Park News

Special Recreation visits the Hoogland
Springfield Special Recreation goes to local theater at The Hoogland Center for the Arts to enjoy some performances by local actors. Each show will be from 1:30pm to 4:30pm on Sundays. Any admissions are included in the fee. You must register 2 weeks in advance for this program by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

The True Adventures of Aladdin on February 18. This is a play that follows the story of Aladdin and is performed by young actors.

Beauty and the Beast on March 25. The Academy Award-winning film comes to life in this romantic and beloved take on the classic fairy tale.

Robin Hood on April 22. This is a play that follows Robin Hood and his merry men as they combat the sleazy Sheriff in thrilling sword fights to help the people of Sherwood Forest.

Have fun and take part in this new, competitive, recreational, exciting, and fast paced sport! Dekhockey is a form of off-ice hockey played on foot, using a ball, in a rink with a sport court surface. Making it an accessible sport since it requires no skill to ice skate. Dekhockey is a non-contact sport, allowing talent and coordination to become dominant factors. Running, stick handling, passing, and shooting are the basics needed for this fast and exciting game. A sport in which the whole family can participate!

We have leagues that run from April-October. To register online individually or as a team go to or email for a registration form. If you have any questions please call 217-741-1164. Follow Springfield DekHockey on Facebook.

Spring Floral Display
Easter Lilies and lush tropical foliage fill the Washington Park Exhibit Hall and Conservatory for the 45th Annual Spring Floral Display. This free event will run from March 24 through April 8 Monday through Friday from 12:00pm to 4:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Spotlight on Ice
The Springfield Figure Skating Club presents Spotlight on Ice 2018! Come watch the figure skaters perform on March 24 at 2:00pm and 7:00pm and March 25 at 2:00pm in the Nelson Center. Check out the Springfield Figure Skating Club's website. Follow the SFSC on Facebook. This year they will perform Broadway shows on ice! This year’s show features Something Rotten, The Chocolate Factory, Sleeping Beauty, Huckleberry Finn, Superheroes, and Little Shop of Horrors! Add their Facebook event to your calendar.

Spring Break Camp
Spring Break camp is 6 days of all day activities. This camp is for anyone with or without a disability ages 5-25. 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 or soda please! Camp starts on March 30 and runs through April 6 (Mondays-Fridays). Drop-off is at 7:30 am and pick-up is at 5:30pm each day at the Nelson Center in Lincoln Park.

Spring Break Zoo Camp
Spend your Spring Break with the WILD ONES at the Henson Robinson Zoo! Spring Break Zoo Camp has full-day and half-day camp options. Gross-ology is available only on March 30 from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Half-day camps are available from April 2 through 6. Creature Powers is from 8:30am to 12:30pm and Zoo Vet is from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. If you would like your child to experience a full-day week of camps, you can combine the A.M. and P.M. camps for $70 extra (1/2 day camps are $100/week so you save $30)! For more information on each of the camps see the flyer below. Call the Zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

GO!217 Workout in the Park
Join us on Thursday, April 5 at 6:00pm for a free workout. This workout will be at Erin's Pavilion at Southwind Park. Bring water and a friend! Check out the GO 217 Facebook Page or for more information.

Special Recreation April Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie for our monthly semi-formal dance at Erin's Pavilion. This dance is free to individuals of all abilities ages seven and up! Come dance and hang out with friends on Friday, April 6 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. 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 on April 10 from 9:00am to 3:00pm. The lilies will be removed from their pots so bring your own containers to take them home. GARDEN MEMBERS ONLY. Become a member today and enjoy the plant giveaways! Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

How to Train a Princess/Prince
In this one-day Saturday class on April 14 from 10:00am to 11:30am, your child will learn to be a princess or a prince. We will do fun activities including making a crown and a scepter and making a royal treat! This is a child-only class so parents will drop their child off for the class. It is located at Washington Park Pavilion Pre-school and for ages 3-5 years old. Call director at 217-546-3970 to sign up.

