Park Blog

Published August 31, 2022- 

Today is Wednesday, August 31st, 2022. The area under I-55 on the Lost Bridge Trail will be intermittently closed for bridge repairs. 

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the trail. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published August 23, 2022- 

Reminder: Bike and Hike is cancelled for the weekend of September 10th & 11th, as the Art Spectacular event is happening in Washington Park.


Published August 8, 2022- 

The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that the Illinois Department of Agriculture will once again stage their Twilight Parade at Lincoln Park on Thursday, August 11, 2022!

State Fair Officials will be closing Lincoln Park to public access and parking starting 1:00pm on Thursday, August 11, 2022. During this time, there will be no public parking available for parade viewing in Lincoln Park or the Nelson Center. Nelson Pool will also be closed to the public from 1:00 pm-6:00pm.

Nelson Pool and Nelson Ice Rink scheduled programming and openings will resume on Friday, August 12, 2022. Patrons of the Nelson Center will be able to access the Nelson Center using the intersection of Third Street and Black Avenue.

Beginning Friday, August 12, 2022, parking will be prohibited on neighborhood streets south of Sangamon Avenue. These changes will remain in effect until the morning of Monday, August 22, 2022.

We’ll see you at the parade!

For more information please call the Springfield Park District at 217-544-1751.


Published July 18, 2022- 

Today is Monday, July 18, 2022. Riverside Park is now open as the Sangamon River is back in its banks and the roads are all passable. 

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published July 6, 2022- 

Plan to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the NEW Outdoor Fitness Court at Comer Cox Park!

The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that we will cut the ribbon to a new Outdoor Fitness Court at Comer Cox Park. This project includes an outdoor fitness court with equipment stations designed to use ones' body weight as resistance; making it inclusive for all abilities and ages! 

Join us for the ribbon cutting to celebrate this new Outdoor Fitness Court. 
Come test out the new fitness equipment with us! 

Monday, July 11th at 11:00am.

Outdoor Fitness Court, by the splash pad at Comer Cox Park, Capitol Ave and, N Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Springfield, IL 62703


Published June 24, 2022- 

Today is Friday, June 24, 2022. Veterans Memorial Pool will be temporarily closed due to mechanical issues. Nelson Center Pool will remain open.

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

For more information please call 217-753-2800.


Published June 17, 2022- 

Come out to Springfield Park District's 2022 Movies in the Park Series!

May 20: King Richard at Velasco Tennis Center
June 3: 42 at Robin Roberts Stadium
June 17: Space Jam: A New Legacy at Comer Cox Park
July 8: Luca at Veterans Memorial Pool
August 5: Soul at Kiwanis Park
August 26: Jumanji at Henson Robinson Zoo

Bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on - Movies begin at sunset.

Thank you to all our Sponsors for helping us put on this great event again for summer 2022!


Published May 11, 2022- 

Today is Wednesday, May 11, 2022. Riverside Park is now open as the Sangamon River is back in its banks and the roads are all passable.

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published May 6, 2022- 

The Springfield Park District has parented with the Springfield-Sangamon County Regional Planning Commission to ask the Springfield community to participate within the 2022 Natural Hazards Mitigation Plan Community Survey. This survey is part of  a multiple community effort with participants representing governmental entities, not-for-profit organizations, and other community groups. We politely ask that you help share your input regarding your experiences with natural hazards like floods, tornadoes, severe storms, and winter storms. This feedback will be used in the upcoming 2022 Sangamon County Multi-Jurisdictional Natural Hazard Mitigation Plan Update. Your feedback will help make our communities and Sangamon County stronger.

Thank you in advance for your participation. 


Published April 18, 2022- 

Looking for a Summer Job??

Join our team at the Springfield Park District!

We want YOU to Join our Team!

We have multiple part-time recreation and seasonal maintenance job openings to fill!

Including: Lifeguards, Front Desk Support, Camp Counselors, Maintenance, and more!

Log onto our website at and click on "Join Our Team" to see a list of job titles. To be considered for a position, all applicants must apply online.

Don't have computer access? No problem!

Stop into our Bunn Admin Office at 2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL and we'll connect you to an application terminal.


Published April 18, 2022- 

Lifeguards earn $13.50 starting May 1st at the Springfield Park District!

Lifeguards needed! Pass a course, get a job!

Course Fee: FREE! $300 Value
*must commit to employment contract in order to participate.


1. Attend all course days & times listed.
2. Pass Pre-Test.
3. Pass Written and practical exams.
4. Pass all scenarios exercise.
*Lifeguard training, CPR, 1st-Aid and AED certifications provided upon passing this course.

Register at

For more information please contact Becca Mendoza at 217-525-8847 x1502.


Please Note: The Park District will post Weather Conditions on our Park Blog as well as on Social Media Monday – Friday, during normal business hours. 

For more information please call our Rainout Line at 217-203-6004

These posts are “date stamped” – should you find a past post, your final confirmation before heading to one of our outdoor facilities will be to call the Rainout Line at 217-203-6004.


Published April 7, 2022- 

Bike & Hike Sundays at Washington Park starts April 10!

