Park Blog

Publish Date: 10/16/2020

The Springfield Park District would like to inform the community of an upcoming two-part construction project happening on Monday, October 19th through Wednesday, October 20th (weather permitting) on the park road next to Washington Park Preschool in Washington Park.

On Monday, October 19th, concrete work will begin on the park road. The project will include new concrete curbs, guttering, and paving. During this time, the park road will still be accessible. 

On Wednesday, October 21st, the second phase will begin. The project will include the park road receiving a mill and asphalt overlay. The park road will temporarily be closed to traffic during this time; however, patrons will still be able to enter and exit into Washington Park by the South Grand park entrance.

Please note that the park and all facilities will remain open during the temporary road closure.

For additional information, please contact the Springfield Park District at 217-544-1751 or



Survey for Input & Submittals will remain open until October 30, 2020

Click this link to submit your recommendation:



Click here to take our short survey and share YOUR input for the new Skate Park - 

Consulting Skate Park Builder - Spohn Park 

All patrons are required to wear a mask when entering any of our facilities. We appreciate your patronage and thank you for your understanding in these unusual times.

Published June 23, 2020 -

Restore Illinois Phase 4 Operations - (Anticipated June 26, 2020)

The following Springfield Park District facilities/amenities/programs/activities will be available to the public with various restrictions under phase 4 of the Restore Illinois plan in compliance with State, local and federal guidelines.

Springfield Park District Phase 4 - Openings

·       Erin’s Pavilion
o Rentals, weddings, meetings, social events, business functions, etc.…

· Nelson Center Ice Rink
o Public skate, youth and adult sports (July 6)
o figure skating, hockey, camps

· Nelson Center Pool
o Closed for the season

·   Eisenhower Pool
o Diving, swim team, public swim, rentals, lap swim

· Veteran’s Memorial Pool
o  Scheduled Opening: July 13

· Splash Pads
o Open

· Washington Park Pavilion
o Preschool, day camps, rentals

·       Lincoln Park Pavilion
o Rentals

· Park Bathrooms
o Washington, Lincoln North/South, Dreamland, Iles, Comer Cox, Douglas, Rotary and Southwind are open 7 days a week from 7:00 am – 7:00 pm.

· Drinking Fountains
o Closed

· Playgrounds
o Open
o FitLot Open

· Henson Robinson Zoo
o Scheduled opening: July 6

· Botanical Garden
o Scheduled Opening: July 6

· Golf
o Bunn, Bergen, Pasfield, and Lincoln Greens,
o Driving rage
o outings, leagues, programming, tournaments

· Outdoor Youth and Recreational Sports
o Youth and rec sports activities including drills, practices, lessons, and competitive gameplay

· Velasco Tennis Center
o Open play, lessons, drills

· Outdoor Sports Courts
o Open play, lessons, drills

· Summer Day Camps
o Erin’s Pavilion - Special Recreation
and Nelson Center

· Outdoor Rentals and Permit

· Riverside Campgrounds

· BMX Track

· Centennial Skate Park


Published June 10, 2020 -

The Springfield Park District desires to relax the restrictions within the social distancing guidelines to allow for our residents to participate in programs and facilities as soon as possible. We are currently evaluating the new phase 3 guidance and working as quickly as possible to safely provide facilities and programs in compliance with local state and national health guidelines and recommendations.

Please check back frequently for additions or amendments. Questions?  Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1004

DOWNLOAD PDF:  Park District Available to Public and Not Available LIST

Available to Public within

Social Distancing Guidelines


Dog Parks  |  Skate Park


Athletic Fields


Golf Courses


Community Gardens


Bunn Administrative Office


Picnic Shelter Rentals – 10 persons & under


Tennis Courts | Pickleball Courts


Erin’s Pavilion - OPENS JUNE 8th

M-F – by appointment or 10 and under person rental only.  Call ahead 217-585-2941


Eisenhower PoolOPENS JUNE 15th

Closed to public; open only by scheduled activities.

Nelson Center Ice RinkOPENS JUNE 15th 

Closed to public; open only by scheduled activities.

