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Bathroom Openings
The Springfield Park District will be opening all bathrooms across the district on April 1.

Check out What's Happening with the Springfield Figure Skating Club!
The Springfield Figure Skating Club (SFSC) is one of our long-time partners and user groups at the Nelson Center Ice Rinks.  Check out this month's newsletter to see all that they have going on and save the date for their upcoming events!  Read more below:

Preschool in the Park
Enroll your child in our Preschool in the Park program at Washington Park for the 2017-2018 year! We have 3-5 year old mixed aged classes and you can pick 2, 3 and 5 day options. Call Debbie at 217-546-3970 for more information.

Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Camp is five days of all day activities. Chatham School District will be at Erin's Pavilion from March 20-24 and District 186 will be at the Nelson Center from April 10-14. Each day lasts from 7:30am until 5:30pm. You do not have to have a disability to attend. The day will include recreational activities a well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch and a drink each day. No candy or soda please! Call 217-585-2941 ext, 2303 to sign up.

Bags and BMX
Come join The Springfield BMX Club in bags and BMX. Sign ups start at 1:00pm at 4115 Sandhill Rd, Springfield, IL 62702. It cost s$20 per team and $10 per individual. There will be food and drinks (non-alcoholic)available for purchase. Funds will be used for track repairs, awards and the purchase of equipment for less fortunate kids! There will be cash prizes for the top two teams (adult and kids bracket) and a 50/50 Raffle. Add the Facebook event to your calendar.

Spring Floral Display
Easter Lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Washington Park Botanical Garden Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the 44th Annual Spring Floral Display. The display opens up on April 1 at noon and will run until April 16 at 5pm. Saturdays and Sundays the display will be open from 12-5pm and Mondays-Fridays the display will be open from 12-4pm. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

April Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie at Erin's Pavilion on Friday, March 3 from 7-9pm! It is free and for individuals of all ages and abilities. Come dance and hang out with friends. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Lily Give-A-Way
Come and get lily bulbs for your garden! The Garden will be giving away Easter lilies from the Spring Floral Display to Garden Members. The lilies will be removed from their pots so bring your own containers to take them home. Become a Garden Member today and enjoy the plant giveaways and all the other special member benefits! Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Orchid Info and Repotting Workshop
The Garden welcomes members of the Prairie State Orchid Society for a program on basic orchid care and repotting of orchids. Members will be on hand on Saturday, April 22 from 9am-12pm to repot your orchids and give advice on your orchids particular needs. Some of the members will have their personal orchids on display. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

February Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge!

Winter Program Guide
Our Winter Program Guide is here! Make sure you check out our locations to pick up your copy or at any Illinois Times Stand. You can also click the image below and download our free guide right to your computer!

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:

After School Recreation - PowerPlay! Beyond School
We will be offering an afterschool program for individuals with disabilities starting August 17 (for Chatham Schools) and August 22 (for Springfield schools). This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. For more information or to sign up contact Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

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 September 11 - May 21. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Springfield Jr. Blues Home Game Schedule
Here are all the home games for the Springfield Jr. Blues. Season tickets can be purchased here.

The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course  features a dirt track complete with jumps and turns. The track offers fun and adventure for all ages and ability levels. There is a low $60 annual fee to become a member of the Springfield BMX Club. Look for exciting regional gold cup qualifiers and other major races this year! For more information go to the Springfield BMX Facebook Page. Practices are on Wednesdays from 5-8pm and races are on Sundays from 1-2pm. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Aqua Aerobics
Aqua Aerobics classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run monthly from January through April and are on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am each day. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

Winter Carillon Concerts
Listen to beautiful carillon music from January 4 - April 30 (weather permitting). Music will be played on Sundays at 2:00pm and 4:00pm and on Wednesdays at noon. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Game Night
Join us for a night of games! Games will be geared toward the group and played every Wednesday from January 4 - April 26 from 5:30-6:30pm. Play games such as BINGO, Uno, card games, puzzles, Sorry! and more! All participants must register one week in advance. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to register.

Diving Lessons
This program provides the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Lessons are available to all levels of participants; from Beginner to Competitive (participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program). Sessions run monthly from January 5-April 30. Call 217-525-8847 to sign up or for more information.

