Summer 2005 Programs


Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Memorial Day, May 31
Closed Independence Day, July 4

Indoor Sports Complex Hours

Daily, 5:30 am - 10:00 pm

Board of Commissioners

Clarence Barney Jr., President

John Andrews, Vice President

Dave Perring, Treasurer

Greg Curry, Member

Jim Sparrow, Member


Marcia Greenslate, Director of Parks and Recreation

Vern Haseley, Superintendent of Operations

Roy Logan, Program Coordinator

Janice Kapik, Business Manager

Christine Logeman, Administrative Assistant

All programs have a minimum and maximum enrollment and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The Park District may alter the schedule, cancel, combine or add programs when enrollment warrants.  Registrations are processed in the order received. Registration can be done in person or by mail.

Lincoln Park District residents, through property taxes, make a financial contribution to the operation of the Park District. Non-residents pay the second fee listed. Program fees are used to offset a part of the costs for instructors, facilities and program supplies.

Because some residents are unable to participate in programs due to economic hardships, the Lincoln Park District provides financial assistance to reduce or waive certain fees and charges. Application forms are available at the Center desk and will be mailed to residents upon request. All applications must be submitted two weeks prior to program registration deadlines. A limited amount of funding is available.   Applicants for assistance are not guaranteed program registrations.

Requests for refunds must be made three-week days prior to the first  class. Application for a refund must be made in person during regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Friday). A $2 service fee is charged for all refunds. If for any reason, a program is cancelled, a total refund is given to each participant registered for the program.

Individual accident insurance for participants in programs is NOT provided by the Lincoln Park District.

Registrants and participants permit the taking of photos and videos of themselves and their children during Park District activities for publication in the program brochure and web site for use, as the Park District deems necessary.

A $15 service fee is charged for checks returned due to insufficient funds.

The Memorial Park shelters are available for person to reserve for private parties or reunions from April 1 - October 15. The park is open from 6:a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, offering applicants a choice of 5 shelters located in the 42-acre park. Reservations for the open-air shelters are available free-of-charge on a first-come,first-served basis by contacting the Center office.

Relax at the following area parks:
Exchange Club Park**Monroe and 21st streets
Lehn & Fink Park**Pekin and Beason streets
Mayfair Park***Southgate and Allison Ave.
Melrose Park***Adams and 13th streets
Postville Park***5th and Washington streets
Ray White Park**Monroe and Short 11th streets

Having a birthday party? Wedding reception? Business meeting/luncheon? Or even a Garage Sale. If so, rent a room in the Center. Our facility offers large and small meeting rooms and kitchen. Come to the Center office or Call Christine to make your reservation.


Give a gift that's sure to fit! The Lincoln Park District has a gift suggestion that is suitable for people of all ages - a Park District Gift Certificate.
Gift certificates are available for all classes, programs and memberships. Give a unique gift - a gift of leisure and learning. For more information, call Christine at the Center at 732-8770.


Enjoy 4 days of fun filled festivities!

Friday, July 1st**Downtown Merchants Red, White, and Blue Sales
Friday Evening**Street Dance with Food & Drinks

Saturday, July 2*Downtown Community Garage Sales
***Open Cruise-IN
***Free Watermelon Feed
Saturday Evening*Street Dance with Country Thunder and Hazzar County
***Food & Drinks

Sunday, July 3**Lincoln Speedway
***Large FIREWORKS Display

Monday, July 4**Lincoln Park District Water Balloon Fights with Fire Department, Kids Parade down Wyatt Avenue
***with judging and prizes. Baseball Tournaments, Pool Games, Christian Rock band and a HUGE



Saturday, June 4 from 11:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Everyone pays just $1.00 or use your pool pass


Bring Dad and he swims for free.  Sunday, June 19, 1:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


FOR ADULTS ONLY, leave the kids home; come out and relax poolside under the stars.

Saturdays, June 18, July 2, or July 16.  8:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.  $1.00 or pass


Bring the whole family and have fun with games, contests and prizes.