Preschool Day Camp | OPENS JUNE 15TH 

Washington Park Pavilion – Limited Space - Book Now!

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-546-3970


Riverside Campgrounds  OPENS JUNE 2

RV HOOKUP ONLY- RV’s must have bathrooms

NO restrooms, showers, or tent camping


Special Recreation Camp | Erin’s Pavilion - OPENS JUNE 8th Limited Space!!  Taking Reservations Online NOW

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303


Summer Camp Nelson Ctr. OPENS JUNE 8th

Limited Space!!  Taking Reservations Online NOW

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-753-2800


Unavailable to the Public at this time


Outdoor Restrooms | No Porta Potties on Golf Courses


Outdoor Water Fountains

Basketball Courts

Outdoor Park District Swimming Pools

Splash Fountains

AARP FitLot - Lincoln Park Kings Daughter FitLot – Douglas Park


Competitive or Recreational Team Sporting Games

Funshop – NO in facility programs; online

programming only

Carillon – NO in facility tours; concerts weekly

will continue

Washington Park Botanical Garden

Facility only open by appointment or 10 and under person rental.  All appointments Call ahead 217-546-4116

Henson Robinson Zoo

Publish Date: 4/8/2020

We encourage everyone to honor the Executive Stay at Home Order, but we realize that physical exercise and getting outdoors is very important for your mental and physical well-being. We have 38 parks and 4 bike trails! If you find one congested, plan to pick a new park to visit!


Follow CDC's guidelines for hygiene and social distancing. AND PLEASE STAY HOME IF YOU ARE NOT FEELING WELL! Help us, help others by doing YOUR PART!


HOWEVER, 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

•  Do not gather in crowds of any size


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

Douglas 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 

Lastly, starting this weekend April 4th & 5th and each Saturday and Sunday moving forward, Washington Park will be closed to vehicular traffic.  We ask that visitors observe the parking spaces near the large Picnic Shelter (playground area) as handicap accessible spaces for patrons with disabilities and mobility issues. Additional parking is available at the Tennis Center and Rose Garden lots. We hope these measures will help reduce congestion and aid in the safety of visitors as they enjoy the park for recreation, health and wellness.  See the map provided for the modified loop for Washington Park.


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. 



Publish Date: 3/28/2020

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT - Playgrounds are Closed. Help Us, Help those on the Medical Front Lines & Help Your Families by doing YOUR PART! We encourage you to stay active and visit one of your local parks or trails. Please remember, in compliance with the Governor's executive order in response to COVID-19, the following amenities are closed: Golf Courses, Playgrounds, FitLot, Skate Park, Dog Parks, Park Restrooms.

While visiting parks and trails, please observe the following safety tips:

1. Do not use parks or trails if you are displaying symptoms

2. Follow CDC's guidelines on personal hygiene before visiting parks or trails

3. Observe CDC's minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other persons at all times

4. Do not gather in crowds of any size.

Publish Date: 3/21/2020

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.


Park District Facility Closures to the Public:

Pending further notifications, the following

Park District Facilities will be Closed to the Public,

   - except for pre-scheduled private rentals that strictly adhere to local, and state guidelines for in-person gatherings


We will continue to have Customer Service Representatives

available at these facilities to take your calls.


Golf Courses and Tennis Center will remain Open

and in order to continue to serve the public,

our Bunn Administrative Office will be Open Mon – Fri 8am – 4:30 pm
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY - Plan to Call Ahead  
at 2500 S. 11th Street, Springfield IL      Phone:  217-544-1751

In order to meet with any department, the individual must call for an appointment. Many Park District services are available online or can be accomplished over the phone.

·      Payment for law enforcement tickets and tows will be accepted by credit card over the phone. Please call 217-544-1751 at ext. 1007 or 1005. In person payment will be accepted at the Park Police department headquarters located at: 1508 W. Fayette Ave, Springfield IL


We apologize for the inconvenience

and appreciate your patience and understanding

Publish Date


Valued Springfield Park District Patrons,


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.


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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