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Concessionaire Needed for Music & Movies in the Park

Request for Proposal

The Springfield Park District is soliciting area business/individuals interested in providing concessions at Movie and Music in the Park events.  

Interested businesses desiring to be considered as a concessionaire should submit a written proposal including the management and operation of concessions to:    

 Mailing Address                                Fax                              Email

Springfield Park District         217-544-1811

Movie and Music in

the Park Concessions

2500 South Eleventh St.

Springfield, IL  62702


Proposals must be received no later than 4:30 PM on April 25, 2014. A Committee will review all proposals.  Potential Concessionaire may be asked to present an oral presentation before the review committee. 

 All proposals must acknowledge adherence to the following: 

  1. Insurance:  Vendor is responsible for own equipment, where required, and must list Springfield Park District as additional insured based on District insurance requirements & amounts.
  2. Advertisement/Signage: Vendor is free to advertise & promote their concessions. However, all signage at events must be pre-approved by the Springfield Park District.
  3. Misc: Vendor must meet all requirements set forth by the Sangamon County Department of Public Health or other regulatory agencies. Vendor must supply power source when applicable. 

Proposals must include the following:

  1. Product to be sold: Vendor must state the types of products to be sold at events.  Suggested but not mandated items include: fruits, health bars, nutritional snacks, muffins, sandwiches, dry pre-packaged goods, and similar items. Drinks: Bottled water, power drinks, energy drinks, soda, and similar products. Specialty Items: slushy type drinks, snow cones, popcorn, or other novelty items.
  2. Commission: Vendor must provide a written description of the cash payment system they will use and what commission they will to provide the district. 

Each proposal must provide the following additional information: 

  1. Legal Name of Individual and/or business
  2. Copy of Food Handlers License/Certificate
  3. History and nature of business
  4. Note any violations from Sangamon County Department of Public Health, State or other jurisdiction
  5. Nature of what you will provide and how you will provide it
  6. List of items you expect the District to provide
  7. List of items you will provide
  8. Proposed percentage of sales to the District.

If you have any questions please call Sean Dickerson, Recreation Supervisor at 753-0700

Henson Robinson Zoo Debuts Baby Spider Monkey

The Henson Robinson Zoo is pleased to announce the public debut of the new baby Brown Headed Spider Monkey on Thursday, April 10th at 11:00 a.m. The baby, who is named Rudy, was born on December 17, 2013 to parents Oscar and CoaCoa. The birth was a recommendation of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Brown Headed Spider Monkey Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP helps ensure the genetic diversity of the captive species population.
Zoo visitors will be invited to visit the baby for the first time over the weekend. The zoo will be hosting a Monkey Baby Shower Saturday, April 12th and Sunday, April 13th and invite visitors to bring gifts for the baby. Each family bringing a gift will receive one free child admission. Acceptable gifts would include small baby toys (no liquid or small pieces inside), lengths of natural rope (10 feet or more), Shop ‘n Save gift cards, fruits & vegetables, Lowe’s or Menards gift cards and Petsmart gift cards.
Depending on the weather, the monkeys will be on exhibit 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. on weekdays. Temperatures must be above 55 degrees for the monkeys to be outside

Request for Statement of Qualifications for Bridge Work


** Addendum to Original Advertisement Published 4/11/14 **

IDOT Prequalified Engineering Firms are invited to submit their Statement of Qualifications to become eligible to perform BOTH DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION engineering services related to STP-Bridge construction requirements for the Springfield Park District.

The Springfield Park District has two bridge replacement projects, both located in Washington Park.  The project is estimated around $1.5 million. 

Your Statement of Qualifications should include the following information:

1. Name, address and brief history of firm

2. Resume of key personnel to be assigned to this project.

3. Related experience during the last five years.  For example:

a. Projects where construction engineering services related were performed

b. Examples of other projects similar in scope.  Include the name of the project, a contact person and dollar amount for each example

4. You are invited to include a maximum of three pages of additional information not included above, if you believe it may be useful and applicable in this project. 

Your letter and Statement of Qualifications, with three copies, should be forwarded to the following address and should be received no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 30, 2014.


