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The Springfield Park District Police Department in cooperation with the Springfield Police Department will be closing a portion of Old Chatham Road and the Wabash Trail Bridge to conduct maintenance work on the Wabash Trail Bridge on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

We would like to alert the public that we will be closing access to the Wabash Trail Bridge and two intersections. The intersections at Wabash Avenue and Old Chatham Road as well as Seven Pines Road and Old Chatham Road will be closed for maintenance.

During this time, Springfield Park District Police Officers and Springfield Police Officers will be directing traffic at the intersection of Old Chatham Road and Wabash Avenue. Additional Officers will be directing traffic at the intersection of Old Chatham Road and Seven Pines Road. Motorists and patrons are encouraged to avoid this area and seek alternate routes. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause during this time. 

Regular access to these intersections and Wabash Trail Bridge will resume starting on Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.


For additional information regarding the closings, please contact the Springfield Park District Police Department at 217-698-6030.


Thursday, August 8, 2019 the Illinois Department of Agriculture will once again stage their Twilight Parade at Lincoln Park. 

The Springfield Park District would like to alert the public that State Fair Officials will be closing Lincoln Park access and parking to the public starting at 1:00 p.m. We encourage the public to enter the Park through safe cross walks at Sangamon and 5th street as well as off Black Avenue to find a nice spot to watch the 2019 State Fair Parade step off at 5:30 p.m.

During this time, there will be no public parking available for parade viewing in Lincoln Park and the Nelson Center. Nelson Pool will also be closed to the public from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Nelson Pool and the Nelson Ice Rink scheduled programming and openings will resume on Friday, August 9, 2019. Patrons of the Nelson Center will be able to access the center using the intersection of Third Street and Black Avenue.

Beginning Friday, August 9, 2019, parking will be prohibited on neighborhood streets south of Sangamon Avenue. These changes will remain in effect until the morning of Monday, August 19, 2019. 


For more questions about Lincoln Park access, please contact the Springfield Park District at 217-544-1751.

For more information on the 2019 State Fair, please follow this link.…/compe…/parade/Pages/default.aspx


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!

Park-n-Chill at the Washington Park Concession Stand!

Serving handmade Italian Ice, Ice Cream Sundaes and other Frozen Treats! Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm - 8:00pm. 

*The concession stand is operated by Klyczek Park’N Chill Concessions.


Are you ready to Splash into Summer? Starting Memorial Weekend 2019, the Springfield Park District pools will be open for the season! Click here to view and/or download a copy of all the important pool information. From Pool Passes, Policies, Hours, Admission and more... this will be your go-to guide for all things Park District Pools!

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. 


The Springfield Park District is once again hosting the always popular Bike and Hike Days at Washington Park. This program is designed to foster biking, hiking, walking and running within the park. Please note the park will be barricaded to prevent vehicular traffic. Bike and Hike days will take place every Sunday for the full loop and Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays for the modified loop through September. There will be no Bike and Hike on September 15, 2019 due to Art Spectacular happening in Washington Park.


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.