Park News

Winter Camp at the Nelson Center
Looking for something for the kids to do during their Winter Break? Then get them signed up for Winter Camp at the Nelson Center!! Tons to do!! Ice Skating, Holiday Party, Arts and Crafts...

Our Santa House is Open!
Take a step back into time and attend the Santa House at Robin Roberts Stadium in the month of December!  It's been a Springfield tradition for more than 40 years!!

Holiday Floral Show at Botanical Gardens
Ad this to your schedule to jump start your Holidays!

Holiday LIghts at the Zoo
Plan to attend the sparkling splendor of the Henson Robinson Zoo all lit up for Holiday Lights in the month of December!  Bring a new, unwrapped toy for TOYS FOR TOTS and get in FREE.  Take pictures with Santa Claus and sing your favorite holiday Karaoke tunes!  Big fun going on in December at the Henson Robinson Zoo!!


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.”

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