Bike & Hike Sundays provide park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic.
Call 217-544-1751 x1004 for any questions.

Takes place April through September!


Published March 25, 2021 -

The Centennial Dog Park is now open!

The Springfield Park District is excited to announce the brand new dog park at Centennial Park! Centennial Dog Park is over an acre in size built for all dogs and park patrons to enjoy. The park was built to be fully ADA accessible and includes accessible parking, custom concrete walks, rock walking path and elevated viewing deck and community gathering space. The dog park will feature separate play areas for large dogs and small dogs, challenging obstacle course, misting fire extinguishers, dog water fountains, dog waste stations, and maintenance free benches. There is also 22x24 shelter and 33x24 shade structure coming soon.

Bring your furry friend out today!


Published December 21, 2020 -

Be Safe and Have Fun, but Do Your Part!
Please follow all Dog Rules listed below while visiting our Parks...

-Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times. 

-Dogs MUST be on a leash which shall not exceed six(6) feet in length in Non off-leash areas.

-Dog owners must stay with dogs at all times and keep their leash in hand.

-Dogs must be leashed until they are inside the fenced area. If you wish to unleash your dog, visit the dog parks at Stuart or Riverside Parks.

-Please scoop your poop & dispose in the designated receptacles. 

-Aggressive dogs are not allowed. If your dog becomes unruly or plays rough, leave immediately. 

-Failure to abide by the park rules may result in loss of privileges and owners may be ticketed up to $500.

-All other lark policies apply. 

To report any issues, please contact Park Police at 217-698-6030

Rules for Visiting the Dog Parks.


Publish Date: 4/8/2020

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY ACTIVE BY VISITING ONE OF YOUR LOCAL PARKS!  Greenspace, parks and trails continue to remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to stay healthy, enjoy some fresh air, walking, hiking, running, and some overall wellness, provided visitors observe the following safety tips:

•  Do not use parks or trails if you are displaying symptoms

•  Follow CDC’s guidelines on personal hygiene before visiting parks or trails

•  Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from

    other persons


Washington, Lincoln and Southwind Parks have become very busy which can make social distancing more challenging.

Fortunately, the Springfield Park District boasts 38 parks and 4 bike and hike trails!  In an effort to reduce traffic in high use areas, we would like to encourage and challenge you and your family to visit a new park each time you venture out. If you arrive at a park, green space or trail and it appears crowded and your ability to practice social distancing may be compromised, be flexible and willing to move to the next closest park on the map provided.

Bergen Park - 200 Eastdale

Bunn Park - 2500 S. 11th St

Carpenter Park - #1 Carpenter Park Trail

(Nature Preserve)

Centennial Park - 5751 Bunker Hill Rd

Comer Cox Park - 301 Martin Luther King Dr

Duncan Park - 500 N. MacArthur Blvd

Dreamland Park - 2300 Taylor Ave

Eisenhower Park - 2530 E. Cornell Ave

Enos Park - 1000 7th St

Fairview Park - 1901 N. 19th St

Gehrmann Park - 1000 N. 2nd St

Gietl Park - 1900 Stanhope Rd

Gurgens Park - 100 Carpenter Trail

(Nature Preserve)

Hobbs Park - 2851 Fox Bridge Rd

Iles Park - 2000 S. 6th St

Indian Hills Park - 2540 Miami Trail


Jaycee Park - 2401 E. Monroe

Jefferson Park - 300 N. Oxford¬¬

Kennedy Park - 401 Walnut Valley Dr

Kiwanis Park - 2930 Stanton St

Lake Victoria Park - 3055 Normandy Rd

Lanphier Park - 1351 East N. Grand Ave

Lawless Park - 1200 Black Ave

Lincoln Park - 1601 N. 5th St

Lindbergh Park - 2419 Lindbergh Blvd


Patrick J. Cadigan Park - 2302 Berkley Dr

Paul A. Barker Park - 2008 Barnard Dr

Riverside Park - 4675 Peoria Rd

Rotary Park - 4501 W. Iles Ave


Schlitt Park - 2415 Sharon Dr

Southwind Park - 4755 S. 2nd St

Stuart Park - 1555 Winch Rd

Timberbrooke Park - 2065 W. Washington St

Vredenburgh Park - 121 Crusader Rd


Washington Park - 1501 West S. Grand Ave

Westchester Park - 2215 Westchester Blvd 

Lastly, starting this 


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!


Did you know?! You can host your next Birthday Party at the Springfield Park District! Click the image below to view a printer friendly version of our Birthday Party flyer. 


Do you have an idea for a class or program that you’d like to see offered at the Springfield Park District? Even better, do you have a special interest or talent you would like to share with others? The Springfield Park District is looking for new program ideas and local “hidden” talent to teach or lead various recreational classes. We are always looking for new instructors with creative ideas!

If you have a particular interest or talent and are willing to lead activities; or if you have a suggestion for a new program, plan to email the Recreation Department at:


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 below to download a PDF brochure to learn more about this wonderful program.


Springfield Park District App

The Springfield Park District App is your personal guide to everything Springfield Park District! It is an indispensable resource for community members and patrons to access information they need and use every day pertaining to our parks. 

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