Parents' Night Out: Lincoln Greens
Need an evening without the kids? Go out for a night on the town feeling confident that your little ones are safe and having the time of their lives on Friday, April 20 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm. This incredible evening for your children is filled with a variety of fun games, rides and activities, and they won’t want the night to end! And don’t worry about food – we’ll take care of that too!

Enjoy the fun and excitement of Minute to Win It games. These are games or tasks that must be completed in a minute.

Special Recreation visits the Abraham Lincoln Museum
Springfield, IL has all the great Abe Lincoln sites. We will be visiting the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Sunday, May 6th from 12:00pm to 3:00pm. This museum documents the life of the 16th U.S. President. Learn the history of this great President. Must be at least 8-years-old to participate in this field trip. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up (must register at least 2 weeks in advance).

March Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Click the image below for a print-friendly version.

Winter/Spring Program and Facility Guide
Our Winter/Spring Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy on Illinois Times stands around Springfield. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District! Click the image below to download a pdf to your computer.

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 after school program for individuals with or without disabilities. This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. Chatham Schools (Erin's Pavilion) will begin this program on August 16 and District 186 (Nelson Center) will begin on August 21. Both school districts' after school programs will run from 2:00-5:30pm Monday-Friday. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign your child up. You must sign up at least 2 weeks in advance.

Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. The participants can attempt to complete workouts assigned by the Aquatics director and/or participants. This program is offered for advanced swimmers at Eisenhower pool. Masters Swim Practice is on Sunday mornings from 8:00-9:30am from September 10, 2017 through May 20, 2018. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up for a year lap pass.

Springfield Jr Blues Home Schedule
Check out the image below and find out when you will be able to go cheer on the Springfield Jr Blues this season! Call 217-525-2589, visit their website at or download their app!

This is a drop-in hockey session designed for participants to practice hockey skill development at the Nelson Center. Sometimes games are played and organized by the players. Players MUST have full hockey gear (we do not provide hockey equipment). This program is for ages 15 and up and starts on January 1 and runs until April 30 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm Mondays through Fridays. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Adult Skills Development
Learn and work on the basics of hockey in a drop-in atmosphere. A great early morning workout! This program is for beginners on up! Players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey equipment. This program runs on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 6:00am to 7:30am at the Nelson Center from January 2 through April 26 for ages 15 and up. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Alley Catz Bowling
Yearlong bowling program that consists of six, 8-week sessions. You can pay $2 per week or $16 per session which is 8 weeks. If you choose to pay weekly, you must have your money ready that day or you will be charged the session rate. The Alley Catz bowling league offers a great opportunity for socializing. You can register the day of at the bowling alley. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Diving Lessons
This diving program will provide the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn, perfect and compete in the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Our instructors, Elisha Herr & Matt Woodson will be coaching all levels of participants. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – Sessions begin in January and end in May (one session per month). See flyer below for exact dates and times. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Bingo Night
Join us for a night of fun and play BINGO! We play cover all, four corners, and regular Bingo. Join us for FREE on Wednesdays at Erin's Pavilion from 5:30pm to 6:30pm from January 3 through April 25. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class with teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. All participants must register one week in advance! There will be one session of classes each month on Thursdays from January through April. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. For ages 18 and older. Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am at Eisenhower Pool. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Broomball Rentals
Groups can play broomball and organize their own teams while wearing street clothes and shoes on the ice. Ice skates are not needed. Equipment provided. Rentals are available from January 5 through April 27 from 9:00pm to 11:00pm on Fridays and Saturdays. Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up for a rental.