Springfield Park District

Attn:  Elliott McKinley

2500 South 11th Street

Springfield, IL  62703


The Henson Robinson Zoo invites area youth to help celebrate Endangered Species Day by submitting original art that depicts endangered animals. The zoo’s Endangered Species Youth Art Contest is open to children in grades K-12 and should depict animals that are listed as threatened or endangered according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service or vulnerable or endangered by the ICUN Red List of Endangered Species.
Winners will be chosen in four categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12. Artwork must be submitted by May, 2nd and the top three in each of the age categories will be displayed at the zoo at Dr. Dolittle Day on May 14th. Zoo visitors will then be asked to vote and the winners will be announced at the end of the day at Dr. Dolittle Day. Complete contest guidelines and entry form can be found at the zoo’s website
Endangered Species Day was created in 2006 by the US Congress to celebrate and educate the community on endangered wildlife and the habitats in which they live. The event is being celebrated at Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) facilities across the country. The Henson Robinson Zoo will commemorate Endangered Species Day at Dr. Dolittle Day, May 10, 2014.

Extended Bike and Hike Hours Announced!


[Springfield, IL] – The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that on March 20th the Board voted to expand the Bike and Hike days at Washington Park for a trial period during April and May.  Our traditional Bike and Hike Sundays opened for the season on March 23rd and will continue from 8 am – 5pm each Sunday. 


Park Board Trustee, Grant Hammer, “The Bike and Hike Days program on Sundays at Washington Park has proven to be overwhelmingly popular. Implementing a scaled down version on weekdays will provide greater opportunities for our residents to enjoy the park while minimizing the impact on vehicular traffic.


In the months of April and May, we will host Bike and Hike hours on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesdays from 4 pm – 6pm.  During Bike and Hike days the District places yellow barricades around the parks path areas to encourage biking, hiking, walking and running within Washington Park. 


The Park District feels that these additional hours will have a positive impact and compliment the existing Sunday Bike and Hike Day. The new days will allow families and park goers throughout the week to enjoy Washington Park after work and will afford them time to get into the park with their children or grab their bikes and go for a safe ride.  “The concept is to minimize traffic to give walkers an opportunity without having to worry and compete for road space with vehicles,” states Derek Harms, Executive Director.


The weekday Bike and Hike will be a modified loop and vehicular traffic will be able to access the major recreational and park amenities such as the Playground, Tennis Courts, Gazebo, Pavilion, Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon and the Botanical Gardens.  It is a small window of time, so there will still be ample opportunity for all park goers to enjoy their evening drive through Washington Park after the 6pm Bike and Hike hour ends. 


We are excited about the expanded hours, the additional recreation time it affords the community and look forward to the increased activity in Washington Park as we head into our 2014 Park Season.

Summer Fun Preschool in the Park Program

The Springfield Park district announces the registration for the Summer Fun Preschool in the Park Program, which is scheduled to begin June 10 and end July 18.  Classes will be held at Washington Park Preschool on Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30am or 12:45 – 3:15pm and at Lincoln Park Preschool on Tuesday and Thursday, 9:00 – 11:30am.  The fee for the classes is $90 for in district and $100 for out of district. We will also offer three, one day a week classes during the six week period.  On Mondays, Fantasy in the Woods, on Wednesdays, Crafty Cooking and on Fridays, D is for Dinosaurs. The fee for theses classes are$55 in district and $65 out of district.  All of the above classes are for 3-5 year olds.  Registration for the classes will be April 9 (Wednesday) from 9:30am – 12:00pm at the Washington Park Preschool.  Payment will be due at sign-up.   For further information call Debbie at 217-546-3970.

All Aboard the Wattman Mini Express!

The Henson Robinson Zoo is looking for enthusiastic volunteers who enjoy working with children to drive the zoo’s Wattman Mini Express trackless train. The electric train is environmentally friendly, powered by a silent 48-volt motor and pulls four passenger wagons. Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license. Training sessions will be held Sunday, April 6 from 4:00-6:00 p.m. and Thursday, April 10 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Interested parties can choose the most convenient training session. Call the zoo at (217)585-1821 to indicate your interest in volunteering as a train driver and the training session you would like to attend. 

Washington Park Dog Run Fundraising Effort

The Springfield Park District and the Springfield Parks Foundation are excited to announce a grass roots fundraising effort to secure funds to construct a potential Dog Run on the west side of Washington Park. This idea was initiated by local community member Karen Hoelzer who would like to create a more centrally located dog run for dogs and their owners to enjoy. Donations should be made to the Springfield Parks Foundation. Make sure to indicate “Washington Dog Park” with your gift. To learn more about the proposed dog park please click on the links below.

Check out the new website set up by the Hoelzer Family at
The site includes information on the dog park plans, fundraising events, how to volunteer, a place to share ideas for the dog park, and soon will have a feature to share fun dog related links (photos/videos) to brighten your day. 

Key Points of Interest 

To Donate, please send payment to:

Springfield Parks Foundation

Attn: Washington Park Dog Run

2500 S. 11th St

Springfield IL 62703

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