Monday, July 4th 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  $1.00 or pass


Midnight swims will be held on selected nights at the pool throughout the summer when the heat seems

unbearable.  Watch and listen for announcements at the pool or the HOTLINE at 732-5916.  $1.00 or pass.


Be a part of our  made for TV Summer Swim Party.  Grab your friends and join in the fun.  Compete in relays or biggest and smallest splashes.   Also a Soda Scramble where the winners get to push a lifeguard of their choice into the pool! We double dog dare you to be a part of this filmed to be aired on CITV 5  swim party sensation.   Saturday, July 16  1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Former Stars of this show invited.


Just for the older 5th - 8th graders, this party is our farewell to summer.  Water contests, D.J. Brando, pizza and soft drinks included.  Saturday, August 13, 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.  swim  7:30p.m. - 9:00 p.m. skate  $5.00 per person for skate and swim.


Make a big splash at your next birthday party, reunion or special occasion with a pool party!  Rental fee includes lifeguards.  Arrangements for parties should be made at least 2 weeks prior to the event.  Contact Chris, 732-8770 between 8:30a.m. and 4:00 p.m. weekdays for assistance in planning your own special splash-a-poolaza!

Available time slots are 6:30 p.m. - 8:30p.m. & 8:30p.m. - 10:30p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.  Or 8:30p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday.



 Swimming instruction is available for all ages and skill levels at the Park District pool.  From beginnners, to advanced.  There's something for everyone. 

As a part of a cooperative effort with the Lincoln Park District, the Lincoln Area YMCA will be conducting all instructional programs at the pool.  Questions concerning the YMCA swimming programs should be directed  to Nate Bossingham at 735-3915

There are many ways you can help the Lincoln Park District. Investing in our community and the people in it will always be valuable.

Is your neighborhood group or service organization looking for a worthwhile and rewarding community project? Why not adopt a park?
We have seven neighborhood parks to choose from. Your group can take an active role in the planning, upkeep and programming in the park of your choice. Call Roy at 732-8770 and get started today.

Neighborhood Park Watch Program
The neighborhood Park Watch Program is a cooperative effort among the Lincoln Park District, the Lincoln Police Department and the community residents.
This program is designed to create community awareness and pride; to decrease vandalism and crime; to provide neighborhood residents a safe and comfortable environment and to develop a sense of ownership.
If you would like to become involved in the Neighborhood Park Watch Program near your home, please call us at 732-8770.

Plant a Tree!
Here is a unique way to celebrate the birth of a child, wedding, anniversary, or to honor the memory of a loved one.....Plant a tree!
For a donation of $200, the Lincoln Park District will plant a tree in the park of your choice. A Living Tribute certificate and map of where the tree has been planted are included. Trees available as memorials are: ash, red maple, Norway maple, linden, pin oak, red oak, crabapple and dogwood. What a wonderful way to contribute to the beauty and environmental health of our community. Trees are carefully monitored and are guaranteed for five years.

Park Bench Recognition Memorials
A gift of $500 will place an attractive bench in the park of your choice with a plaque inscribed with your message or loved ones name.

Youth Scholarship Fund
The Lincoln Park District's Youth Scholarship Fund assists children who demonstrate financial need to be able to participate in Lincoln Park District programs.
Budgeted amounts are simply not enough to accommodate the number of requests received each year for financial assistance. Your contribution will make a difference in our community's children.

At the Lincoln Park District we believe that volunteerism can be one of the highest forms of recreation! Volunteering helps your community, enriches your leisure time and offers you the opportunity to develop new interests and friendships.
Volunteer opportunities are available for individuals or groups in on-going programs and/or special projects and events. We will match your skills and interests with the right volunteer position. For more information on the Volunteer Program and the opportunities, you are welcome to write or visit the office at 1400 Primm Road or call 732-8770.
*All of us at the District deeply appreciate the tremendous contributions of the*many volunteers who have given so much time and energy to the Park District*programs. A heartfelt THANK YOU to each and every one of our Volunteers.

