Park News

January 18th-20th 2019 Facility Closures and Program Cancellations

The Springfield Park District would like to alert the public that Erin’s Pavilion will be closed this weekend along with the following programs due to the forecasted weather: 

Friday- January 18th 

• Public Swim at Eisenhower Aquatics Center 

Saturday- January 19th 

• Special Olympics Snowshoe at Erin’s Pavilion 

• Special Olympics Basketball at Springfield Rachet and Fitness Center 

• Hockey Skills at the Nelson Center 

• ADM Scrimmage at the Nelson Center 

• Learn to Skate at the Nelson Center 

• Learn to Play Hockey 1 at the Nelson Center 

• Learn to Play Hockey 2 at the Nelson Center 

In times of inclement weather, if you are planning on participating within one of the Springfield Park District’s programs or visiting one of our facilities, please plan to call ahead. We hope you have a safe and fun weekend! 

For more information, please contact the Springfield Park District at 

Program Cancellations

The Springfield Park District would like to alert the public that on Saturday, January 12th the following programs are cancelled due to the forecasted weather: 

Special Olympics Snowshoe at Erin’s Pavilion 

Special Olympics Basketball at Springfield Racket and Fitness Center 

Paint with Me at Washington Park Preschool 

PAWZ at the Henson Robinson Zoo. The reschedule date will be January 19,2019 from 10:00am-12:00pm 

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

Special Recreation Cooking Class

Due to a scheduling conflict, Special Recreation’s Cooking Class will be held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at Erin’s Pavilion from 6:00pm-7:00pm. Class pricing will remain the same at $8/Resident and $10/Non-Resident.

For more information, please call 217-503-4576.

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Winter Swim Lessons: Session II

The Springfield Park District will be opening registration for its Eisenhower Pool Session II, 2019 Winter Swim Lessons Monday, January 14th, 8:00 am at Eisenhower Pool (2351 E. Cornell St.). Lessons offered are: Parent/Tot ($44 Res/$49 NR); Group ($46 Res/$51 NR); Semi-Private ($65 Res/$75 NR) and Private ($86 Res/$106 NR).For additional information, please contact Dianna Rodgers by email or by phone at 525-8847. For more information on this topic and any other Park District news related items, please visit our Website at

Learn to Skate Academy
Our Learn to Skate Academy is a 6 class program, co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District. We teach a step by step progression of skills which develops the student’s techniques in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. Beginners start in Snowplow Sam 1 or Basic 1. Beginning skaters do NOT need expensive equipment. In most cases you can start by using skates from our rink or by borrowing a pair from a friend. Be sure to dress in warm and comfortable clothing. As you learn more, you will likely want to invest in your own skates and equipment. Register for the “Early Bird” Discount ($62/resident and $72/non-resident)! Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited. DON’T WAIT OR YOU MAY BE TOO LATE, REGISTER TODAY!

Tiny Tots Skating Class

Your preschooler will benefit by learning the basics of figure skating with professional coaches, having fun while learning with friends and enjoying social time with complementary hot cocoa after class. Parents will get to relax with complementary coffee during the lesson. No special equipment is needed! Please dress your child warmly and comfortably with gloves and arrive 20 minutes proir to lesson time if free rental skates are needed. Sign up for either or both classes. Save $10 if you register by January 7th.

Public Skate
Come out to the Nelson Center and skate! Check out the December calendar to see available dates and times. Call 217-753-2800 to check availability.

January 2019 Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Use the blank one to add in all the FUN activities and events you'd like to attend with the Springfield Park District this month. Or print off one that has activities and events filled in for you! Click the images below for a printer-friendly versions.

2019 Winter/Spring Activity and Facility Guide
Our Winter/Spring Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy on Illinois Times stands around Springfield starting January 17, 2019. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District! Click the image below to download a pdf to your computer. Please contact us if you would like a bundle for your local business.

Event and Program Listings
To help you better find what fun event or program you are looking for, we have created this quick alphabetical listing:

After School Recreation-PowerPlay! Beyond School
Our After School program focuses on fitness, nutrition, and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities as well as time to do homework. NEW EXTENDED HOURS OPEN UNTIL 6PM. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up. Chatham School District students will be located at Erin's Pavilion and District 186 Student will be located at the Nelson Center.

Zooper Edventures
Take a walk on the wild side and have a Zooper Edventure! These classes are filled with theme-related games, crafts, a zoo discovery walk, and other fun learning activities! Advanced Registration is Required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Washington Park Preschool
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at Washington Park Pavilion with a curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards. The philosophy of the pre-school program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. This program is offered for advanced swimmers. Participant must have an up-to-date year lap pass or purchase a day pass. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Springfield Jr. Blues Home Schedule
Come out to the Nelson Center this hockey season and cheer on your local Springfield Jr. Blues! Most home games are played on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (6:05pm) nights. Call 217-525-2589 or go to for more information or to buy tickets. Download the Jr. Blues App (iPhone/Android) for more info!

Fall Carillon Concerts
Our carillonist plays a wide variety of classical, folk, and popular music year-round. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts are scheduled for Wednesdays at Noon and Sundays at 2:00pm and 4:00pm. Go to for more information on the carillon or call 217-546-3853.

Special Olympics: Swim Team
This is an opportunity to learn and practice swimming and stroke skills for all abilities. With athletes working toward Special Olympics competition. Practices begin on December 2, 2018 and run until June 14, 2019 at Eisenhower Pool on Sundays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Minorhawks Learn to Play Hockey
This is an 8 class program co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. We introduce basic hockey skills to boys and girls. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 Hockey or to our House/Travel teams. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register for the Early Bird and save $10! (Early Bird ends 12/16/18) USA Hockey Registration is $45 (price may vary) and equipment rental is $125 ($100 refundable). Call 217-753-2800 to sign up. Go to to sign up for a USA Hockey Registration.

Zooper Edventures
Hop on over to the Zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems in Zooper Edventures. Have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the Zoo and observe some beastly behavior! Pre-registration is required. Please register at least 24 hours before the class date. Call 217-585-1821 to register or for more information.

Winter Golf Training Program

The off season and winter is the perfect time to work on the physical limitations that can lead to inconsistencies in the golf swing. This 4 week program is designed to improve mobility, flexibility and stability and includes the Level 1 TPI Fitness Screen.
Because the golf swing happens so quickly, you need to optimize your body for the swing to create a consistent and powerful swing. You will discover and develop your body for golf by isolating motion-parts of the golf swing and putting them to the purposeful work of improving your swing. Through awareness, specific movement drills and repetition, you will learn to engage the right muscles in the correct sequence to improve efficiency in the backswing and downswing.
This introductory course will provide you with information for optimizing your body for golf. And, that means more mobility, rotational strength, clubhead speed distance and accuracy for any golfer at any level.
Get your swing and your body prepped for spring.
Call 217-786-4111 for more information or to sign up.