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HSHS St. John's Hospital WANTS YOU to Workout in the Park!
Join HSHS St. John's Hospital and FitClub for the "First Thursday of the Month" FREE Workout in the Park! Join us September 1 and October 6 at the Gazebo in Washington Park.  You don't need to bring any equipment... Just bring your friends and a drink and we'll do the rest!  See the flyer for full details!

Migratory Bird Soaring Centennial
Join the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturday, August 27 from 10am-6pm and learn all about migratory birds. It will only cost regular zoo admission to participate. Call 217-585-1821 for more information or check out our Facebook event.

Nature Buddies: Fort Building

Nature Buddies is a FREE nature club dedicated to positive interactive experiences in nature for central Illinois families. Family units consisting of at least one parenting adult or guardian with their child or children are invited to join us. Get ready to build forts on August 28 at Carpenter Park! Check out our Facebook Event. Please call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information and questions about upcoming events.

Free Monthly Dance
Bring your dancing shoes and let's get ready to boogie! FREE dances on the first Friday of every month for individuals of all abilities. Semi-formal dress attire. Popcorn, Kool-aid and water provided. For ages 7 and up. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or check out our Facebook event.

Holiday Camp: Labor Day
This is an all-day camp on September 5 from 8am to 5:30pm at the Nelson Center. Have your child enjoy crafts, games, sports, movies and much more! This program is for individuals with disabilities but is open to everyone. Please bring a cold sack lunch with a drink. Check out our Facebook event.

Round the Town Golf Tournament
Go from our Lincoln Greens Golf Course to our Bunn Golf Course in one tournament. The Round the Town Tournament is from September 10-11 with tee times between 7am and 12pm each day. The tournament will start out at Lincoln Greens on Saturday and head over to Bunn on Sunday. Registration forms can be found here. Check out our Facebook event. Call 217-522-2633 or 217-786-4111 for more information.

Art Spectacular

Art Spectacular is a multi-experience festival of art, music and children’s programs. Founded by Rees Carillon Society Board Member, Barb Walker, Art Spectacular is a professionally juried fine art and craft show featuring collector- and museum-quality works of art and crafts. Over two days, Art Spectacular attracts approximately 5,500 to 6,500 attendees. The 50 participating artists are among the region's and nation’s most recognized artists and artisans. In less than a decade, Art Spectacular has been ranked in "The Best 100 Art Fairs in the Country" in 2014 by Sunshine Artist Magazine; and 118 out of 600 art fairs nationally and the best in Springfield according to Greg Lawler’s 2010 Art Fair Sourcebook. Works of art and crafts range from $50 to $7,500. In addition to a silent auction and gift basket raffle, the event features hourly carillon performances and other performances by local musicians. Check out our Facebook event.

Saturday, September 10 2016 | 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 11, 2016 | 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Admission: | Art Fair – Free | Kids’ Place - $1.50/child

Free Parking in the Park and surrounding side streets.

Only Service Animals Allowed.

The Mission: It is our mission to foster the appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts and cast bells. At the 11th annual ART SPECTACULAR at the Carillon on September 10-11, 2016 this will be done by combining beautiful original artwork by juried artists, in a beautiful park setting, with beautiful music by local musicians and one of the world’s finest carillons – for the sight and sound enjoyment of art lovers in the Central Illinois area.

August Calendar
Here is a fun calendar that you can stick on your fridge at home!

Summer & Fall Program Guides
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Facility Guide
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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:

Washington Park Botanical Garden Group Tours/Educational Programs
Have a group of kids that would love to learn about the garden? Getting family together and in need of finding fun activities to do? We offer FREE tours of the Gardens Monday-Friday between 9am and 3pm from now until December 20. You must call ahead to schedule a time. 217-546-4116.

Bike & Hike Days
Spring has sprung and it's time for Bike and Hike Days again in Washington Park!  Mon, Tue & Wed (modified loop) 4p - 6p and Sundays (full loop) 8am - 4pm.  Download map copies below!

BMX Track
The Springfield Park District and the Springfield BMX Club have partnered together to offer a full BMX track in Riverside Park. This track offers fun and adventure for all ages and ability levels. There is a $60 annual fee to become a member of the Springfield BMX Club. Practices and races run from April 3 - December 14. Practices are on Wednesdays from 5-8 p.m. and races are on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Carillon Tours
Carillon tours start in May and run until the end of September. Tours are available on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays between 12pm and 6pm. Tours are $4/adult and $3/child (under 16). Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Summer Carillon Concerts
Listen to beautiful music three days a week! (and did we mention it's FREE?!) Join us on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at Washington Park to hear the beautiful bells play from May 1 until September 30. Call 217-546-3853 for more information.

