Park Blog

Published November 23, 2021- 

Come out to Henson Robinson Zoo's Zoo Lights!

Take a stroll through the zoo and enjoy thousands of lights and displays. Enjoy the hot cocoa bar or roast a marshmallow over the fire pit for a delicious s'more. Grab the family and gather at one of the photo opportunities for your holiday pics! See the Zoo animals as they enjoy the lights too; red wolves, arctic fox, eagles, barnyard, cougars, birds of prey and many others that are all out on the grounds or viewable still this time of year!

ADULTS: $7  |  KIDS AGES 3-12: $5  |  AGES 2 & UNDER: FREE

SCHEDULE Friday-Sunday  |  5:00-9:00pm
*last admission is at 8:00pm
11/26-11/28, 12/03-12/05, 12/10-12/12



For more information call the Zoo at 217-585-1821


Published November 22, 2021- 

Today is Monday, November 22nd, 2021. Lost Bridge Trail will be closed for repairs on Tuesday, November 23rd, and will reopen to the public on Wednesday, November 24th. We will continue to monitor the overall safety of the trail. 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 November 15, 2021- 

Today is Monday, November 15, 2021. Riverside Park is now open as the Sangamon River is back in its banks and the roads are all passable.

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 October 12, 2021- 

Trout Season has started up again!

Over 50 ponds, lakes, and streams throughout the state of Illinois will be stocked with Fall Trout including, the Springfield Park District's ponds at Southwind Park and Washington Park. 

To participate in this Fall's Trout Season, you must possess a valid Illinois Fishing License with an Inland Trout Stamp. 

Illinois Fishing Licenses and Inland Trout Stamps are available at DNR Direct license and permit locations, which include sporting goods stores, bait shops, and other retail outlets. For more information regarding Trout Season, please check the IDNR website at the following link:


Published October 7, 2021- 

Today is Thursday, October 7, 2021. The parking lot at Stuart Park has finished updates and is now open for public use. Thank you for your continued support and we will keep you updated on any new developments.

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


Published September 16, 2021- 

The State of Illinois requires that masks be worn when indoors to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

If you have any questions please call 217-544-1751. 


Published August 18, 2021- 

Were you a lifeguard at a community pool or water park this summer? Looking to keep your employment through the fall and winter season? 

Become a Lifeguard at the Springfield Park District!

Sign on bonus of $500. Must work a minimum of 400 hours.

1. Must be 15 years old by the end of the course (provide ID).
2. Swim 300 yards continuously.
3. Tread water 2 minutes without using hands.
4. Swim a timed event in 1:40, swim 20 yards, retrieve 10 lbs brick from deep water, swim back with brick and exit pool.
*Lifeguard training, CPR, 1st-Aid and AED certifications provided upon passing this course.

For specific rates and times please call 217-525-8847 for more info.

1. Attend all course days & times listed.
2. Pass Pre-Test.
3. Pass written and practical exams.
4. Pass all scenarios exercise.

Register at
Activity #380301


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.


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


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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