Winter Adult Learn to Play Hockey
This is a drop-in program that offers first-time hockey players a chance to get on the ice and experience the GREAT sport of Hockey! We will use the first 30 minutes to instruct participants on how to skate properly, allowing the remainder of the time for practice and/or pick-up games. Rental Skates are provided and players must have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear.  Limited space available. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to get signed 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. Anyone ages seven and older with or without a disability can attend. All games will be played at the Nelson Center. All participants must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Swim Lessons
Eisenhower Pool will have three sessions of swim lessons throughout winter and spring. There are four separate lessons to choose from: Parent/Tot, Group. Semi-Private and Private. Choose the the lessons that is right for you. See the flyer below for details. Call 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. See the flyer below for details. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

Carillon Winter Concerts
Carlo van Ulft, the Park District’s carillonist will play a wide variety of classical, folk and popular music for the winter season. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts will be on Sunday afternoons and Wednesdays at noon from January 7 through April 29 (weather permitting). Call 217-546-3853 with questions, go to or the Carillon Facebook page.

Ballroom Dance Program
Learn how to Ballroom Dance with Ron and Paula! This season they will be teaching Basic Ballroom, Basic East Coast Swing, the Hustle, the Rhumba, the Salsa and the Tango. Dance classes will be on Wednesday nights at the Nelson Center. See the flyer below for more information. Call Ron & Paula at 217-553-0446 for more information or to sign up.

Zooper Edvenures Classes
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! Classes will be on specific Saturdays from February through April from 1:00pm to 3:00pm for ages 5-6 or ages 7-9. Pre-registration is required at least 24 hours before the class date. Call 217-585-1821 to reserve your spot or for more information. For specific class dates see the flyer below.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler (ages 2 to 5) to share a 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). See the flyer below for more information. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up (advance registration is required, and classes fill quickly).

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 least 24 hours before the class date by calling 217-585-1821.

BMX Track

The Springfield Park District and Springfield BMX have partnered together to offer a full BMX track and an all-inclusive BMX program that provides recreational programs for children and adults. The track itself is nestled in upper Riverside Park. This unique BMX course features a dirt track complete with jumps and asphalt turns. Springfield BMX strives to provide a high quality ABA (American Bicycle Association) program, in fact, riders from Springfield BMX compete in top level competition such as: Worlds, Nationals, and State Championships. Winning titles in all three and have for years! Check out their Facebook page: Springfield BMX

Open from March 2018 - November 2018
Practices: Wednesdays, 5:30-7:30pm - $5 fee 
Races: Sundays (registration 1-2pm) - $12 fee

USABMX Membership: 
Cost: $60 
Can be purchased at the track during operating hours. 
Contact: Jeremy Barlow Track Operator at 217-931-2680, email or Eve Barlow Track Operator 217-685-9193

Track Hours:
Closed Jan-Feb 
Reopens March 2018 
The BMX Club operates the track at Riverside Park seven days per week

Public Hours:
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays - Dawn to Dusk 
Wednesdays - 5:30-7:30pm

Riders are required to have helmets, closed toe shoes, long pants and it is recommended to have long sleeves.

Group Golf Lessons
The Springfield Park District will offer a series of four 1-hour group golf lessons to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from April 17-26. Taught by PGA & LPGA 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 an opportunity 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 Pasfield or Bergen G.C. Register at Lincoln Greens or by calling 217-786-4111.

Men's Wood Bat Summer Softball
Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. Minimum of 4 teams and maximum of 8 teams for this age 18+ league. Games are played with wooden bats only at Lincoln Park on Mondays from 6:00pm to 10:00pm! Games begin on April 9 and run through June 25. Make sure you register by March 21st by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

Men's and Co-Ed Summer Softball
These are recreational leagues designed for both men and women. Each team plays 10 regular season games and a single elimination tournament. All co-ed games are played on Wednesdays at Lincoln and Iles Parks. All Men's games are played on Thursdays at Iles and Hobbs Parks. Games are played from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. We have extended the deadline to March 28. Make sure you register by calling Sean Dickerson at 217-544-1751 ext. 1012.

Silly Snakes
Special Recreation BINGO Night
Springfield Art Assocoaiton
Silly Snakes
Carillon Concert
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