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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!

2016 Movies, Music and More in the Park
Summer is here and with that comes our Annual Movie and Music series in our wonderful parks! Mark your calendars for these dates and events below. Our next events are:

Music at Bergen Golf Course this Sunday, June 26 starting at 3:30pm

Deb Harrison's Pickleball Clinics
Deb Harrison is coming to Iles Park in July for Pickleball Clinics and lessons. Her lessons will be on Friday, July 29 between 10am and 5:15pm. Her clinics will be on Saturday, July 30 and Sunday July 31. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up. Hurry! The spots are filling up quickly!

2016 Movies, Music & More in the Parks Full Schedule
Be sure to save these dates for a full summer of fun with the Springfield Park District and our Movie and Music Series.  We would like to thank all of our generous sponsors for making it possible through financial contributions to host these FREE events to the community! Keep those pesky gnats away and don't forget the bug spray...

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!

2nd Annual Brew at the Zoo
Mark your calendars and plan to attend our 2nd Annual Brew at the Henson Robinson Zoo!  Go to to get your advance tickets before they sell out!

June 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!

Facility Guide
Click the image below to download our free 2016 Facility Guide!

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:

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.

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.

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.

Carillon Tours
Carillon tours start in May and run until the end of September. Tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm and 6pm. Tours are $4/adult and $3/child (under 16). Call 217-546-3853 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.

Never Played Pickleball?
Pickleball is back! If you do not know how to play there is no need to worry. We are here to teach you every Wednesday night beginning May 1 at Iles Park. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

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.

Tennis Clinics and Camps
Summer is coming and that means that tennis is back! Join us for clinics and camps all summer long. Each clinic and camp is located at Washington Park. If you would like to sign up or want more information please call 217-546-4103.

Sliders Home Schedule
Love cheering for our Springfield Sliders at Robin Roberts Stadium? Now you will never miss a home game. Go and cheer with all the Sliders fans and even get a picture with Speedy!

Masters Swim Practice
Have advanced swimming skills and want to practice them with others? Join us at Nelson Center 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 May 29 - September 4. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Zooper Edventures Classes
Join the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturdays in June and July from 1-3pm for Zooper Edventures Classes. Your 5-6 year-old will discover more about animals and their ecosystems. They will also have fun with animals games, crafts and zoo exploration. Advanced registration is required. Please call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.

Fitness in the Parks
Hurry! There is still time to get signed up for this great NEW summer program with the Springfield Park District and the YMCA! Head out into our scenic parks and join a Bootcamp Class? a Yoga Class? or how about some Zumba? Plan your summer fitness goals with us!

Register Online with the YMCA at: Or call for more information: 217-679-1625

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.

Urban Fishing Program
This free fishing program is designed to teach children to fish. It will run Mondays - Fridays from June 6 - August 5 from 9-11:30am or 1-3:30pm. The program will have an educational period and an actual fishing time. The program will focus on safety, fishing techniques and aquatic ecology. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided. An adult must stay with the child. The program is limited to about 20 children, and a reservation is required by calling 217-546-3970.

Junior Golf Camp
The Springfield Park District Junior Golf Camp consists of 9 hours instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping, and full-swing instruction as well as an opportunity to play in a scramble format. For more information please contact Lance at 217-698-6049. Download the registration form at

Zoo Camp
Does your wild child love learning about animals? Then join the flock for a three day adventure at the zoo in Zoo Camp! Games, crafts, zoo hikes, and other fun learning activities help us to explore the animal world on zoo grounds and our air-conditioned classroom. Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821.

Swim Lessons
Summer is fast approaching and our lessons are here at all three of our pools! We have small group, group, semi-private, and private swim lessons available for all ages. For more information see the flyer below or call 217-525-8847.

Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Show
The Central Illinois Daylily Society presents their open house Plant Show. Beautiful examples of daylilies will be on display at the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall on June 25 from 12-3pm. Join us for this FREE show! Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

Nature Buddies: Natural Boats and River Fun
Nature Buddies is a FREE nature club dedicated to positive interactive experiences in nature for central Illinois families. Family units consisting of at least one parenting adult or guardian with their child or children are invited to join us. Get ready for some Boats and River Fun on June 26 at Riverside Park from 3-4pm!

Elite Hockey Camp
Glide on in for Elite Hockey Camp at the Nelson Center! Starting June 27 and running through July 1 Monday-Friday from 8am-12:30pm. This skills development camp is for ages 7-14. If you would like to sign up go to Call 618-530-0649 with any questions.

Special Olympics: Bocce
Special Olympics Bocce will run from July 1-October 10 at Southwind Park every Friday (weather permitting) from 6-7pm. This is a one-on-one event or a doubles event. You will learn the game of bocce and then be able to compete! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Saturday Evening Special: Fourth of July
Join us for the first of our Saturday Evening concerts with the carillon on July 2 at 6:30pm. These concerts are FREE and available for all ages. Bring out a blanket, picnic basket, chairs and enjoy the show! This concert will be featuring the Fourth of July! Call 217-546-3853 for more information. Check out or event page here.

Dance: Session 2
Our next session of dance will begin soon! Join us on Wednesday nights at the Nelson Center for East Coast Swing, Waltz & Foxtrot, and Tango! Call 217-544-1751 for more information or to sign up.

Zoofari is a Summer Free day on Saturday, July 9 to come and enjoy the Henson Robinson Zoo from 10am - 6pm. Bring your favorite stuffed animal friend to our Teddy Bear Clinic for a check up from 10am - 4 pm. Take time to learn about the animals of summer and the amazing animals that live right in your own backyard. There will be animal programs during the day. Call 217-585-1821 for more information.

Drysdale Jr. Golf Tournament
The Drysdale Golf Tournament is running July 11-14 at all four of our golf courses and at Illini Golf Courses. Tournament is open to men and women ages 8-22. Registration is due on Monday, July 4 and the forms are found here: Call 217-522-2633 for more information.

Springfield Women's City Tournament
Tee up for the Women's City Tournament with the Springfield Park District! Two days of play on Bunn and Lincoln Greens Golf Courses. Registration is due by noon on July 21 and the tournament runs from July 23-24. Go to our golf website for more information and to download the registration form.

Brew at the Zoo
The 2nd Annual Brew at the Henson Robinson Zoo! Join us on July 23 from 5-9pm for a night of beer, wine and music. Learn more about the work of the Central IL American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) and visit with Members of the Animal Protective League.

We will have local Craft Beers & local Wineries, Cash Bar & Softdrinks. Purchase food from Twyford's BBQ Food Truck and there will be Minute to Win It Games, Animal Encounters, Photo Booth by Prestige Entertainment and live music with Brandy Kristen & the Revival. Tickets only $20 in advance and includes 4 samplings and live entertainment. $25 at the door.

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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