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Activities & Events Overview

Springfield Park District offers hundreds of programs, activities and events annually. We offer something for people of all ages and interests. Check out our table at the right or our online brochure for a complete listing.


Summer: Mid April
Mid August
: November 



How To Register

Two Easy Ways to Register!

Registrations are processed on a first-come-first-served basis.
Please register early-programs fill quickly.
= Resident rates
= Nonresident rates
If you have any questions regarding residency or registration, call 217-544-1751 ext. 1004.

Online Registration

We've introduced a new online registration system to make signing up for your favorite activities easier than before.  Click the tab to learn more.

In Person

Sign up for classes, memberships, activities, events and more at the Springfield Park District with your household account! To create a household account, visit the Customer Service Desk at any of our locations during business hours. Please bring proof of residency for verification purposes. Take it one step further and ask to active the online registration option. Learn more about household accounts below.

Register at any of our recreation facilities.

If a program is full, registrants will be notified. If desired, you will be added to a wait list.


Registration for all Springfield Park District (SPD) programs require a minimum number of participants five business days before a class begins. There is a maximum number to ensure quality instruction. Classes may be combined and times modified to facilitate better programs. (MIN/MAX)


  • If the Park District reschedules or cancels a class, a full refund will be issued automatically by the Park District. A Refund Request Form is not required.
  • If you are withdrawing from a program at least one week prior to the start of a program, a 100% refund will be granted. A Refund Request Form must be completed.
  • If you are withdrawing from a program less than one week prior to the start of a program, a 100% refund will be granted minus a $5 service charge per registrant, per program. A Refund Request Form must be completed.
  • If you are withdrawing or requesting a refund after the program has begun, a refund is not guaranteed. A Refund Request Form must be completed. It will be reviewed by the Program Supervisor.
  • If it is a medical reason, a doctor’s note must be included with the refund.
  • No refunds will be given once a program or session has ended.
  • Refunds for cash or check payments will be made by check. Please allow two to four weeks. Refunds for credit card transactions will be applied to the card used.

Online Registration

Online Registration

We've introduced a new online registration system to make signing up for your favorite activities easier than before.  To access this system, all you will need is your username and password. Online, every day - 24 hours a day, visit our online registration portal!

Online registration is easy and secure at the Springfield Park District. To create an online household account, residency must be verified by first visiting one of our customer service locations. This will be the first and only time residency verification will be needed for the system. Please bring sufficient documentation to verify residency status.

Residency will be verified annually by Park District Representatives. Learn more about how to create your new online account to continue to the FUN with parks and recreation! 

Create Online Account

Registration Information

  • Only immediate family members can be listed on a registration form or Household account.
  • Only a parent or guardian may register a minor and sign the waiver.
  • Review all registration, transfer, and refund information and policies. 
  • Payment must accompany registration. 
  • Members or Households with a delinquent balance shall not be allowed to register for Park District programs, purchase season passes or rent facilities until said balance is paid in full. 



Defined The term resident refers to Park District residents who live within Springfield Park District boundaries and who contribute financial support to the Park District through property taxes. Some residents with a Springfield mailing address may not be residents of the Springfield Park District. Please contact the Customer Service Desk at 217-544-1751 ext. 1004 if you need residency information.

The nonresident fee structure is in place to ensure fairness to our residents. Residents of the Park District contribute financial support to the District through property taxes. The Park Board has elected the nonresident fee structure to make nonresident use of our programs and facilities equitable to our residents. “NR” means nonresident.


This account consists of up to two adults and unmarried dependent children, less than 26 years of age who reside at the same address full time. If there are two or more families living at the same address, where there are more than two adults over the age of 26, then two or more accounts must exist.

Household accounts must be created before registering for classes and programs. If you have not updated your current account or do not have an account with us, bring a completed Registration Form, along with a photo ID and qualifying documents to verify residency status to one of our customer service locations for setup.

*Note that a current drivers’ license, government issued ID, or passport must be one of the qualifying documents if you are an Adult over the age of 18.

    Proof of Residency for Adults 18+
  • Current resident utility bill (within the last month)
  • Property tax bill
  • Current drivers' license or government issued ID
  • Passport
    Dependent Children Under Age 26
  • Birth Certificate
  • Health insurance card listing the minors
  • Passport



The Springfield Park District is unable to assume responsibility for injuries or accidents occurring at programs, activities, parks, and facilities. Carrying medical insurance for participants would make the program user fees prohibited. 

Park District Waivers 

Park District Waivers

Forms are required and must be signed when registering yourself or your minor child for Springfield Park District programs and/or memberships. 



Complete details of program policies, procedures, and guidelines are sometimes omitted from the activity guide because of space limitations. Also, errors in days, times, registration requirements and fees may occur as well. We apologize for any errors that may appear. We thank you for your patience and understanding when these situations arise. 

Code of Conduct

Code of Conduct

All activity participants, park goers, facility patrons, and persons permitting park space for private events must adhere to the Springfield Park District's Code of Conduct.

  • Show respect to all participants & staff
  • Refrain from using foul language
  • Refrain from causing harm to other participants or staff
  • Refrain from damaging equipment, supplies, and facilities

For a complete list of this code, go to Policies and Guidelines under General Information on the About tab of the website.

Termination of Participant

Termination of Participant 

The Springfield Park District reserves the right to terminate the participation of any individual in any Park District program, event, or facility for disruptive behavior or if it is considered by the Park District that continued participation of the individual is not in the best interest of the participant or others.

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

A full refund will be issued if the Park District reschedules or cancels a class. A refund will be issued automatically by the Park District (form is not required(.

No refunds will be given once a program or session has ended.

Program refund requests are subject to the Assistant Director of Recreation and Marketing's approval or their designee. Refunds will not be approved for season passes without proof of medical need.

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Be In the Know with All the Park District Latest Updates!

The Park District has improved our Recreation Hotline Number!  To have the most up-to-date information on facility closures, cancellations and weather updates pertaining to special events, you will want to be sure and download the Rainout Line App!  Follow the instructions below, or just call our Rainout Line and follow the prompts! 

Springfield Park District Rainout Line: 217-203-6004           


  • Download the free iPhone or Android app from your App Store (Search for Springfield Park District in the app)
  • View Program status on Rainoutline.com website

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  • Sign up for customized email or text messages for the Program areas of your choice
  • Call our Rainout Line to find out the status of the Program area of your choice: 217-203-6004

Financial Assistance


Financial assistance is available to Springfield Park District residents through recreational scholarships provided by the Springfield Park District.

The Springfield Park District promotes health and recreation for the community through donations, funding efforts that help promote and enhance facilities, services, programs, parks and special projects. Funds raised help finance recreational scholarships and support special projects. No child should be denied access to learning an important ability, such as swimming or developing skills for a lifetime enjoyment, due to their inability to pay. 


If you have financial needs and live within the Springfield Park District, we may be able to help. To learn more about eligibility, download the Financial Assistance Eligibility document. To apply for financial assistance, download a FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM

Have questions? Contact registration at recreation@springfieldparks.org

*Daily Admission, Private Lessons and Season Passes are not available through the scholarship program.



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