Park Blog

Published July 23, 2021- 

Join us for Movies in the Park Friday, August 6th at Kiwanis Park! 
This event is FREE and for all ages!

On August 6th we’ll be showing “Avengers Endgame” at sunset, approximately 8:00pm.
Outside food/drink are welcome, and bring your lawn chairs or blankets to sit on!


Published July 21, 2021- 

Today is Wednesday, July 21, 2021 - Riverside Park is now open as the Sangamon River is back in its banks and the roads are all passable. Riverside Campground is open and available to the public for your camping needs.

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published July 9, 2021- 

We are terribly sorry to announce that we must cancel tonight's Movie in the Park due to the weather. We are still planning on having the Free public swim from 6-8p at Veterans Memorial Pool depending on the weather.

Please call our rainout line at 217-203-6004 for any updates.

We are terribly sorry for any inconvenience that this may have caused our community members.

For more information, please contact 217-544-1751.


Published July 6, 2021- 

Public Swim Summer Hours at Nelson Center Pool 

Monday – Friday 
12:15pm – 2:15pm

Public Swim Summer Hours at Veteran’s Memorial Pool

Friday - Sunday  

In between each public swim session, we will be disinfecting the pools based on CDC guidelines. If you wish to continue to swim into the next session of the day, staff will issue you a stamp for re-entry at no additional cost.

We encourage patrons to call ahead to ensure daily public swim session availability. 
Thank you for your continued support as we look forward to a great season at the pools!

For more information, please contact 217-753-2800


Published June 28, 2021- 

Today is Monday, June 28, 2021. The road to the East of the Rose Garden just before the playground in Washington Park will be closed to repair a storm sewer sink hole on Tuesday, June 29, and will re-open as soon as the work is completed.

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published June 28, 2021- 

Today is Monday, June 28, 2021. Riverside Park will remain closed until further notice as the roads are currently flooded by the Sangamon River. However, Riverside Campground is still open and available to the public for your camping needs.

We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the park. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated with any new developments.

If you have any questions please call 217-753-6212.


Published June 14, 2021- 

Plan to Attend the Ribbon Cutting for the NEW Skate Park at Iles Park!
Come test out the new and fun skate park features with us!

The Springfield Park District is excited to announce that we will cut the ribbon to a new skate park at Iles Park. This project will provide the neighborhood and community a wonderful place to come together to enjoy time outside. Join us for the ribbon cutting to celebrate this new skate park with the following Skateboarders: Randy Ploesser - Professional Skateboarder for Send Help Skateboards, Max Wheeler - Amateur Skateboarder for WKND Skateboards, and Alex Kehoe - Amateur Skateboarder for Send Help Skateboards.

Thursday - June 17th at Noon. 

Iles Park Skate Park, 2000 S 6th St, Springfield, IL 62703


Published April 20, 2021 -

Come out to the 2021 Movies in the Park!

Jun 11 at Bergen Park: Field of Dreams

Jun 18 at Comer Cox Park: Trolls World Tour

Jul 9 at Veterans Memorial Pool: Flipper

Aug 6 at Kiwanis Park: Avengers Endgame

Aug 27 at Henson Robinson Zoo: Raya and the Last Dragon

A new adventure is around the corner! Before the Movie, visit the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois table to learn a new STEAM activity where you can discover how paper and popsicle sticks can keep you cool all summer long.  Today, Tomorrow, Together Girl Scouts. A new troop is forming! Contact Maddie Love at 217-685-7714 to join today.

*Public Health guidelines related to COVID-19 will be strictly enforced.


Published March 25, 2021 -

The Centennial Dog Park is now open!

The Springfield Park District is excited to announce the brand new dog park at Centennial Park! Centennial Dog Park is over an acre in size built for all dogs and park patrons to enjoy. The park was built to be fully ADA accessible and includes accessible parking, custom concrete walks, rock walking path and elevated viewing deck and community gathering space. The dog park will feature separate play areas for large dogs and small dogs, challenging obstacle course, misting fire extinguishers, dog water fountains, dog waste stations, and maintenance free benches. There is also 22x24 shelter and 33x24 shade structure coming soon.

Bring your furry friend out today!


Published December 21, 2020 -

Be Safe and Have Fun, but Do Your Part!
Please follow all Dog Rules listed below while visiting our Parks...

-Owners are responsible and liable for the actions and behavior of their dogs at all times. 

-Dogs MUST be on a leash which shall not exceed six(6) feet in length in Non off-leash areas.

-Dog owners must stay with dogs at all times and keep their leash in hand.

-Dogs must be leashed until they are inside the fenced area. If you wish to unleash your dog, visit the dog parks at Stuart or Riverside Parks.

-Please scoop your poop & dispose in the designated receptacles. 

-Aggressive dogs are not allowed. If your dog becomes unruly or plays rough, leave immediately. 

-Failure to abide by the park rules may result in loss of privileges and owners may be ticketed up to $500.

-All other lark policies apply. 

To report any issues, please contact Park Police at 217-698-6030

Rules for Visiting the Dog Parks.


Published June 10, 2020 -

The Springfield Park District desires to relax the restrictions within the social distancing guidelines to allow for our residents to participate in programs and facilities as soon as possible. We are currently evaluating the new phase 3 guidance and working as quickly as possible to safely provide facilities and programs in compliance with local state and national health guidelines and recommendations.

