo at 1501 South Grand Ave. W. Bring water and a friend! Check out the GO 217 Facebook Page or for more information.

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

Special Recreation visits the Abraham Lincoln Museum
Springfield, IL has all the great Abe Lincoln sites. We will be visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 6th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. President. Learn the history of this great President. Must be at least 8-years-old to participate in this field trip. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least 2 weeks in advance).

Special Recreation visits the Miller Park Zoo
Tigers, flamingos, otters, snow leopards and much more all at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, IL. We will be meeting at Erin’s Pavilion on Saturday, May 12 at 1:00pm and then driving up to Bloomington, IL. We will be back in Springfield at 5:00pm. This trip is for anyone with or without a disability ages eight and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least two weeks in advance).

Special Recreation visits the St. Louis Zoo
This month we will be taking a trip down to St. Louis on May 20th to go to the St. Louis Zoo to see all the different kinds of animals! Drop off (9:00am) and pick up (4:00pm) will be at Erin’s Pavilion. This is a day trip and we will be leaving in the morning and then coming back late afternoon. Lunch will be provided and is included in the price of the program. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up. You must register at least two weeks in advance.

April 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.

Winter/Spring Program and Facility Guide
Our Winter/Spring 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:

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. You must sign up at least 2 weeks in advance.

Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. The participants can attempt to complete workouts assigned by the Aquatics director and/or participants. This program is offered for advanced swimmers at Eisenhower pool. Masters Swim Practice is on Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:30am from September 10, 2017 through May 20, 2018. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up for a year lap pass.

Springfield Jr Blues Home Schedule
Check out the image below and find out when you will be able to go cheer on the Springfield Jr Blues this season! Call 217-525-2589, visit their website at or download their app!

This is a drop-in hockey session designed for participants to practice hockey skill development at the Nelson Center. Sometimes games are played and organized by the players. Players MUST have full hockey gear (we do not provide hockey equipment). This program is for ages 15 and up and starts on January 1 and runs until April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Mondays through Fridays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Adult Skills Development
Learn and work on the basics of hockey in a drop-in atmosphere. A great early morning workout! This program is for beginners on up! Players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey equipment. This program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00am to 7:30am at the Nelson Center from January 2 through April 26 for ages 15 and up. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Alley Catz Bowling
Yearlong bowling program that consists of six, 8-week sessions. You can pay $2 per week or $16 per session which is 8 weeks. If you choose to pay weekly, you must have your money ready that day or you will be charged the session rate. The Alley Catz bowling league offers a great opportunity for socializing. You can register the day of at the bowling alley. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – Sessions begin in January and end in May (one session per month). See flyer below for exact dates and times. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

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 January 3 through April 25. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. For ages 18 and older. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am at Eisenhower Pool. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Broomball Rentals
Groups can play broomball and organize their own teams while wearing street clothes and shoes on the ice. Ice skates are not needed. Equipment provided. Rentals are available from January 5 through April 27 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up for a rental.

Winter Adult Learn to Play Hockey
This is a drop-in program that offers first-time hockey players a chance to get on the ice and experience the GREAT sport of Hockey! We will use the first 30 minutes to instruct participants on how to skate properly, allowing the remainder of the time for practice and/or pick-up games. Rental Skates are provided and players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear.  Limited space available. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to get signed up.

Jr. Blues Games with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game of agility and speed. Watch the action as the Jr. Blues take on other teams in the Midwest division. Anyone ages seven and older with or without a disability can attend. All games will be played at the Nelson Center. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Swim Lessons
Eisenhower Pool will have three sessions of swim lessons throughout winter and spring. There are four separate lessons to choose from: Parent/Tot, Group. Semi-Private and Private. Choose the the lessons that is right for you. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

These classes meet once a week for four weeks. We will introduce the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. All fencing gear is provided. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

Carillon Winter Concerts
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District’s carillonist will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts will be on Sunday afternoons and Wednesdays at noon from January 7 through April 29 (weather permitting). Call 217-546-3853 with questions, go to or the Carillon Facebook page.

