Park News

Park and Chill
Park and Chill at the Washington Park Concession Stand is NOW OPEN! They are serving handmade Italian ice, ice cream sundaes, and other frozen treats. Hours are from Tuesday through Sunday from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. Follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

2018 Movie & Music Series Schedule
It's that time of year again!  Find your fun, find your smile when you join the Springfield Park District all summer long at any one of our FREE Movie & Music events in the parks.  Check out the schedule below for full details!  And we want to give a SHOUT OUT to our most generous sponsors.  Without these organizations and local businesses, we would not be able to put on this summer series for the community for FREE!

MIP: Celtic Fest
Come out to the Washington Park Picnic Shelter & Playground on Sunday, September 16 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm for the Celtic Fest! This will be our last MIP event for the summer. The Emerald Underground, Elk Pipes and Drums, and Skibbereen will be preforming. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Leaf Identification Hike
Does your child have a leaf collection project for school this year? Help get that homework done in this fun educational way with our leaf identification hike. We will be collecting over 50 leaves. Please bring a spiral notebook and pencil. Dress for the outdoors. Pre-registration and parent/adult chaperones are required. Call 217-546-4116 for more information or to register.

Special Recreation Camping Trip #1
Enjoy a night under the stars out at Lake Sangchris with the Springfield Park District! Learn camping fundamentals with this overnight trip. Meet at Erin's Pavilion on September 15 at noon and we will arrive back at Erin's Pavilion on September 16 at 11:00am. Rain Date: October 20th-21st. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Round the Town Golf Tournament
Two-Day Adult Golf Tournament. Pick your own duo! Saturday, September 15th at Lincoln Greens and Sunday, September 16th at Bunn. Tee times will be from 8:00am through 11:00am. The format will be best ball on the front nine and scramble on the back nine on Saturday and scramble on the front nine and alternate shot on the back nine on Sunday. All teams will be flighted following the second round. Tournament prizes will be in the form of pro shop credit at Pasfield Golf Course and must be claimed by the start of the 2019 tournament. Please return the entry form along with payment for BOTH players to: Pasfield Golf Course, 1700 W. Lawrence Ave, Springfield, IL 62704. Please make checks payable to “Pasfield Golf Course”. Call (217) 698-6049 for information.

Special Recreation at Disney on Ice
Discover the full story of Disney's Frozen like never before at Disney on Ice on September 23 at 2:30pm at the BOS Center. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

City Wide Hymn Fest
Join us on Sunday, September 23 at 3:30pm and sing along with the bells of the Carillon. Call 217-546-3853 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation at Movie Under the Lights
Come watch a holiday favorite, Hocus Pocus, under the stars with us at Bomke's Patch! We will be meeting in the lobby at the Nelson Center around 5:00pm on September 28. Bring blankets and/or lawn chairs. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Fur, Feather, Fin Fall Fling
Come out to the Zoo for our annual last blast of the season. 

  • Visit with Vendors
  • Learn all about how animals prepare in the Fall for Winter
  • Children’s games and crafts

You won’t want to miss this event! Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-585-1821 for more information.

Movie Tuesday: "The House with a Clock in its Walls"
Join us on selected Tuesdays to go out to the movies! Fees for this program include the price of the movie (The House with a Clock in its Walls - Rated PG), popcorn, and a drink. Drop off and pick up will be determined closer to the movie date (October 2). Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Night Golf
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 6th, NIGHT GOLF IS BACK! This fun round of golf will definitely test your depth perception and leave you wanting more! The Two-Person Alternate Shot format is always a great time! Additionally, by playing alternate shot, we can have four teams per hole. Get your friends lined up and register today! Don't delay as we only have room for 36 two-person teams! Shotgun Start at 7:00p.m. so make sure you arrive at 6:30p.m. at Pasfield Golf Course (1700 W. Lawrence). Rain Date - October 20. Call 217-698-6049 for more information and fill out the registration form here.