Cooking Classes
This class will teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition and healthy eating. Classes are every Thursday for four weeks per session. Sessions are available from January-April. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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 from January 6 - April 29. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

Swim Lessons
We offer four different kinds of swim lessons to fit your needs: Parent/Tot (ages 2-4), Group (ages 5+), Semi-Private (ages 3+) and Private (ages 2+). Each class is taught by trained instructors and staff. See flyer below for more information. Call Eisenhower pool at 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

These classes meet once a week for four weeks. We will introduce the foil weapon along with proper techniques for fencing. All fencing gear is provided. Classes start in January and run until the end of April. Classes are Sunday afternoons starting at 1:00pm. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

Popcorn and a Movie
You can share your movie with us or we will choose one for you! The Springfield Park District will come to your individual group home with popcorn and a G or PG movie. This opportunity is available from January 9 - April 30 between 8am and 5pm. You must schedule your date at least three weeks in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Special Olympics: Powerlifting
Bench press, squats and deadlift are all events you can compete in for Special Olympics Powerlifting. Become a member of our powerlifting team. This program begins on January 10 and continues on every Tuesday until June for Summer Games. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Dance Classes
Learn how to dance Ballroom and Latin with us at the Nelson Center on Wednesday nights from 6:00-9:30pm starting on January 11. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 or 217-533-0446 for more information or to sign up.

Jr. Blues Games with Special Recreation
Hockey is a fast-paced game of agility and speed. Watch the action as the Jr. Blues take on other teams in the Midwest Division. Special Recreation will be attending four Friday night games this season. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Pizza and a Movie
We will meet at Erin's Pavilion for a pizza lunch then head out to a local movie theater to watch a movie. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Out and About
We take one-day trips outside and around our area. Any admissions are included in the fee. These trips are available to anyone with our without a disability. You must register at least two weeks in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Zooper Edventures
Hop on over to the Henson Robinson 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 by calling 217-585-1821.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot Classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler (ages 2-5) to share a special, fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games and more! (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Saturday session). Call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up. Classes fill up quickly so call soon to reserve your spot(s)!

Project H.O.W.L.
In Project H.O.W.L. we Help Out Wild Life! In our Zoo classroom, we will learn about animals and their ecosystems, and on zoo grounds, we will present enrichment items to enhance those animals' lives and stimulate new behaviors. Advance registration is required. Please register at east 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.

Special Olympics: Soccer
Kicking, running, dribbling down the field to score a goal! Become a member of our Special Olympics Soccer team or skills. The season starts on February 21 and runs every Tuesday from 9-10:30am until June 6. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Learn to Skate: Session 2
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 before March 1 ($60/resident & $70/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 BY CALLING 217-753-2800!

DekHockey Spring Tournament
Springfield DekHockey is having a Spring Tournament on April 1 & 2 for all age groups! Teams consist of 7-10 players. If you do not have a team you can register for $25 and we will place you on a team. The deadline to register is March 15. Email to register. Call Patrik at 563-949-6492 with questions.

Group Golf Lessons
The Springfield Park District will offer a series of four 1-hour golf lessons to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings throughout the spring. Taught by PGA Professionals, each session will provide instruction on all aspects of the game including pre-shot fundamentals, putting, chipping and full swing.

Students will also get to go on the course and learn proper etiquette and the Rules of Golf. In addition, each student will receive a certificate for one 9-hole round of golf to be used at either Bergen or Pasfield G.C.

Lessons for ages 6-17 and 18+ will run from April 18-27 on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Group 1A will receive lessons from 5:30-6:30pm and Group 1B will receive lessons from 6:30-7:30pm.

Register at Lincoln Greens beginning March 15 or by calling 217-786-4111.

Spring DekHockey Leagues
Dekhockey - a NEW sport outside the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park! Springfield DekHockey is a sport for youth and adults that is literally hockey without skates. The outdoor Dekhockey rink was built right next to the Nelson Center. It will be under lights with a scoreboard and a proshop. Jr and Adult Spring Leagues start up this spring and registration for adults ends on March 17 and for Jrs ends on March 23. Contact Springfield Dekhockey at 217-741-1164 & 563-949-6492 to get signed up or for more information! You can also register individually or as a team online at or email at Check them out on Facebook @SpringfieldDekhockey.

