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Winter Outdoor Ice Skating
Ice skating is currently closed due to the warmer weather. Be sure to check our What's New and Facebook pages daily for updates and always use best judgement before heading out on the ice at our local park ponds.  Make sure you check out the flyer below so you stay safe skating this winter.

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:

Holiday Camp: Presidents Day
You do not have to have a disability to attend Holiday Camp: Presidents Day on Monday, February 20. An afternoon snack will be provided. The day will include recreational activities as well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day (no candy and soda please). Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Try Hockey for Free
Come and enjoy the fun on the ice! Try Hockey for Free will be on Saturday, February 25 from 12:30-1:30pm at the Nelson Center. This event provides kids ages 3-12 a completely FREE experience to try youth hockey. We will have coaches on the ice to assist your child in learning the basics. Your son or daughter does not need previous skating or hockey experience. Call 217-753-2800 for more information. Register online at

FREE Girls Lacrosse Clinic
Does your daughter want to play Lacrosse but you don't know where to start? Have her try Lacrosse for FREE at GOALS Indoor Sports on Sunday, February 26 at 6pm. Call Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 before February 21 and she will receive a FREE Girls Lacrosse T-Shirt! Add our Facebook Event to your calendar.

March 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.

Holiday Camp: Casimir Pulaski Day
You do not have to have a disability to attend Holiday Camp: Casimir Pulaski Day on Monday, March 6. An afternoon snack will be provided. The day will include recreational activities as well as arts and crafts projects. Bring a cold sack lunch with a drink each day (no candy and soda please). Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Ice Jamz: Teen Night
Spend Friday night ice skating with your friends at the Nelson Center Ice Rink! Enjoy the show, music, games, giveaways and more! This fun event s for teens ages 13-17 and runs from 8-10pm. It is only $10 (if you rent skates) and $8 (if you bring your own skates). Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information.

Preschool in the Park
Enroll your child in our Preschool in the Park program for the 2017-2018 year! We have 3-5 year old mixed aged classes and you can pick 2, 3 and 5 day options. Washington Park Preschool registration is on Tuesday, March 14 from 9:30am - 12pm. Call Debbie at 217-546-3970 for more information.

Spotlight on Ice
Join us at the Nelson Center Ice Arena for "Broadway Rhythms." The Springfield Figure Skating Club will be entertaining with music from "Fosse," "Oliver," "Camelot," "Guys and Dolls," "Aladdin," "Charlie Brown" and "The Music Man." General admission tickets are $12 for adults and $7 for kids (12 and under). Tickets are available at the Nelson Center and at Schnucks. For more information email Add the Facebook event to your calendar.

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.

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.

Lacrosse Players Wanted
WANTED: Players to join the CAPLAX team! Looking for girls and boys ages 6-18 for the 2017 season. Call Sean Dickerson by March 6 at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 to register.

Little Blackhawks
The Springfield Park District is working in conjunction with the Springfield Youth Hockey Association and the Chicago Blackhawks to promote and create a strong Hockey Program with the NEW Little Blackhawks Learn to Play Program.

Your Little Blackhawk will learn:

  • skating
  • stick-handling
  • passing
  • responsibility
  • respect
  • teamwork
  • important character traits
Hockey Jerseys, equipment and skates are included in the cost. You must complete an online registration form here and an online order form under the Equipment Guide here by March 6. Hockey equipment will be distributed at the Nelson Center on Saturday, March 11 from 11am-3pm.

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!

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.

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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