Park News

Give the Gift of FUN This Season!

Trying to figure out the perfect birthday or holiday gift?! 

Why not give the gift of experience and purchase a Springfield Park District gift certificate! The FUN is endless… the gift certificate can be used toward a loved one’s season pass, hockey program, zoo class, swimming lessons and so much more!

Give the gift of FUN this season and purchase a certificate by calling or stopping by your nearest Park District facility.

Learn to Cyclocross

We have a brand new “try it” class coming November 16th in Lincoln Park - Learn to Cyclocross!

Everyone is invited to come out and learn all about Cyclocross! This is an intro class, participants will learn the fundamentals of the sport, and get to try out a mini demonstration course. No matter if you are a bike enthusiast, beginner or a competitive rider... Learn to Cyclocross is for you!

This is a rain or shine class and preregistration is required. The deadline to register is November 14th. You must also bring your own bike and helmet… but don’t worry, a cyclocross bike is not needed - bring whatever bike you have and you’ll be just fine while trying out Learn to Cyclocross.

Date: Saturday, November 16th
Time: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Age: 9 years and older
Cost: $10/rider

Jimmy Johns will be providing food for registered participants!

For more information or to register:
Call the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800
Visit and search the Activity # 361202

You Are INVITED to host your Birthday Party with Us!

Make your child's birthday party a memorable one.  Parents relax and enjoy, while you host your party with us and we do the clean up!  Each Party listed includes their own unique amenities.  Pick the Birthday FUN that's right for you and your little ones...

Ice-skating Party Because it's Cooler at the Nelson Center!  Call 217-753-2800

Pizza & Games at Funshop, Nelson Center or maybe Erin's Pavilion? Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2301

Foot Golf at Bergen Golf Course.  Call 217-753-6211

Party Wild at the Henson Robinson Zoo.  Call 217-585-1811

Popsicle & Pool Party at the Nelson Center!  Call 217-753-2800

Click here to go to our Online Portal for more information: 

Click on the image below to see in full-screen. 


2019 Seasonal Closures

2019 Seasonal Closures

The Springfield Park District wants to remind everyone that our 2019 Park Season is coming to a close. We will be winterizing the restrooms throughout the parks. Starting Saturday, November 2nd, the only restroom to remain open will be in Washington Park. Please see the list of parks with restrooms that will close for the 2019 Park Season:

Bunn Park Golf Course, Comer Cox Park, Douglas Park, Dreamland Park, Eisenhower Park, Enos Park, Fairview Park, Gehrmann Park, Gietl Park, Hobbs Park, Iles Park, Jaycee Park, Lawless Park, Lincoln Greens Golf Course, Lincoln Park (Shelter 7 + Concession Area), Riverside Campgrounds (Bathroom + Shower House), Rotary Park, Schlitt Park, Southwind Park, and The Stand

It has been our pleasure to provide the Springfield Community with yet another great season of fun and recreation in our Parks. As we close additional facilities we will keep you informed. Thanks for your support.

~ The Springfield Park District

Fall Programming
Slides of Park District information, activities, events, etc. for Fall 2019,

with a focus on October - November 2019.

For more information visit:

Park District Closures and Cancellations

Attention! The Park District has a NEW and improved Recreation Hotline Number! Plan to click on this link, the image below or CALL 217-203-6004 to hear the most up to date information on Facility Closures, Cancellations and weather updates pertaining to Special Events and Park District Programs. It's EAST and FAST!

2019 Fall Activity and Facility Guide
Our 2019 Fall Activity and Facility Guide is here! Make sure to pick up a copy from one of our Park District facilities. This is a MUST HAVE resource for everything Springfield Park District for the Fall of 2019! Click the image below to view the online version.

2019 Monthly Calendars
Here is a fun calendar that you can print off and stick on your fridge! Use the blank one to add in all the FUN activities and events you'd like to attend with the Springfield Park District this month. Or print off one that has activities and events filled in for you! Click the images below for a printer-friendly version.

October 2019

November 2019

2019 Special Events, Camps, Reminders, etc.
Here is a look at Special Events and Reminders for October and November 2019!


Park-n-Chill at the Washington Park Concession Stand!

Serving handmade Italian Ice, Ice Cream Sundaes and other Frozen Treats! Open Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 12:00pm - 8:00pm. 

*The concession stand is operated by Klyczek Park’N Chill Concessions.

Animal Tours and Encounters at the Zoo!
Take a walk on the Wild Side, and join us for Animal Tours or Animal Encounters at the Henson Robinson Zoo! See the image below for more details. To schedule a tour, encounter or to learn more, please call: 217-585-1821 ext. 1706 or ext 1703.

Generations Tree & Memorial Bench Program
Springfield Parks Foundation - Generations Tree & Memorial Bench Program
Trees and benches are a gift of a lifetime!  Consider purchasing a special tree or memorial bench as a beautiful tribute for someone you wish to honor!

Click on the link to download a full PDF brochure.  CLICK HERE

Botanical Garden Membership


Membership Benefits:

The Washington Park Botanical Garden News

Reduced rates for workshops

Advance notice of classes and events

Invitations to “Members Only” giveaways

In-house use of the Garden’s library collections

Discounts for other botanical gardens, arboreta and conservatories nationwide

Feel the satisfaction of helping our garden grow

Membership Rates:

Individual: $12 per year

Family: $17 per year

Benefactor: $30+ per year

Sustain Springfield Green Map

Urban Action Network has put together this awesome Sustain Springfield Green Map - locating community gardens, parks and recycling locations! 

Did you know? The Springfield Park District has a community garden (and many parks ??) for you to start living a more “green” lifestyle! 

Find out more information by visiting the following link:

Riverside Park Now Open
As of July 10, 2019, Riverside Park has been reopened. Please check back here or on the Springfield Park District social media accounts to stay updated.

Special Board Meeting This Thursday
PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: The Park District will hold a Special Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m. this Thursday, July 18th at our Bunn Administrative Office regarding an OSLAD Grant Application for Iles Park. The public is welcome to attend.