Champaign Park District

By TRACY MOSS
tmoss@news-gazette.com

www.champaignparkdistrict.com • 398-2550
The Champaign Park District is a special district of the city government that is governed by five commissioners who are elected Champaign city residents. The district maintains 60 parks covering more than 653 acres and 15 facilities ranging from a tennis center to a vintage movie theater currently undergoing more renovation.
Among the parks and facilities:

Bresnan Meeting Center
706 Kenwood Road • 398-2550
Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 am to 5 p.m.
Features: Administrative office for the Champaign Park District; park commissioner board meetings held here.

Centennial Park
Crescent Drive and Kirby Avenue • 398-2550
Features: Picnic area, shelter, outdoor grills, drinking fountain, restrooms, concessions, five ballfields, one basketball court, one soccer field, eight tennis courts, two volleyball courts, outdoor pool, waterpark, playground, walking paths and sledding in the winter.

Douglass Community Center
512 E. Grove St. • 398-2573
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.
Features: Multipurpose facility; full-size gymnasium that houses six basketball goals and a stage. Eager Beaver Preschool is also on site and open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Douglass Annex
804 N. Fifth St. • 398-2572
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Features: This facility is equipped with a large activity room, computer lab, kitchen, lounge, pool table, ping pong table, television, piano and exercise equipment. The annex is available to rent for meetings or family activities.

Douglass Park
Fifth St. and Grove St. • 398-2550
Features: Pinic area, grills, restrooms, one ballfield, two basketball courts, one soccer field, playground, walking paths, sledding in winter.

Prairie Farm
2202 W. Kirby Ave. • 398-2583
Hours: Daily 1 to 7 p.m.; open May 27 through Sept. 4.
Features: Replica of a turn-of-the century farm, complete with barns, farmhouse, pond, pasture and flower garden, as well as sheep, pigs, goats, horses, cows, chickens and geese.

Hays Recreation Center
1311 W. Church St. • 398-2580
Hours: Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Features: This multipurpose recreation center provides educational, social, recreational and fitness programs for preschool, youths, adults and mature adults. The recreation center is equipped with two activity rooms and is available for rent weekday evenings and on weekends.

Hessel Park
Grandview Drive and Kirby Avenue
26.9 acres
Features: Picnic area, shelter, outdoor grills, drinking fountain, restrooms, one ballfield, four lighted tennis courts, two volleyball courts, one waterplay area, a playground and walking paths.

Kaufman Lake Boathouse
2612 W. Springfield Ave. • 398-2570
Features: Hayrack and fire ring rentals can be made April 1 to Oct. 31. The boathouse is available for rental year-round.

Leonhard Recreation Center
2112 W. Sangamon Drive • 398-2571
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Features: This multipurpose facility has a variety of programming, including fitness classes, social events, volleyball, basketball and summer day camp. Open gym time is also scheduled monthly and costs residents $1 for basketball and $2 for volleyball.

Sholem Aquatic Center
Sangamon Drive in Centennial Park • 398-2581
Hours: Weekdays, 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; weekends/holidays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Features: Two zero-depth-entry pools with spray features, 8,000-square-foot activity pool and 1,500-square-foot kiddie pool. Three water rides: 660-foot lazy river raft ride; 197-foot body flume slide ride; 170-foot tube slide ride into river. Eight 25-yard lap lanes. Shade and sun areas. Family restrooms. Bathhouse.

Spalding Recreation Center
910 N. Harris • 398-2577 or 398-2374
Features: This facility has a large activity room and is available for organizations and group meetings.

Spalding Park Skatepark
910 N. Harris St.
Features: Skatepark consists of 18,000 square feet of concrete with three bowls, a snake run and a street course. Skatepark is free and open seven days a week for skateboarders and inline skaters.

Spalding Pool
910 N. Harris St. • 398-2578
Hours: Weekdays, 1 to 5 p.m.; weekends/holidays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Features: Spalding Pool is open June 12 through Aug. 12.

Springer Cultural Center
301 N. Randolph St. • 398-2376
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Features: This century-old building in the heart of downtown Champaign is dedicated to the promotion and understanding of the visual and performing arts. People of all skill levels can join classes in visual art, music, dance and drama. Professional concerts and exhibits held in the lobby. The center has two large mirrored studios, a pottery studio, a wood shop and four preschool rooms. This provides for additional programming in fitness, health and wellness, woodworking and preschool development. Four meeting rooms are available for rent.

Tennis Center
2802 Farber Drive • 352-6044
Features: Six indoor courts, with lessons, classes, workouts and permanent court time. It also offers racket-stringing services and is available for birthday parties.

Virginia Theatre
203 W. Park St. • 356-9063
Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Features: Historic theater showcases movies (recent and classic), live music, comedians and other entertainment acts, but will be closed this summer and early fall. “Sunset Boulevard” was the last film shown before the Virginia Theatre closed June 15 for renovations. The theater will reopen at the end of November with a new look, including an improved lobby and concessions area, entryways, and the 63-year-old marquee will be refurbished or replaced. The Virginia Theatre will not be open to the public for any shows during the renovations.

West Side Park
400 W. University Ave.
12.7 acres     
Features: Became the first park in Champaign County in 1859. Features a playground and walking paths. Home to Taste of Champaign-Urbana.

Zahnd Park
Corner of Windsor Road and Staley Road in southwest Champaign
20 acres
Features: Two lighted ballfields, playground, parking, picnic area, shelter.

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