Private Tennis Lessons
Private tennis lessons are up and running throughout the rest of the tennis season! If you would like more of a one-on-one instruction, then this will be perfect for you. Lessons will run Monday-Friday until September 30. All you have to do is call 217-546-4103 to schedule an appointment at a time that works for you.

Women's Tennis Drills
Ladies of all ages are welcome to improve their skills in the sport of tennis. Call Velasco Tennis Center at 217-546-4103 to schedule a day and time. These drills will only be offered until September 30.

Pee Wee Tennis Lessons
Have a little one age 3-7 that may be interested in tennis? Have them try out a few lessons to see if they are interested! Call the Velasco Tennis Center to schedule a lesson today at 217-546-4103.

Never Played Pickleball?
Pickleball is back! If you do not know how to play there is no need to worry. We are here to teach you every Wednesday night beginning May 1 at Iles Park. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information.

Diving Lessons
Ready for our diving summer sessions? Now that the winter weather has gone away we have lessons at Eisenhower and Veterans Memorial Pools from May 3 - August 31. Call 217-525-8847 for Eisenhower Pool lessons or 217-753-303 for Veterans Memorial Pool lessons.

Game Night
We are back for the summer with free nights of fun and games for anyone with or without a disability. From May 4 - August 31 every Wednesday from 5:30-6:30pm at Erin's Pavilion. In order to participate you must register by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 at least one week in advance.

Masters Swim Practice
Have advanced swimming skills and want to practice them with others? Join us at Nelson Center Pool on Sundays from 8-9:30 a.m. and practice with either the aquatics director's workouts or other participant's workouts. This practice will run from May 29 - September 4. Call 217-525-8847 for more information.

Lincoln and the Music He Loved
Join us every Wednesday at the Thomas Rees Memorial Carillon from 6:30-7pm for a carillon concert. Carlo van Ulft (the Park District Carillonist) will play music well-known to the Lincoln family, from Mozart to Stephen Foster and patriotic tunes familiar to those of the mid 1800's.

Special Olympics: Bocce
Special Olympics Bocce starts July 16 at Southwind Park every Saturday (weather permitting) from 9-10am. This is a one-on-one event or a doubles event. You will learn the game of bocce and then be able to compete! Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Platform Tennis League
Students who are looking for a more competitive training program or just simply want one-on-one platform tennis instruction may want to consider platform tennis lessons. Platform tennis lessons are available until November 11 (or the first snowfall) based on your availability. Call the Velasco Tennis Center to schedule a lesson at 217-546-4103.

After School Recreation - PowerPlay! Beyond School
We will be offering an afterschool program for individuals with disabilities starting August 17 (for Chatham Schools) and August 22 (for Springfield schools). This program will focus on fitness, nutrition and health. We will provide a snack, recreational activities and time to do homework. For more information or to sign up contact Annette at 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Washington Park Historic Photography Display
Come view photographs of Washington Park from August 20 - September 4 from 12-4pm on Mondays-Fridays and from 12-5pm on Saturdays-Sundays. Some of the photographs date back to 1902 when the Botanical Garden was first created. Come see the changes that have taken place over the years!

Manny's Drills
Open for all ages, abilities and genders! Manny's Drills will teach any player to improve his or her skills through repetition. These drills will be available from August 22 - November 10 (or the first snowfall). Call the Velasco Tennis Center today at 217-546-4103.

Ballroom Dance
Want to clean up your dance moves? Sign up for Wednesday night dance class at the Nelson Center! There will be a session from August 24 - September 28 and from October 12 - November 16 for ages 15 and older. Make sure you call 217-544-1751 or 217-553-0446 in advance to reserve your spot.

Cooking Classes
Join us and learn the basics of independent cooking. Or classes run for 4-weeks every Thursday during a particular session. We will teach you how to use small kitchen appliances, cooking hygiene and safety, and healthy eating. For anyone with or without a disability. You must register one week in advance by calling 217-585-2941 ext. 2303.

