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: Retro & Current Country
Come out to Music in the Park this summer! NCR will be playing at this concert. Food will be available to purchase special thanks to our vendor this year: Cornett. Bring out your lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy the concert! Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

MIP: Black Panther
Come out to Movie in the Park this summer! We are showing Disney's "Black Panther." This movie is rated PG-13 and is about a superhero known as Black Panther who defends Wakanda, a technologically advanced country in Africa that has hidden itself away from the rest of the world. Now, he must face a dissident who wants to sell the country's natural resources to fund an uprising. It's runtime is 135 minutes (2 hours and 15 minutes). Sunset is scheduled to be around 8:10pm. Food will be available to purchase special thanks to our vendor this year: Cornett. Bring out your lawn chairs and/or blankets and enjoy the show! Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Summer Pool Passes
Splash into Summer Fun with the Springfield Park District Summer Pool Pass! These passes are for our two outdoor pools (Nelson and Veterans Memorial Pools). You can have a pass for one or both! See the flyer below for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

Special Recreation at the Muni
Local outdoor theater at its finest. Join us for Legally Blonde happening this summer at the Muni Theater. Meet at the Muni on July 20 from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. Call 217-585-2941 ext 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Springfield Men's City Golf Tournament
This four-day 72-hole men’s amateur golf tournament is open to all male golfers that live or work in Sangamon County, Illinois. Top 40 players after the first weekend will play the following weekend at The Rail & Panther Creek Country Club. The remainder of the field will play the following weekend at Lincoln Greens and Bunn. Please call Lance Flury at Pasfield Golf Course at 217-698-6049 if you have any questions. Online registration is NOT available for this event. Please download the registration form and return to PASFIELD GOLF COURSE. The registration deadline is STRICTLY enforced.

Sangamon Valley Iris Society Plant Sale
Come to the Garden and purchase beautiful iris varieties from the collections of the Society members. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Scheels Back to School Bliz
Join us at SCHEELS and Kick Off Back-to-School at this Family Friendly Event (add their Facebook event to your calendar)! 

*FREE Balloon Art by Hot Air Creations
*FREE Face Painting by Princess Chauntea
*Interactive Games from HOB Event Rentals

*Interactive Activities sponsored by Springfield Park District

*Inflatable Hockey Interactive sponsored by Springfield Jr. Blues

Register to WIN 1 of 10 Backpacks full of school supplies sponsored by Adidas

Special Recreation August Free Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let’s get ready to boogie on August 3 at Erin's Pavilion! These dances are the first Friday of every month and open to everyone you do not have to have a disability to attend. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Central Illinois Daylily Society Plant Sale
Come to the Garden and purchase beautiful daylilies from the Central Illinois Daylily Society. Add our Facebook event to your calendar. Call 217-546-4116 for more information.

Region 9 American Iris Society Plant Sale
Come to the Garden and purchase beautiful iris varieties from the collections of the Region 9 American Iris Society members on August 11 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. Call 217-546-4116 for more information. Add our Facebook event to your calendar.

Pizza and Splash Pad
Join us for a pizza lunch and then we go out to the splash pad at Southwind Park for some fun in the sun. Please provide a swimsuit, sunscreen and a towel. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information.

July 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.

Summer Program and Facility Guide
Our Summer 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:

Alley Catz Bowling
Yearlong bowling program that consists of six, 8-week sessions. You can pay $2 per week or $16 per session which is 8 weeks. If you choose to pay weekly, you must have your money ready that day or you will be charged the session rate. The Alley Catz bowling league offers a great opportunity for socializing. You can register the day of at the bowling alley. This program is for anyone ages 8 and up with or without a disability. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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.

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours
Bring your group for a tour of the Garden today! Available from April 30 through August 31 for all age groups. Please call ahead to schedule a time, 217-546-4116.

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.

Pee Wee Tennis Lessons
These lessons offer a great way to introduce children to the sport of tennis through fun interactive games and drills geared toward children. Lessons run Mondays through Fridays from May 1 through September 27. Times are 5:30pm to 6:30pm at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 to schedule a lesson for your three to seven-year-old.

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.

These hockey games are pick-up style hockey games organized by the participants. Full Gear is Required. Fee is per game. Games are played at the Nelson Center. See flyer below for dates, days and times. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

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.

Tennis Season Passes
Season passes for tennis are available for purchase. Just head over to the Velasco Tennis Center or call 217-546-4103 to get your pass today!

Golf Practice Sessions
Struggling with your golf Game? Come to supervised Practice Sessions with the Pro’s at Lincoln Greens. Every Wednesday from 5:30-7:00pm at Lincoln Greens from May 2 through July 25. Show up whenever you like, $20 a night which includes range balls! Call 217-786-4111 for more information.