Skating for Hockey
Skating for Hockey is a NEW program for beginner and intermediate hockey players ages 3-15. This program will emphasize skating techniques in the areas of; speed, precision, edge control and agility in the game of hockey. All participants must first pass this course prior to joining any of our youth hockey programs. Each participant must be in full hockey equipment. Rental equipment is available for $125 ($100 refund when all equipment is returned). Save $100 with Early Bird Registration (ends March 12).

In order to participate in this program you MUST FILL OUT BOTH REGISTRATION FORMS BY MARCH 18:

  1. USA Hockey Registration:
    You must become a member and register online here.
  2. Springfield Park District/Nelson Center Registration:
    You may print out our Registration Form or pick up a form at the Nelson Center.

NEW Men's Wood Bat Summer Softball
Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Games are played on Mondays at Lincoln Park from 6-10pm. Games will run from April 10 - June 26. Register soon! We will take a maximum of eight teams and registration ends on March 22. Call Sean at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to sign up.

Co-Ed and Men's Summer Softball
These are recreational leagues designed for both men and women. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Co-Ed games are played at Lincoln and Iles Parks on Wednesdays from 6-10pm from April 12 - June 28 and Men's games are played at Iles and Hobbs Parks on Thursdays from 6-10 pm from April 13 - June 29. The deadline to register is March 22 by calling 217-544-1751 ext. 2303.

On/Off Ice Hockey Camp
Springfield DekHockey and the Springfield Park District have teamed up to host On/Off Ice Hockey Camp for March 25 & 26 at the Nelson Center for girls and boys ages 6-15. Each day will consist of stations where your future NHL star will practice power skating, stick n puck handling and shooting. They will participate in battles and chalk talk (learn about proper nutrition, stretching and training). There will also be drills each day on the ice, off the ice (DekHockey), goalie drills and agility drills. Patrik Levesque will be coaching this camp. Patrik has over ten years of professional hockey experience under his belt so your hockey player is guaranteed to learn a lot more about hockey. For more information call Patrik at 563-949-6492 or register by emailing

Hockey Development: Spring Clinic
Our Hockey Development: Spring Clinic is a six week clinic designed to specially challenge players of all abilities in skating. stick handling, passing, shooting, scoring, teamwork and game concepts with a fun and engaging environment. In order to register you must have successfully completed our Learn to Play 2 Hockey Program. This clinic will run on Mondays from March 27 until May 1 at the Nelson Center. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Special Olympics:Tennis
Learn to hit, volley and serve. Tennis can be great exercise! Become a member of our Special Olympics Tennis team. With singles and doubles. Practices start on April 2 and run through June 1 from 9-10:30am every Sunday. If you are eight or older and love tennis or want to learn more about tennis, than this is for you! The location of our practices has not yet been determined. Please call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Summer Junior Golf League
The Pasfield Junior Golf League is an eight week program that runs from early June through early August. The program provides junior golfers ages 8-13 the opportunity to play in a weekly organized 9-hole golf league with various formats of play. The junior league is NOT an instructional program. It is recommended that participants have had some experience on the golf course.

Registration begins Monday, April 17, 2017 at 6:30am at Pasfield Golf Course. When registration forms become available, you can download them here.

Junior Golf Camps
The Springfield Park District Junior Golf Camps consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping and full swing instruction. Kids will also have an opportunity to play in a scramble format.

Pasfield Gold Course
Monday, April 24 at 6:30am
$90/per camp per child (limit one camp per child)

CAMP #1: June 5-8 from 9am - 12pm each day
CAMP #2: June 19-22 from 9am - 12pm each day
CAMP #3: July 24-27 from 9am - 12pm each day

Call 217-698-6049 for more information or go to the Camp Registration Page for more information.

Special Olympics: Softball
Catching, batting, throwing! Softball is a team sport and you must have prior experience in order to play. We invite you to join the program starting April 29 with the district competition in July. Practices are on Saturday mornings from 9-10:30am at Lincoln Park Softball Field. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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

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