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Bike & Hike Days are Back!
Spring has sprung and it's time for Bike and Hike Days again in Washington Park!  Mon, Tue & Wed (modified loop) 4p - 6p and Sundays (full loop) 8am - 4pm.  Download map copies below!

Springfield Park District Master Plan Survey

Thank you for participating in a recent public meeting designed to solicit community input on the development of a comprehensive master plan for the Springfield Park District. The Springfield Park District values your thoughts and ideas.

To help us further evaluate our service, we would like to encourage you to complete our online survey. Please follow the attached link:

2016 Movies, Music and More in the Park
Summer is just around the corner and with that comes our Annual Movie and Music series in our wonderful parks!  Mark your calendars for these dates and events below.  First up... Our Movie, Friday May 13th at Erin's Pavilion.  Doors open at 6pm, movie to start at 7pm.  Showing: "Inside Out."

Our next event is Music in the Park on Sunday, May 22 from 3-6pm. Join us at the Washington Park Gazebo for the Frank Trompeter Quintet.

City Recess - School's Out! Plan to attend...
Kick off your summer fun with the Springfield Park District, genHkids, YMCA and Hy-vee on Saturday, May 21st 11am - 3pm at Lincoln Park!  City Recess - School's Out.  Bring your family and get outside and play!

Ladies Golf League at Bunn Golf Course
Ladies... Looking for a Golf League this Spring?  Well there are openings on the Ladies Golf League at Bunn Golf Course!  Plan to attend the information meeting on April 25th or email Karen Flather for more information!

May Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can stick on your fridge at home!

Summer Program Guide
Click the image below to download our FREE Summer Program Guide!

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

Masters Swim Practice
Have advanced swimming skills and want to practice them with others? Join us at Eisenhower Pool on Sundays from 8-9:30 a.m. and practice with either the aquatics director's workouts or other participant's workouts. This practice will run from January 3 - May 22. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

After School Recreation
Need a safe place for your children to go after school? Send them to Erin's Pavilion (Chatham) or the Nelson Center (Springfield) and they will eat a snack, participate in recreational activities, and have homework time as well. This program is $50/week for ages 5-23 and is for anyone with or without a disability. Call Annette at 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Alley Catz Bowling
Every Tuesday afternoon starting January 5 through November 29 from 3:15-4:45pm enjoy a great time bowling with others. You can either pay weekly or pay for an 8-week session. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 for more information or to sign up.

Out and About
Do you and your child have an adventurous side? We take a one-day trip to places around our area. Any admissions are included in the fee. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least two weeks before the scheduled event in order to reserve your spot.

Special Olympics: Softball
Get ready to run, hit, throw and catch with us for Special Olympics Softball at Lincoln Park on Sunday mornings from 9-10:30 am. April 3 is our first practice. For more information or to sign up call Annette at 217-503-4576.

BMX Track
The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track in Riverside Park. This track offers fun and adventure for all ages and ability levels. There is a $60 annual fee to become a member of the Springfield BMX Club. Practices and races run from April 3 - December 14. Practices are on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and races are on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Fencing is back for the summer! Sign up for as many sessions as you want and learn the basics or further develop your skills. Classes are held at the Nelson Center on Sunday afternoons. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

Summer Carillon Concerts
Listen to beautiful music three days a week! (and did we mention it's FREE?!) Join us on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at Washington Park to hear the beautiful bells play from May 1 until September 30. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Out and About: Summer
We are already planning for summer! Three great shows all at local, community theaters. Join us as we travel down the rabbit hole with Alice, sing at Weddings, and learn why Ariel wants to be part of our world. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 two weeks before each event to reserve your spot.

Beginner Pickleball
Pickleball is back! If you do not know how to play there is no need to worry. We are hear to teach you every Wednesday night beginning May 1 at Iles Park. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Aqua Aerobics
Get ready to improve your cardiovascular conditioning, stretching, and muscle toning. Classes start May 2 and run on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am until May 27 at Eisenhower Pool. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Diving Lessons
Ready for our diving summer sessions? Now that the winter weather has gone away we have lessons at Eisenhower and Veterans Memorial Pools from May 3 - August 31. Call 217-525-8847 for Eisenhower Pool lessons or 217-753-303 for Veterans Memorial Pool lessons.

Game Night
We are back for the summer with free nights of fun and games for anyone with or without a disability. From May 4 - August 31 every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm at Erin's Pavilion. In order to participate you must register by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least one week in advance.

No Bake Cooking Class
Cooking Classes are back! Join us and learn the basics of independent cooking. We will teach you how to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. For anyone with or without a disability. You must register one week in advance by calling Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

WILD About Reading
For just $1 join us at the Henson Robinson Zoo from 6-7pm and explore reading and imagination! We will read a story, make a craft, and visit with an animal. Call 217-585-1821 to register your child in advance.

Free May Dance
Ready to boogie?! These monthly dances are for anyone with our without a disability. The dance starts at 7pm and runs until 9pm at Erin's Pavilion. Make sure you dress semi-formal and bring your dancing shoes! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information.

Dr. Dolittle Day
Join the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturday, May 7 from 10am-6pm for a day full of animal programs, animal enrichment, scavenger hunts, and turtle races! Did we mention it is all FREE?! Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information.

Movies, Music & More in the Parks
The 2016 MIP season is here! Join us for all of these FREE and fun events throughout summer with your friends and family. Call 217-544-1751 for more information.

Sangamon Valley Iris Society Iris Show
The Sangamon Valley Iris Society is putting on an Iris Show on Saturday, May 14 from 12-4pm at the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall for FREE! If you love looking at and smelling beautiful flowers join us. For more information please call 217-546-4116.

Nelson Center Summer Camp
Registration is now open for the Nelson Center Summer Camp! How many camps do you know of that can teach your child how to swim and ice skate? Sign your child up for our camp and they will be swimming and skating all summer! From now until May 25 you will receive $10 off for early bird registration. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to register.

Camp L.E.A.P. Specail Needs Summer Camp
Registration is now open for Camp L.E.A.P. We have an entire summer planned out and each week there is always something new at Erin's Pavilion and the Nelson Center. It is $75 (per week)/resident and $85 (per week)/non-resident. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Preschool Summer Fun Camp
Do you have a child ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old that loves summer fun? We have the perfect camp for you! The camp will run from June 7 - July 14 (Tuesdays and Thursdays) at Washington Park Pavilion. You choose either 9-11:30am or 12:45-3:15pm. Registration is open and will remain open until all spots are full. Please call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours/Educational Programs
Have a group of kids that would love to learn about the garden? Getting family together and in need of finding fun activities to do? We offer FREE tours of the Gardens Monday-Friday between 9am and 3pm from now until September. You must call ahead to schedule a time. 217-546-4116.

Broomball Rentals
Get a team together and come out to the Nelson Center for a game of broomball. You and your team (ages 7+) will be wearing street clothes and sneakers on the ice... you do not even need ice skates! All equipment will be provided. Games are played on Friday and Saturday nights. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

Academy Bullets Swim Club
The Academy Bullets Swim Club is looking for swimmers of all abilities ages 5-18 to join their team. They promote development of strong and well-rounded athletes. Each swimmer will learn the four competitive swimming strokes plus racing turns and starts. "Every Swimmer, Every Day!"

Practices run nightly Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings at Eisenhower pool. For tryout information contact Jeff Skeels at

We have a new online forum called mySidewalk that community members can log onto and weigh in on crucial issues facing the Park District and share your feedback and what you would like to see for the future of recreation and parks in Springfield. Just follow the instructions below and go to We Want Your Feedback!

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