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Movie in The Park July 25th Postponed to September 5th
The Movie in the Park event scheduled for July 25th will be postponed to Friday September 5th.  Event moved due to rain and ground conditions.


Local donor, fundraiser and dog park proponent Karen Hoelzer has generously offered to work with the Park District and the community toward the construction of a dog park in Springfield Park District’s new Barker Park development.
Dog Park proponent and fundraiser Karen Hoelzer stated “I look forward to working closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association, the park board and the community to provide a safe and enjoyable place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs.”
Recent fundraising efforts could be shifted to Barker Park to help fulfill a significant component in the established master plan. Barker Park is a 26 acre piece of property that was generously donated to the Park District by the Barker family with the intent to develop the land into a park. The Springfield Park District worked closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association to create a master plan that meets the needs of the local residents. A dog park was included in a recent request from the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association as well as being included in the overall master plan for the park.
Franklin Park Neighborhood Association Board President Don Hunt commented “The Neighborhood Association is in full support of a potential dog park in the future Barker Park.”

Request For Proposals

“Request for Proposal”

RE:  Southwind Turbine

Proposals are due no later than 2:00 p.m., August 8th at Bunn Office (to Elliott McKinley’s attention

There are no formal bid documents to be obtained

Those interested can come to Bunn Office to review documents

Pre-Bid Meeting:  July 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Southwind Park

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“Advertisement for Bids”

RE:  Nelson Center Heating

Bid Opening:  2:00 p.m. , July 31 at Bunn Office

Pre-Bid Meeting:  July 24th at 10:00 a.m. at Nelson Center

Bid documents can be obtained after July 22 by contacting the Frank Maras (Consulting Engineer) at 415-4549

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Any further questions can be directed to Elliott McKinley.

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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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