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2015 Movie and Music in the Park
Mark your calendars and plan to attend all of the wonderful FREE Movies and Concerts in our Parks this Summer Season!

Party for the Planet
Plan to be at the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturday April 18th

Discovery After Dark
Come out to the Zoo for a unique animal experience and after dark tour to learn about nocturnal animal activity!

Lincoln Park - Civil War Re-enactors Encampment
Plan to be a part of History and visit the Civil War Re-En actors Encampment for the 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Funeral which will be held at Lincoln Park.  For more info about the weekends events go to

There will be no visitor parking (accept handicap accessible) at the site during May 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  We encourage you to utilize the Ridgely Elementary School PTA "pay 'n park" off 8th street in close walking Distance.  Address: 2040 N. 8th Street, Springfield IL 62702

Dr. Dolittle Day at the Zoo
It's time for Dr. Dolittle Day at the Henson Robinson Zoo!!  Come out and join all the fun activities planned.  You won't want to miss the performance by the Springfield Theater Center!

Park District Summer Jamboree
Mark Your Calendars for this fun FREE Family event!  Each year the District hosts our Annual Summer Jamboree to showcase all the exciting things we have to offer for the Summer, Programs, Special Events, Summer Passes to the Pools, Zoo, etc.  All in one great location with fun activities to do with your children!  THEN we show our first FREE Movie of the season up on the big screen!  Friday, May 15th, you won't want to miss it!

Nelson Center to have Elite Hockey Camp
Be sure to register early for the Elite Hockey Camp to be held at the Nelson Center in June!

Click here to check out the fees and download the Registration Form


Local donor, fundraiser and dog park proponent Karen Hoelzer has generously offered to work with the Park District and the community toward the construction of a dog park in Springfield Park District’s new Barker Park development.
Dog Park proponent and fundraiser Karen Hoelzer stated “I look forward to working closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association, the park board and the community to provide a safe and enjoyable place where dogs can run freely off-leash and socialize with other dogs.”
Recent fundraising efforts could be shifted to Barker Park to help fulfill a significant component in the established master plan. Barker Park is a 26 acre piece of property that was generously donated to the Park District by the Paul Barker Trust with the intent to develop the land into a park. The Springfield Park District worked closely with the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association to create a master plan that meets the needs of the local residents. A dog park was included in a recent request from the Franklin Park Neighborhood Association as well as being included in the overall master plan for the park.
Franklin Park Neighborhood Association Board President Don Hunt commented “The Neighborhood Association is in full support of a potential dog park in the future Barker Park.”

Looney Lemurs
Co-Ed Summer Softball
Looney Lemurs
Game Night
Carillon Concert
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