Carillon Weekly Concerts
The Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon is one of the largest and finest of the worlds carillons. Located in historic Washington Park, the Rees Carillon is the site of numerous free public concerts, exciting community events and the world-renowned International Carillon Festival held each June. Carlo van Ulft, the Park Districts 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 the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Go to for more information on the carillon or call 217-546-3853.

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.

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 May 2 through August 29. All participants must register one week in advance! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Cooking Class
Learn the basics of cooking! This class with teach the basics of independent cooking with a focus on learning to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, nutrition, and healthy eating. All participants must register one week in advance! There will be one session of classes each month on Thursdays from May through August. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

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.

This is a pick-up style hockey game that is organized by the participants at the Nelson Center. You MUST have full hockey gear, we do not provide hockey gear. Fee is per game. Games start on May 6 and run every Sunday until August 26 from 8:00pm to 9:30pm. Call 217-753-2800 for more information.

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 217-753-2800 for more information.

Tennis Camp
This camp is designed to prepare students to compete at a higher level including competitive high school teams, summer USTA tournament and/or local, regional or national tournaments. Conditioning will be taught through consistency drills and education on the impact of proper nutrition. Additionally, the code of behavior during practice and competitions will be taught. Choose which session(s) best fit your schedule. Camp will run from May 29 through August 30 at the Velasco Tennis Canter in Washington Park. Camp will be from Monday through Friday from either 9:00am to 10:30am or from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. This camp is for ages 7-18. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Manny's Try Tennis
Local tennis pro Manny Velasco will educate students on specific parts of the sport, with individual attention placed on strategies, basic strokes and conditioning. Basic equipment repair is included in the class. Try-outs will be held for this class. Class will be held Mondays through Tuesdays from 8:00am to 9:00am at the Velasco Tennis Center in Washington Park. This is a free class that will run from May 29 through August 17.

Beginner Development Tennis Camp
Designed for children that wish to compete in local and regional tournaments or preparing to try-out for high school tennis. Consistency drills. Basic drills to develop singles and doubles strategies. One day a week for competition. For ages 5-10 years old. Mondays through Fridays from 10:30am to 11:30am. May 29 through August 17 at the Velasco Tennis Center. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Zoo Camp
Does your child love learning about animals? Then join the flock for an adventure at the zoo! Games,  crafts,  zoo hikes and other fun learning activities help us to explore the animal world on zoo grounds and our air-conditioned classroom. We have Half Day camps from June 6 through July 27. Classes are split into 3 day sessions from Wednesday through Friday from 12:30pm to 4:30pm. There are also Full Day camps from 8:30am to 4:30pm on June 1 and July 6. See the flyer for more information. Call 217-585-1821 to sign up.

Zoooper Edventures
Hop on over to the Zoo to discover more about animals and their ecosystems in Zooper Edventures. Have a wild time in the classroom with fun animal games and crafts! Explore the Zoo and observe some beastly behavior! This is a drop off class, and only students ages 5-6 are allowed. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or to sign up.

Camp L.E.A.P.
Camp L.E.A.P. is a Special Needs Summer Day Camp and is a program of adaptive recreation for individuals with disabilities. Students are grouped by age into multiple classroom settings. This is an ALL-INCLUSIVE program however, so children with all abilities are welcome, we just have a special focus for those with special needs. Activities include: arts and crafts, daily walks in the park, swimming, guest speakers, field trips, games, daily playground activities, bowling and much more! The Fee(s) listed are per week. Sign up for 1 or for all 10! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Nelson Center Summer Camp
Get more than you pay for at the Nelson Center Summer Camp. All these activities for one low price! The Nelson Center Summer Camp is for children ages 5-12. This 10-week camp will keep your children happy, healthy and moving all summer long with great Park District recreational activities such as daily swimming, swim lessons, ice skating, disc golf, floor hockey, arts & crafts, themed weeks, field trip and camp t-shirt, nerf wars, nature programs, science projects and so much more! Campers are divided into appropriate age groups for daily activities. When comparing other summer camps to ours, ask yourself "what other summer camp provides ice skating and swim lessons in their weekly price!?" Space will fill up quickly so sign up now. For more information or to sign up, call 217-753-2800 and ask for Marty.