Candlelight Tour
The Candlelight Walk offers the only opportunity to see the village at night. Learn about life in 19th century Illinois. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Federal Holiday Camp: Columbus Day
This day camp is offer on most Federal Holidays. Sign up by calling 217-503-4576. Columbus Day Camp will be on Monday, October 8 from 8:00am to 5:30pm at the Nelson Center.

Special Recreation at Rockin Nite Maze
Navigate the corn maze under the stars with only glowsticks, flashlights, and rockin 80’s music on Friday, October 12 at 5:00pm. Bring a flashlight and dress for the cool evening. We will meet at the Nelson Center and then head over to Bomke's Patch. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Going Batty over Halloween
In this one day class, we will do fun fall activities: going on a pumpkin hunt and make a fall craft and make a yummy mummy treat. There is a limit of 12. Child-only class (ages 3-5), parents drop off child. Call the director at 217-546-3970 to sign up for this class. Payment is due day of class.

Carve for the Carillon
Bring your family and join the Springfield Park District to carve thousands of pumpkins to be displayed at the Jack-o-Lantern Spectacular. We will supply the pumpkins and some carving tools. Please bring any special carving tools you may require. Carve as many pumpkins as you wish. WHILE SUPPLIES LAST! Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Special Recreation visits The St. Louis City Museum
Have a fun-filled day of play. Climb, slide and play around this interactive museum. Lunch will be provided. meet at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Special Recreation Monster MASH Halloween Dance
Join us for the biggest dance of the year! Camp dressed up in your Halloween costume and dance the night away with friends to a live D.J. Enjoy refreshments and treat bags! The dance will be held on Friday, October 26 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at Erin's Pavilion. Call 217-503-4576 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

September 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.

Fall Program and Facility Guide
Our Fall 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:

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.

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.

Private Golf Lessons
Private golf lessons with one of the four Springfield Park District PGA Professionals are available from April 1 through November 1 by appointment for all ages. Please contact one of our PGA/LPGA Golf Professionals for more information:

  • Paul Loutzenhiser, PGA Professional - Bunn G.C. 217-522-2633
  • Jim Sutzer, PGA Professional - Lincoln Greens G.C. 217-786-4111
  • Linda Sherwood, LPGA Apprentice - Bergen G.C. 217-753-6211
  • Lance Flury, PGA Professional – Pasfield G.C. 217-698-6049

Bike and Hike Days
Each season from May through September plan to take part in Washington Park Bike & Hike Days! You can now enjoy time during the week. We give park goers an opportunity for safe recreation by minimizing vehicular traffic. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00pm to 6:00pm enjoy our modified loop and Sundays enjoy our full loop from 8:00am to 3:00pm.

Private Tennis Lessons
For students who are looking for one-on-one tennis instruction. Private Tennis Lessons are available throughout the season based on your availability. Minimum 4 sessions; lesson times can be broken up in 30 minute segments. Please call the tennis pro shop to schedule a private lesson.  Lessons are available from May 1 through September 27 from Monday through Friday at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson.

Manny's Drills
Through repetition the student will improve her skills for better enjoyment of the sport. At the end of drill, the student will participate in games designed for the improvement of their game. This is for new or returning players. Drills begin on May 1 and run through September 27 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on Mondays through Thursdays. Contact the Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Disc Golf
Disc golf is available for free and for all ages at Lincoln and Douglas Parks. Lincoln Park has two 18-hole courses and Douglas Park has one 18-hole course. The courses are both open from Dawn until Dusk.

Centennial Skate Park
This skate park was designed by local skating enthusiasts. It features an array of trick-orientated objects like advanced bowls, handrails, trick boxes, vert ramps and banked ramps. Open to all ages, both skaters and spectators will enjoy this park. Park is open from Dawn until Dusk.

Multi-Use Trails
The Springfield Park District has five multi-use trails available to the public. Trails are open from Dawn until Dusk and are a great way to get outside and exercise. Many trails are shaded so you don't have to worry about the sun beating down on you on hot summer days.

