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Public Hearing on Feb 8th
The Springfield Park District, will be holding a public hearing regarding a recent proposal from Crown Castle to lease a small portion of the undeveloped property north of Iles Park for the purpose of relocating an existing communications tower. The existing tower, located on the east side of the tracks must be moved to accommodate high speed rail.

We feel it is important to provide local residents with an opportunity to ask questions and express their thoughts and opinions during the evaluation process.  Plan to join us at the Bunn Administrative Office on Monday, February 8th at 6pm.  Your input is important to us!

Event Listings
To help you better find what fun event you are looking for, we have created this quick listing:

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!

Park District Winter/Spring Program Brochure
It's time to get signed up for all of the great Winter Programs with the Springfield Park District!  Check out the offerings from January to April!  Download the full PDF below.


Holiday Camp: Presidents Day
Not sure what entertainment you need to provide for your child on their day off from school on Monday, February 15? Bring them to the Nelson Center and we will take care of the rest. Our one-day camp runs from 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. for ages 5-25. This camp is for anyone with or without a disability. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Carillon Winter Concerts
The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon will be hosting Winter Concerts from October 1 - April 30 (weather permitting). The concerts will be on Wednesdays at noon and Sundays at 2 and 4 pm.

Popcorn and a Movie
From January 1 - April 30 you and your group home can enjoy popcorn and a G or PG movie with the Park District! This opportunity is entirely FREE and all you have to do is set up a time and date with Annette 3 weeks in advance by calling 217-585-2941.

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 Fridays and Saturdays from 9-11 p.m. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

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 January 3 - May 22. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

After School Recreation
Need a safe place for your children to go after school? Send them to Erin's Pavilion (Chatham) or the Nelson Center (Springfield) and they will eat a snack, participate in recreational activities, and have homework time as well. This program is $50/week for ages 5-25 and is for anyone with or without a disability. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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.

Game Night
Every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm head over to Erin's Pavilion for a fun night of games. This FREE game night will run from January 6 - April 27. In order to participate all you have to do is call Annette at 217-585-2941 a least one week in advance.

Blackout Bingo
Come out to Lincoln Greens every Saturday from 10-11am for a morning of Bingo! It is completely free and all you have to do is call at least one week in advance so that we know you are coming. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 to get your name(s) on the list.

Jr. Blues Hockey Game Nights
Always trying to find something fun and exciting to do on a Friday or Saturday night? We have your solution... Jr. Blues Hockey! These get-togethers are for anyone ages 7 and older with or without a disability. All you have to do is call Annette at 217-585-2941 a week before the scheduled game.

Aqua Aerobics
Get ready to get in some conditioning, stretching, and muscle toning! Classes run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:15-10:15am. The next session begins on February 1. Call 217-525-8847 to get signed up.

Arts and Crafts Classes
Join us at Erin's Pavilion to bring out your creative side! The next session starts on February 1 and runs until February 29. You must register by January 25 in order to participate. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 to sign up.

Special Olympics: Powerlifting
Ready to bring the power?! Join our Special Olympics Powerlifting team. We start February 1 and run every Monday from 6-7 p.m. Call Annette for more information and to sign up at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Diving Lessons
Do you want or have the skills to become an expert diver? Sign up for a Diving Lesson that best fits your abilities. All lessons are held at the Eisenhower Pool. Just call 217-525-8847 to get signed up!

Cooking Class
Want to learn how to cook independently or know someone who would like to learn how to cook independently? The next Cooking Class session starts on February 4 and runs until February 25. The classes are located at Erin's Pavilion and run every Thursday night (per 4-week session) from 6-7pm. All you have to do is call Annette at 217-585-2941 by January 28 to get in on this next session.

Pizza and a Movie
Love eating pizza and watching movies in the theaters? We have the perfect afternoon planned for you! Join us at Erin's Pavilion at 10:30am for pizza and we will head out to a local theater to watch the selected movie for that day. Call 217-585-2941 for more information.

Fencing Classes
En garde! Want to learn all about fencing? Do you know about fencing and just want to "sharpen" your skills even more? Sign up for fencing at the Nelson Center by calling 217-544-1751 ext. 1012

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tots is a chance for you and your pre-schooler to share a fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! Call 217-585-1821 to sign up.

Prairie State Orchid Society Display & Sale
Join us at the Washington Park Botanical Gardens for our free event on Saturday, February 13 from 12-4 p.m. and Sunday February 14 from 12-3 p.m. Exotic tropical orchids are displayed in a juried competition. Orchid experts from the orchid society will be on hand to answer questions and sell beautiful orchids at bargain prices.

Project H.O.W.L.
Join us as we Help Out Wild Life (H.O.W.L.)! We will teach your 10, 11 or 12-year-old about animals and their ecosystems and take them out on the zoo grounds to observe animals' lives and their behaviors. Call 217-585-1821 to sign up or for more information.

Out and About
Do you and your child have an adventurous side? We take a one-day trip to places around our area. Any admissions are included in the fee. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least two weeks before the scheduled event in order to reserve your spot.

Zooper Edventures Classes
Bring out your wild side with the Springfield Park District at Henson Robinson Zoo! Choose the class or classes that you want your child to take and call 217-585-1821 to sign up.

Dance: Session 2
Ready for a new session of dance? We sure are! Starting on February 24 and running through March 30 enjoy learning about the Basic East Coast Swing (no prerequisite), Rhumba 1 (prerequisite: Basic Ballroom skills), or the Salsa/Merengue 1 (prerequisite: Basics of Salsa and Merengue). Each class runs on Wednesday nights at the Nelson Center. If you would like to sign up or want more information call 217-544-1751 or 217-553-0446.

Special Olympics: Athletics
Join the fun with track and field activities from March 5 - May 28 every Saturday from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. If you are 8 years or older come out to Lincoln Park and get in shape or train for the Special Olympics. We are only offering tennis ball throw, shot put, and mini javelin. Call Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 to sign up or for more information.

Preschool in the Park
The Springfield Park District invites you to enroll in our 2016-2017 Preschool in the Park program. Preschool is for ages 3-5 and there are two day, three day, and five day options. Lincoln Park Preschool registration is on Monday, March 14 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. and Washington Park Preschool is on Tuesday, March 15 from 9:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. Preschool begins on September 6 and 7. Call 217-546-3970 for more information.

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.

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