Figure Skating
Improve your skills on the ice with our Figure Skating Classes! Each class has certain skills you are going to learn to master. As your skills improve you will be able to move on to more challenging classes. Classes will run Monday through Friday from June 4 through August 10. See the flyer for details. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Youth Tennis Clinic
Three different clinics are offered at each time: beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Beginners will be introduced to the sport and the basic tennis strokes through drills and repetition. The beginner’s clinic includes an introduction to tennis ethics. Intermediates will experience drills on basic strokes and foot work and low level conditioning. The intermediate clinic also includes Score Keeping and ball rallies between students. The advanced clinics are designed to continue the development of basic strokes and also offers an introduction to game strategies, conditioning and game playing .Introduction to rules and regulations of the sports and tennis protocol for competition. 6 Lessons per Session. Choose which session(s) and time(s) best fit your schedule. Call 217-546-4103 for more information or to sign up.

Urban Fishing Clinic
This free fishing program is designed to teach children to fish and is sponsored by Springfield Park District and Department of Natural Resources. The Program will have a educational period and an actual fishing time. The program will focus on safety, fishing techniques and aquatic ecology. Fishing equipment and bait will be provided for free. An adult must stay with the child. The program is limited to about 20 children, and a reservation is required. First come, first serve. Call 217-546-3970 to make a reservation.

3 on 3 Hockey
This program is played with 3 skaters and 1 goalie for each team on the ice. Players will be evaluated and teams will be determined the first night. Teams will consist of 7 to 10 players, depending upon registration numbers. Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Thematic Summer Concerts
The Thematic Concerts will contain only music from a specific era, a specific music style or music for a specific age group. Enjoy the beauty of Washington Park and the adjacent Botanical Center with the unique accompaniment of carillon music. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Ballroom Dance Program
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.

Special Olympics Flag Football
Flag football is a fun and active game with great amount of exercise and running. Learn the basics and rules of flag football. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Skating for Hockey
Skating for Hockey is a NEW program for beginners and intermediate hockey players. This program will emphasize skating techniques in the areas of; speed, precision, edge control, and agility in the game of hockey. All participants must first pass this course prior to joining any of our youth hockey programs. Each participant must be in full hockey equipment. Rental Equipment is available for $125.00 ($100.00 refund when all equipment is returned). Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

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. Beginners start in Snowplow 1 or Basic 1 depending upon their age. Beginning skaters do NOT need expensive equipment. In most cases you can start by using skates from our rink or by borrowing a pair from a friend. Be sure to dress in warm & comfortable clothing. As you learn more, you will likely want to invest in your own skates and equipment. Students must receive a passing grade within their skill level in order to advance. Enrollment numbers are limited. DON’T WAIT OR YOU MAY BE TOO LATE, REGISTER TODAY! Call 217-753-2800 for more information or to sign up.

Special Olympics Bocce
A great one-on-one event or a doubles effort. Learn the game of Bocce, where throwing a little white ball, and then trying to get as close to it as possible with a larger ball while standing 60 feet away, can be as exciting as any sport offered. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Pasfield Parent/Child Alternate Shot Golf Tournament
This tournament is for any parent or grandparent and their child or grandchild. The age divisions for the children are ages 8-10 and ages 11-13. The tournament format is 9 Holes Alternate shot (parents tee off on odd holes and juniors tee off on even holes). It is $60 per team and the fee includes lunch, prizes, green fees and cart fees. Seven-day season pass holders at Pasfield Golf Course may deduct $11 per pass from the entry fee. Entry forms must be turned in at Pasfield Golf Course no later than Wednesday. August 8, 2018. Tee times will be emailed on Friday, August 10, 2018. Tee times will start at 10:00am on Sunday, August 12, 2018. If you have any questions please call 217-698-6049. Download your registration form here.

Learn to Play Hockey
The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that we are Chicago Blackhawks Rink Partner! We participate in their MinorHawks Learn to Play Program to cross promote the sport of Youth Hockey with the Chicago Blackhawks Organization, the Springfield Park District and Springfield Youth Hockey Association! Basic hockey skills are introduced, to boys and girls, with our 8 class program. Students must receive a passing grade to advance to Learn to Play 2 hockey or to our House Leagues. LTP 2 is a feeder program into our Lower/ Upper House Leagues and SYHA Travel teams. Learn to Play Hockey 1 classes are 45 minutes in length and Learn to Play 2 classes are 1 hour in length. Learn to Play 1 is for beginners and Learn to Play 2 is for advanced beginners. Contact the Nelson Center at 217-753-2800 to get your child registered for the next session of MinorHawks, Little Blackhawks and Youth Hockey Programs!

Fall Co-Ed and Men's Softball
Gather your friends and family for either a co-ed softball league or a men’s softball league and have some fun! Games start on September 5th and 6th and registration is due on August 15th. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.