Please check back frequently for additions or amendments. Questions?  Call 217-544-1751 ext. 1004

DOWNLOAD PDF:  Park District Available to Public and Not Available LIST

Available to Public within

Social Distancing Guidelines


Dog Parks  |  Skate Park


Athletic Fields


Golf Courses


Community Gardens


Bunn Administrative Office


Picnic Shelter Rentals – 10 persons & under


Tennis Courts | Pickleball Courts


Erin’s Pavilion - OPENS JUNE 8th

M-F – by appointment or 10 and under person rental only.  Call ahead 217-585-2941


Eisenhower PoolOPENS JUNE 15th

Closed to public; open only by scheduled activities.

Nelson Center Ice RinkOPENS JUNE 15th 

Closed to public; open only by scheduled activities.

Preschool Day Camp | OPENS JUNE 15TH 

Washington Park Pavilion – Limited Space - Book Now!

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-546-3970


Riverside Campgrounds  OPENS JUNE 2

RV HOOKUP ONLY- RV’s must have bathrooms

NO restrooms, showers, or tent camping


Special Recreation Camp | Erin’s Pavilion - OPENS JUNE 8th Limited Space!!  Taking Reservations Online NOW

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-585-2941 ext. 2303


Summer Camp Nelson Ctr. OPENS JUNE 8th

Limited Space!!  Taking Reservations Online NOW

Must Pre-Register online or call 217-753-2800


Unavailable to the Public at this time


Outdoor Restrooms | No Porta Potties on Golf Courses


Outdoor Water Fountains

Basketball Courts

Outdoor Park District Swimming Pools

Splash Fountains

AARP FitLot - Lincoln Park Kings Daughter FitLot – Douglas Park


Competitive or Recreational Team Sporting Games

Funshop – NO in facility programs; online

programming only

Carillon – NO in facility tours; concerts weekly

will continue

Washington Park Botanical Garden

Facility only open by appointment or 10 and under person rental.  All appointments Call ahead 217-546-4116

Henson Robinson Zoo

Publish Date: 4/8/2020

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO STAY ACTIVE BY VISITING ONE OF YOUR LOCAL PARKS!  Greenspace, parks and trails continue to remain open and residents are encouraged to use them as places to stay healthy, enjoy some fresh air, walking, hiking, running, and some overall wellness, provided visitors observe the following safety tips:

•  Do not use parks or trails if you are displaying symptoms

•  Follow CDC’s guidelines on personal hygiene before visiting parks or trails

•  Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from

    other persons

•  Do not gather in crowds of any size


Washington, Lincoln and Southwind Parks have become very busy which can make social distancing more challenging.

Fortunately, the Springfield Park District boasts 38 parks and 4 bike and hike trails!  In an effort to reduce traffic in high use areas, we would like to encourage and challenge you and your family to visit a new park each time you venture out. If you arrive at a park, green space or trail and it appears crowded and your ability to practice social distancing may be compromised, be flexible and willing to move to the next closest park on the map provided.

Bergen Park - 200 Eastdale

Bunn Park - 2500 S. 11th St

Carpenter Park - #1 Carpenter Park Trail

(Nature Preserve)

Centennial Park - 5751 Bunker Hill Rd

Comer Cox Park - 301 Martin Luther King Dr

Douglas Park - 500 N. MacArthur Blvd

Dreamland Park - 2300 Taylor Ave

Eisenhower Park - 2530 E. Cornell Ave

Enos Park - 1000 7th St

Fairview Park - 1901 N. 19th St

Gehrmann Park - 1000 N. 2nd St

Gietl Park - 1900 Stanhope Rd

Gurgens Park - 100 Carpenter Trail

(Nature Preserve)

Hobbs Park - 2851 Fox Bridge Rd

Iles Park - 2000 S. 6th St

Indian Hills Park - 2540 Miami Trail


Jaycee Park - 2401 E. Monroe

Jefferson Park - 300 N. Oxford¬¬

Kennedy Park - 401 Walnut Valley Dr

Kiwanis Park - 2930 Stanton St

Lake Victoria Park - 3055 Normandy Rd

Lanphier Park - 1351 East N. Grand Ave

Lawless Park - 1200 Black Ave

Lincoln Park - 1601 N. 5th St

Lindbergh Park - 2419 Lindbergh Blvd


Patrick J. Cadigan Park - 2302 Berkley Dr

Paul A. Barker Park - 2008 Barnard Dr

Riverside Park - 4675 Peoria Rd

Rotary Park - 4501 W. Iles Ave


Schlitt Park - 2415 Sharon Dr

Southwind Park - 4755 S. 2nd St

Stuart Park - 1555 Winch Rd

Timberbrooke Park - 2065 W. Washington St

Vredenburgh Park - 121 Crusader Rd


Washington Park - 1501 West S. Grand Ave

Westchester Park - 2215 Westchester Blvd 

Lastly, starting this 


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!


Did you know?! You can host your next Birthday Party at the Springfield Park District! Click the image below to view a printer friendly version of our Birthday Party flyer. 


Do you have an idea for a class or program that you’d like to see offered at the Springfield Park District? Even better, do you have a special interest or talent you would like to share with others? The Springfield Park District is looking for new program ideas and local “hidden” talent to teach or lead various recreational classes. We are always looking for new instructors with creative ideas!

If you have a particular interest or talent and are willing to lead activities; or if you have a suggestion for a new program, plan to email the Recreation Department at: &


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 below to download a PDF brochure to learn more about this wonderful program.


Springfield Park District App

The Springfield Park District App is your personal guide to everything Springfield Park District! It is an indispensable resource for community members and patrons to access information they need and use every day pertaining to our parks. 

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