Ballroom Dance Program
Learn how to Ballroom Dance with Ron and Paula! This season they will be teaching Basic Ballroom, Basic East Coast Swing, the Hustle, the Rhumba, the Salsa and the Tango. Dance classes will be on Wednesday nights at the Nelson Center. See the flyer below for more information. Call Ron & Paula at 217-553-0446 for more information or to sign up.

Zooper Edvenures Classes
Hop on over to the Henson Robinson Zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems in Zooper Edventures. Have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the Zoo and observe some beastly behavior! Classes will be on specific Saturdays from February through April from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for ages 5-6 or ages 7-9. Pre-registration is required at least 24 hours before the class date. Call 217-585-1821 to reserve your spot or for more information. For specific class dates see the flyer below.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler (ages 2 to 5) to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session). See the flyer below for more information. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up (advance registration is required, and classes fill quickly).

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. Advance registration is required. Please register at least 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.

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.

Group Golf Lessons
The Springfield Park District will offer a series of four 1-hour group golf lessons to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 17-26. Taught by PGA & LPGA Professionals, each session will provide instruction on all aspects of the game including pre-shot fundamentals, putting, chipping, and full swing. Students will also get an opportunity to go on the course and learn proper etiquette and the Rules of Golf. In addition, each student will receive a certificate for one 9-hole round of golf to be used at either Pasfield or Bergen G.C. Register at Lincoln Greens or by calling 217-786-4111.

Men's Wood Bat Summer Softball
Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Minimum of 4 teams and maximum of 8 teams for this age 18+ league. Games are played with wooden bats only at Lincoln Park on Mondays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm! Games begin on April 9 and run through June 25. Make sure you register by March 21st by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

Men's and Co-Ed Summer Softball
These are recreational leagues designed for both men and women. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. All co-ed games are played on Wednesdays at Lincoln and Iles Parks. All Men's games are played on Thursdays at Iles and Hobbs Parks. Games are played from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. We have extended the deadline to March 28. Make sure you register by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

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.

Special Olympics: Softball
Catching, batting, throwing! Softball is a team sport and you must have prior experience in order to play. We invite you to join the program, available starting on April 28 with district competition in July and could end up running to Fall State Games in September. Practices will be held on Saturday mornings at Lincoln Park from 8:00am to 9:30am for ages eight and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Garden today! Available from April 30 through August 31 for all age groups. Please call ahead to schedule a time, 217-546-4116.

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.

Private Tennis Lessons
For students who are looking for one-on-one tennis instruction. Private Tennis Lessons are available throughout the season based on your availability. Minimum 4 sessions; lesson times can be broken up in 30 minute segments. Please call the tennis pro shop to schedule a private lesson.  Lessons are available from May 1 through September 27 from Monday through Friday at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson.

Pee Wee Tennis Lessons
These lessons offer a great way to introduce children to the sport of tennis through fun interactive games and drills geared toward children. Lessons run Mondays through Fridays from May 1 through September 27. Times are 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson for your three to seven-year-old.

Manny's Drills
Through repetition the student will improve her skills for better enjoyment of the sport. At the end of drill, the student will participate in games designed for the improvement of their game. This is for new or returning players. Drills begin on May 1 and run through September 27 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays. Contact the Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Save the Date for Beginner Pickleball
Pickleball starts back up in May! Join us and come learn the basics of pickle ball from members of the Springfield Pickleball Association. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports of today. We will provide paddles and balls, all you have to do is show up and have fun! Connect with the Springfield Pickleball Club.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class with teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. All participants must register one week in advance! There will be one session of classes each month on Thursdays from May through August. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Developmental Rat Hockey Parent/Child
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 May 5 through August 25 on Saturdays and Sundays. Saturdays are from 5:15pm to 6:15pm and Sundays are from 4:15pm to 5:15pm. Children 10 years of age and younger must be accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult of ages 16 or older. Full gear is required. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Monkeying Around
Orchid Info & Repotting Workshop
Hoggland Robin Hood
Carillon Concert
Carillon Concert
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