Dog Runs
The Springfield Park District offers two free dog runs for the public. These are the only areas within the Springfield Park District facilities where you are allowed to take your furry friend off-leash. In Stuart Park, there are two designated fenced-in areas (one for big dogs and one for little dogs) where your dog will be able to run around off leash. In Riverside Park, there is a lower section of the park that is not fenced in where your dog is allowed to run off-leash. These dog runs are open from Dawn until Dusk.

Try Out Pickleball
Pickleball has started! Join us and come learn the basics of pickle ball from members of the Springfield Pickleball Association. Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports of today. We will provide paddles and balls, all you have to do is show up and have fun! Connect with the Springfield Pickleball Club.

Carillon Tower Tours
The Rees Carillon is a 12-story tower with observation decks, offers spectacular views of Washington Park and Springfield from the city’s highest point of elevation. The beautiful 67 cast bronze bells range in weight from 22 pounds to 7.5 tons! Enjoy an insider view of this extraordinary architectural landmark and rare musical instrument. Allow 30 minutes. Tours cannot be purchased in advance. Tours are available on a first-come first-serve basis. Large groups please contact us in advance. Last tour at 5:30 PM. Call 217-546-3853 for more information or to schedule a tour.

Platform Tennis League
Students who are looking for a more competitive training program or just simply want one-on-one platform tennis instruction may want to consider private platform tennis lessons. Private platform tennis lessons are available until the first snowfall based on your availability. Call the pro shop to schedule a private lesson at 217-546-4103.

Pee Wees Tennis Lessons
These lessons offer a great way to introduce children (ages 3-7) to the sport of tennis through fun interactive games and drills geared toward children. Lessons start on August 13 and run through September 21 between 5:30pm and 6:30pm Mondays through Fridays at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

After School Recreation-PowerPlay! Beyond School
Our After School program focuses on fitness, nutrition, and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities as well as time to do homework. NEW EXTENDED HOURS OPEN UNTIL 6PM. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up. Chatham School District students will be located at Erin's Pavilion and District 186 Student will be located at the Nelson Center.

Ballroom Dance Classes
Learn how to ballroom dance with Ron and Paula at the Nelson Center on Wednesday nights. Call 217-553-0446 for more information or to sign up.

September Carillon Concerts
Our carillonist plays a wide variety of classical, folk, and popular music year-round. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with unique accompaniment of carillon music. Concerts are scheduled for Wednesdays at 6:30pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 2:00pm and 6:30pm. Go to for more information on the carillon or call 217-546-3853.

Zooper Edventures
Take a walk on the wild side and have a Zooper Edventure! These classes are filled with theme-related games, crafts, a zoo discovery walk, and other fun learning activities! Advanced Registration is Required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tots classes are a chance for you and your preschooler (ages 2-5) to share a special, fun, and educational experience at the Henson Robinson Zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Advanced registration is required. For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or Saturday (if available) session. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up. These classes fill up fast!!

Alley Catz Bowling
This is a year long bowling program that meets on Tuesdays at King Pin Lanes from 3:15pm to 4:45pm. Come each week or just one day! Available for ages 8 and up. Call 217-503-4576 for more information.

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 ages 6-21. (Participants must pass a swimming skills test prior to participating in this program. Level placement is determined by Coach Elisha – Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up. Click on the image below for easier reading.

Washington Park Preschool
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at Washington Park Pavilion with a curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards. The philosophy of the pre-school program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.

Aqua Aerobics
These classes are designed to improve cardiovascular conditioning, stretching and muscle toning. Classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays throughout the fall at Eisenhower Pool. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Wednesday Doubles
Want to get together with a friend and play on a doubles league? We have the perfect night planned for pairs! Join us on Wednesdays at 5:00pm and 7:00pm from September 5 through November 28. All you need is a tennis season pass! Call 217-546-4103 for more information.

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 September 5 through November 28. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! Some food will be prepared each week but not a full meal. This is a monthly program located at Erin's Pavilion on Thursday evenings from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Masters Swim Practice
This is a practice written, run and organized by participating master swimmers. This program is offered for advanced swimmers. Participant must have an up-to-date year lap pass or purchase a day pass. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Garden today! Available from September 10 through December 18 for all age groups. Please call ahead to schedule a time, 217-546-4116.

