Park News

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.

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. 


Tat-Zoo Day at the Henson Robinson Zoo!
Celebrate National Tattoo Day at the Henson Robinson Zoo! Family Fun is from 1-4 pm and 18 and over fun will be 5-8 pm. Tattoo Artists, Animal Encounters, Food and Drinks, Music! Must be 21+ and show valid ID to purchase "adult beverages."

Visit the Facebook Event for more information: 

Dog Days of Summer
Come out with your dog and join us for a Paw-sitively FUN day at the park! 

  • Sign up for Dogs on Ice (by 7/29 -
  • Dog Adoptions: Friends of Sangamon Co. Animal Control, Animal Protective League, WILD Canine Rescue and Paws for Life Springfield
  • K9 Demo by the Springfield Police Department
  • Portable grooming center by Paws and Claws 
  • Dog kissing booth by The Helping Paw Project
  • Dog Paw Art Prints and “Dog’n Me” Photo Booth
  • Concessions by Kona Ice, It’s All Good and the Jr. Blues

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.

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!

First Annual Horseshoe Festival at Lincoln Park!

The Faith Coalition for the Common Good, in cooperation with the Springfield Park District, will host the First Springfield Horseshoe Festival – “Shoes and Shoes” on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at Lincoln Park, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. The famous horseshoe sandwich will be offered by local restaurants and the Illinois Horseshoe Pitching Association will organize a horseshoe pitching tournament. We will host a "Celebrity Pitching" tournament with local celebrities. 

This is a family friendly event and there will be games and events for children, health providers and non- profit organizations providing screenings and information about their services as well as vendors selling merchandise.

We are still looking for vendors as well as restaurants which serve horseshoe sandwiches. If you know anyone, ask them to contact us. Vendor form is below.

Vendor Coordinator Contact Information
Rose Douglass, 217-494-0282,
Faith Coalition for the Common Good, 217-544-2297,


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.

2019 Summer Movies in the Park Line-up is out!

2019 Movies in the Park series is just around the corner! We are opting out of our music concerts for 2019 so that we can support Downtown Springfield Inc. & promote their summer concerts in downtown Springfield on Thursday evenings starting May 30th!

Check out this year's great line-up of movies being shown out under the stars in your favorite parks! 

We have a fun new partnership with the Ansar Shriner's of Springfield - Ansar Legion of Honor will host concessions at all of our movies AND the Ansar Shriner Clowns will even be at our FIRST MOVIE on Friday, May 17th at Southwind Park! 

We would like to give a BIG shout out to all of our most generous sponsors for assisting in putting on this great event again for 2019.   
Save the date for May, June, July, August and September for FREE Family Fun all Summer long!

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

Special Recreation: Life Skills Summer Camp

We are excited to introduce our brand new Life Skills Camp! Spend a summer learning valuable skills that will allow you to move forward in life. Whether it be learning job skills or steps towards more independent living, this camp will aid you for your future endeavors! Spots are limited for this camp so sign up as soon as you can. Lunches will be provided by the Food Bank. To register, visit or call 217-503-4576.

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

Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Concerts and Special Events
Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon Concerts and Special Events

Weekly Concert Schedule

May - September
Wednesday: 6:30 pm
Thursday: 6:30 pm (June - August)
Friday: 6:30 pm (June - August)
Saturday: 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm and 6:30 pm

October - April
Wednesday: 12:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm

Special Events
International Carillon Festival
June 2 - June 7, 2019

Citywide Hymnfest
September 29, 2019


Jr. Golf Camp and Golf Student Mega Passes

Jr. Golf Camps

The Springfield Park District offers 3 Junior Golf Camps (two in June and one in July) that consist of 9 hours of instruction by PGA Professionals that will cover all facets of the game of golf including etiquette, Rules of Golf, putting, chipping, and full swing instruction. Kids will also have an opportunity to play in a scramble format (amount of time on the course varies by age). Camps are Monday-Thursday from 9:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m. (Mon-Wed @ Lincoln Greens, Thurs @ Bergen GC).

Registration Begins: May 1, 2019.

Registration forms can be downloaded from:

Student Mega Passes

Available to use at all 4 golf courses

Students must be 6-25 years of age and present a valid school ID at the time of purchase. An additional surcharge of $1 per nine holes is required. 

$330 per resident

$400 per non-resident


Summer Camps
Find your FUN at one of Springfield Park District's Summer Camps! Below is information about two different summer camp options.

Special Needs Summer Day Camp
This camp is for individuals with or without disabilities. The camp runs from June 3rd - August 9th, Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 5:30pm. Ages 5-12 will be located at the Nelson Center. Ages 13-25 will be located at Erin's Pavilion. Some activities to look forward to are: arts and crafts, daily walks, swimming, guest speakers, field trips, games, bowling, playground activities, themed weeks and more! For more information about Special Needs Summer Day Camp, please contact: 217-503-4576 or

The Nelson Center Summer Camp
At this unique camp, you get more than what you pay for! For example, we offer both swimming lessons and ice skating - what other summer camps do that? This camp runs from June 3rd - August 9th, with no camp on July 4th. Camp is Monday through Friday from 7:00am - 5:30pm. Ages 5-12. Some activities to look forward to are: swimming lessons, ice skating, science projects, field trips, nerf wars, floor hockey, disc golf, arts and crafts, themed weeks, nature programs and more! For more information about this camp, please contact: 217-753-2800 or

Fall Funshop
Funshop is an exciting, interactive early education program for children and parents together. It has been uniquely designed to provide the optimal one-on-one experience between parent and child. $99 per Resident and $109 per Non-resident. Parent orientation is August 26th and August 27th.

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.

July 2019

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

2019 Summer Activity and Facility Guide
Our 2019 Summer 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 Summer of 2019! Click the image below to view the online version.

Washington Park Preschool
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at Washington Park Pavilion with a curriculum is based on the Illinois Early Childhood Learning Standards. The philosophy of the pre-school program is that every child should be given the best chance to grow and develop intellectually, emotionally, and socially. Call 217-546-3970 for more information or to sign up.