Junior Zoo Keepers - Fall Session
This eight-class course challenges teens, ages 13-17, with hands-on activities that allow them to learn about how Henson Robinson Zoo makes conservation, education, animal care, and animal enrichment our top priorities. Junior Zoo Keeper students will not only expand their knowledge about animals and conservation issues, but will also acquire actual handling experience with some of our education-use animals. Our activities will also help develop students' collaborative work skills and oral communication skills. Advanced registration is required by calling 217-585-1821.

Zooper Edventures Classes
Join the Henson Robinson Zoo on Saturdays from September -December from 1-3pm for Zooper Edventures Classes. Your 5-6 year-old or 7-9 year-old will discover more about animals and their ecosystems. They will also have fun with animal games, crafts and zoo exploration. Advanced registration is required. Please call the zoo at 217-585-1821 for more information or to register.

Fencing is here for the fall! Sign up for as many sessions as you want and learn the basics or further develop your skills. Classes are held at the Nelson Center on Sunday afternoons. Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1012 for more information or to sign up.

Preschool in the Park
The Park District offers play-based pre-school programs at both Lincoln and Washington park Pavilions with a curriculum 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 with any questions and to get your little one signed up!

Zoo Tot Classes
Zoo Tot classes are a chance for you and your pre-schooler to share a special, fun and educational experience at the zoo together. Each class includes stories, animal visits, cool crafts, games, and more! (For any class theme, please choose either the Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday session). These classes are for ages 2-5 and run from 10-11am. Call 217-585-1821 to register.

Diving Lessons
This program provides the youth of Springfield & Sangamon County an opportunity to learn and perfect the sport of one-meter springboard diving. Classes start up on September 6 and we are accepting all levels of ability. There are even private lessons available! Call Eisenhower Pool at 217-525-8847.

Alley Catz Bowling
Every Tuesday afternoon starting September 6, 2016 through November 21, 2017 from 3:15-4:45pm enjoy a great time bowling with others. You can either pay weekly or pay for an 8-week session. Call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303 for more information or to sign up.

Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a character development program for girls in grades 3-5. The program combines life skill lessons with training for a 5K run in a creative, interactive and incredibly FUN way! The program emphasizes independent thinking, building self-awareness and confidence, making healthy choices, supportive friendships and having fun while being active. Girls on the Run begins September 6 and runs every Tuesday and Thursday from 5-6:15pm until November 11 at Erin's Pavilion in Southwind Park. If you would like to register or have any questions visit or call 217-726-9808.

Fall Junior Golf League

The Fall 2016 Pasfield Junior Golf League (PJGL) is designed to provide juniors ages 9-13 the opportunity to play in a weekly, organized golf league after school. The Fall PJGL will have tee times on Thursdays after school from approximately 3:45-4:30 p.m. from September 8 - October 20 and is limited to the first 24 registrants. All forms must be hand delivered to Pasfield Golf Course along with payment. Registration begins Monday August 15th, 2016 at 7:00 a.m.
NOTE: High School Golfers should NOT participate!

Fees: The PJGL has a fee of $86.50 per junior ($20.00 registration fee + 7 green fees @ $9.50 each). Upon registration, each participant will receive a punch card for 7 green fees that will be kept on file at Pasfield and punched each week upon arrival. If a punch card has any unused punches, it may be picked up after the last day of league play.

If a player possesses a Springfield Park District season pass that includes Pasfield, only the $20.00 registration fee is required.
Please make checks payable to “Pasfield Golf Course”.
Each junior is responsible for bringing his or her own properly fitted golf clubs.

Broomball Rentals
Get a team together and come out to the Nelson Center for a game of broomball. You and your team (ages 7+) will be wearing street clothes and sneakers on the ice... you do not even need ice skates! All equipment will be provided. Games are played on Friday and Saturday nights. Call 217-753-2800 to sign up or for more information.

Academy Bullets Swim Club
The Academy Bullets Swim Club is looking for swimmers of all abilities ages 5-18 to join their team. They promote development of strong and well-rounded athletes. Each swimmer will learn the four competitive swimming strokes plus racing turns and starts. "Every Swimmer, Every Day!"

Practices run nightly Monday-Friday and Saturday mornings at Eisenhower pool. For tryout information contact Jeff Skeels at

We have a new online forum called mySidewalk that community members can log onto and weigh in on crucial issues facing the Park District and share your feedback and what you would like to see for the future of recreation and parks in Springfield. Just follow the instructions below and go to We Want Your Feedback!

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