Learn to Skate Academy
Our Learn to Skate Academy is a 6 class program. We teach a step by step progression of skills which develops the student’s techniques in an enjoyable and social atmosphere. Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited! Registration deadline is seven days before the first class and if you register 10 days before the first class you will save $10. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Pasfield Fall Junior Golf League
The Fall 2018 Pasfield Junior Golf League (PJGL) is designed to provide juniors ages 9-13 the opportunity to play in a weekly, organized golf league after school. The Fall PJGL will have tee times on Wednesdays after school from approximately 3:45pm to 4:30pm throughout September and October and is limited to the first 24 registrants. All forms must be hand delivered to Pasfield Golf Course along with payment. Download the registration form here.

NOTE: High School Golfers should NOT participate!
Call 217-698-6049 for more information.

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. Advanced registration is required. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Swimming Lessons
Learn how to swim no matter what age. See the flyer below to see what class(es) you and/or your child fit into. Call 217-525-8847 for more information or to sign up.

Springfield Jr. Blues Home Schedule
Come out to the Nelson Center this hockey season and cheer on your local Springfield Jr. Blues! Most home games are played on Friday (7:05pm) and Saturday (6:05pm) nights. Call 217-525-2589 or go to for more information or to buy tickets. Download the Jr. Blues App (iPhone/Android) for more info!

Special Recreation at Springfield Jr. Blues Games
Come on out and cheer on Springfield's Semi-Pro hockey team, the Springfield Jr. Blues, to victory and hang out with friends! Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

Lower & Upper House Hockey Leagues
REGISTRION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 These are 20 week Recreational Leagues for Hockey players and are co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. Monday(s) will be practices and Sunday(s) will be games. The league is designed for players that have successfully passed through Learn to Play, but doesn’t play competitive travel hockey. Full equipment is required. NO CLASS THE WEEKS OF CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR’S. An additional Hockey Skills program will be held on Wednesday(s) for an additional charge.

Hockey Skills
This a 19 week program is designed to help players develop throughout their hockey career. There are different curriculums within this program determined by our Instructor(s). Due to the length of the program there may be a variety of Instructors. NO CLASS THE WEEKS OF HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS.

Mite & Mini Mite Hockey
REGISTRATION DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2018 This is a 20 week program for kids 8 years old and under who have successfully completed Learn to Play 2 Hockey. More advanced concepts will be covered and players will be put into a structured game format. This division is separated into 3 levels; Red (Advanced), White (Intermediate) and Blue (Beginners). Depending upon the level of your child will determine the night they practice on (SEE BELOW). Games are played on Saturday. NO CLASS THE WEEKS OF THANKSGIVING & CHRISTMAS. An additional Hockey Development program will be held on Wednesday(s) for an additional charge.

Hockey Development
This is a 19 week program is designed to help players develop throughout their hockey career. There are different curriculums within this program determined by our Instructor(s). Due to the length of the program there may be a variety of Instructors. NO CLASS THE WEEKS OF HALLOWEEN AND CHRISTMAS.

Special Olympics: Snowshoe
Love the winter months? Then snowshoe is the sport for you! This program will teach even a beginner the fundamentals of snowshoeing. No previous experience is needed! Learn how to race in snowshoes. You do not have to compete in Special Olympics to be in this program. Call 217-503-4576 for more information or to sign up.

MinorHawks Learn to Play Fall Session 2
This is an 8 class program co-sponsored by the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association. We introduce basic hockey skills to boys and girls. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 Hockey or to our House/Travel teams. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/ Upper House Leagues and Travel team. Register for the Early Bird and save $10! (Early Bird ends September 30, 2018). An additional Hockey Essentials program will be held on Thursday(s) for an additional charge, dates and times will be given out during the LTP Hockey program. USA Hockey Registration: $45 (price may vary) and Equipment Rental: $125 ($100 refundable). Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.