Friends of Illinois Parks
People from all walks of life are making a difference in parks and recreation. These 'friends' make monetary contributions, give their time to clean-up parks and forest preserves, teach classes or coach sports teams. Friends of Illinois Parks is a nonprofit organization that strives to involve more citizens statewide as friends in these ways and others, such as legislative advocacy.
For more information about Friends of Illinois Parks:
contact Friends of Illinois Parks,
*************211 East Monroe Street, Springfield IL 62701
************ Toll free 1-877-523-4558 or

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For Kids and Adults


Bump, Set, Spike!! Learn the fundamentals with hands-on practice. Aspects covered include hitting, setting, passing, blocking and serving. Also taught are offensive and defensive strategies. Our instructor is Mark Tippett, Head Volleyball coach for Lincoln College. You must pre-register in order to receive a T-shirt the week of camp.

#150 Entering 4th - 6th Grades 9:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Indoor Courts/Sports Center
Tu. - Th. June 14,15, & 16 $35.00/$43.75


Lauren Perring will be our Tumbling Instructor. Lauren studied in Minier for seven years. She received numerous awards for her ability in floor exercises as well as the uneven bars. Lauren has also given private instruction for the past two years. Ms. Perring has taught with us in the past and we are pleased to welcome here back. Lauren's older returning students will be placed in the advanced class.
Sundays July 10th, 17th, 24th, & 31st*All Sessions are $30.00/$37.50
#151 Beginners*K - 2nd*Grades**1:30p.m. - 2:15p.m.
#152 Beginners 3rd - 5th Grades**2:30p.m. - 3:15p.m.



 Find out what's up at Lincoln Park District all summer long.  Think your game might be rained out?  Find out on the HOTLINE.  Want to know what special events are going on?  Give the HOTLINE a ring.     732-5916.



Rick Hamm State Farm Insurance and Lincoln Park District team up to offer this challenging safety seminar.  We will start with a safety inspection.  After that there will be several different stations with various courses that will test your ability and skill level at circling and changing direction, mounting and dismounting, stopping ability and short radius turning.  We will even have a race to see who can ride the slowest!

Prizes will be awarded.  We encourage you to wear your helmets and any other safety equipment you may have.  There is no charge for this event held near the golf shack at the Park District.  Moms and Dads are welcome to attend.


We invite Senior Citizens, (we start them at the youthful age of 60!) to join us in Memorial Park the first and third Fridays of June, July, and August. Our walks will start at 9:00 a.m and last approximately 1 hour. Points of interest throughout the Park will be highlighted.
Light refreshments will be included. There is no charge for this program.

Mike Bieser, owner and master trainer of Canine Training Institute will be the instructor. Covered will be sit, lay, and leading on a leash. Owners/Handlers must be a minimum of 8 years of age. Proof of inoculation is required at the time of registraton.
Owners/Handlers must provide a 6 foot non-retractable leash and a chain/choke collar. This class will be for four weeks. Class will be one hour starting at 1:30 p.m.
#155 8yrs - Adult Sundays July 10 $40.00/$50.00*


Lincoln Park District will be hosting their fifth annual Summer Golf Camp this June.   Students of all ages are encouraged to sign up early due to the growth and popularity of this program.  And, once again, we are pleased to have Jim Dunovsky return as our instructor.

A one-time Lincoln resident and an IWU alum, Jim currently resides in the southwest suburbs of Chicago.  A thirteen-year ambassador of the game, and presently managing at The Links at Carillon Golf Club in Plainfield, Jim is actively pursuing PGA Certification to further his career.  His passion and knowledge of the game of golf, as well as his light hearted approach to teaching, are definitely the keys to his successful instruction.

The one-week Golf Camp consists of four days of instruction and ends with a fun-filled nine hole round of golf on Friday at Four Willows Golf Course in Mason City.  The primary focus of the camp will be on the fundamentals of the golf swing, (grip, stance, posture, form and tempo).  And finally, no lesson would be complete without some of the basics on rules, philosophy, and etiquette.  Teaching fun through instruction helps all of Jim's students easily enjoy what can be a very challenging game.

