Sports and Recreation

In this section you'll find all types of accessible sports and recreation geared to children and adults. The Springfield Park District has 35 parks and that's not counting the additional 8 parks on Lake Springfield, itself an amazing recreational resource serving the entire downstate area. The Park District offers a variety of inclusive recreational programs with still more on the way once its new gem, Southwind Park, opens in 2010. This environmentally sustainable, fully accessible park is included under Family Fun since that's just what it will provide. Whether the family member with a disability is young or old, Southwind Park has a facility or activity to meet their needs.

Also included in this section is access information on Springfield's amusement parks and indoor entertainment centers as well as on the city's mega event, the Illinois State Fair, which takes over the town for 10 days each August. There are also details on private businesses and organizations that provide accessible recreational activities, from bowling, billiards and swimming to boating and therapeutic horseback riding. If you'd rather watch sports than participate in them, then Springfield has two popular teams: the Jr. Blues who play hockey from September to April and the Springfield Sliders who play baseball from early June to mid-August.