#108*9yr. - 12 yr.*8:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.*M - F*June 20 - 24*$80.00/$100.00 


We happily welcome Brianna Sheldon back home for the summer.  Brianna joins us as our Tennis Instructor.  She comes to our courts from the LCHS varsity tennis team, where she progressed from the most improved player her sophomore year to team captain and MVP her senior year.  Attending WIU Brianna plans to graduate next year with a major in Law Enforcement and a double minor in Fire Science and Economics.  Although busy with her involvement in the Sigma Kappa Sorority, she still enjoys the game. 

PeeWee Tennis introduces kids to tennis basics.  Ages are 4 - 7, and equipment is furnished.  Beginners are entering 3rd - 5th grades.  Intermediates include entering 6th - 8th grades and Advanced are for those entering 9th to all ages.  Beginner to advanced must bring his or her own equipment.  Instruction is on our indoor  courts and everyone will need tennis shoes.

**#112*PeeWee*8:00a.m. - 8:45 a.m.**M - F**June 6 - 10*$25.00/$31.25

**#113*Beginner*8:45a.m. - 9:45 a.m.**M - F**June 6 - 10*$25.00/$31.25

**#114*Intermediate*9:45a.m. - 10:45 a.m.**M - F**June 6 - 10*$25.00/$31.25

**#115*Advanced*10:45a.m. - 11:45 a.m.**M - F**June 6 - 10*$25.00/$31.25


Learn the fundamentals of baseball including hitting, fielding, throwing, and base running.  Emphasis on sportsmanship, teamwork and fun!  Rosters will be on/in the local media.  T-shirts, caps, and schedules will be distributed at the first practice.  All athletes must wear sneakers and have their own ball gloves. Parents will need to choose a session and the season will last for six weeks.

 Our coaches for this session will be Michelle Young and Howie Fuiten.  Ms. Young teaches at Carroll Catholic School and played softball and basketball.   Mr. Fuiten teaches at LCHS, he also played Tee Ball here and baseball in college.  By the end of September we will introduce them to you as Mr. & Mrs. Fuiten!!  Congratulations coaches, thanks for sharing your summer with LPD.

#110*Entering K - 2*9:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.*Mon. & Wed.*  Starting June 13*$25.00/$31.25

#111*Entering K - 2*9:00a.m. - 11:00 a.m.*Tues. & Thurs.*  Starting June 14*$25.00/$31.25*

#401*Entering K - 2*8:30a.m. - 10:30 a.m.*Saturday*  Starting June 18*$25.00/$31.25


Our fishing clinic is held in the Railer Room at Lincoln Park Dis.  The fundamentals of fishing are explored along with safety issues.  The Department of Natural Resources will be here with displays and giveaways.   Casting, tying on a hook, and different types of bait will be discussed.  There will also be several displays, including a championship pro-fishing bass boat.

The Fishing Derby is held at Hickory Lane Campground, near Atlanta.  The Lincoln City Police D.A.R.E. program will sponsor the free Derby.  The wiener wagon will be on hand to offer hotdogs & sodas to the participants.  Parental approval is a must and parents are encouraged to attend.

Both events are free.

*#116*Clinic*5 - 15 yrs.*6:30p.m. - 8:00 p.m.**Tues.*June 7

*#117*Derby*5 - 15 yrs.*9:00a.m. - 11:30 a.m.**Sat. *June 11 


Get a taste of different styles of dance this summer.  Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Celtic,  and Clogging are included.  Special shoes are not needed but please wear something other than socks.  Previous experience is not necessary.

Instructor Audra Turley, owner of Audra's Studio of Dance, is a Master Graduate of Dance Educators of America.  She is also the director to the award winning Flying Feet Cloggers and Competition Teams.  Parents will be invited to a demonstration on the last day of class.

#118*Ages 6 & up*9:00 a.m. - Noon*Th. & Fri. 7/21 &22



 Limited hours are available for Child Care during your workout.  Children may enjoy interactive play or movies, coloring, or other fun activities.  Parents must stay in the building.  Call for availability..


 The lights dim, a hush comes over the room, then the curtain goes up, Act I, Scene I.  A little exaggerated for our "theatre"  but directed by real theatre professionals none the less.  Jenny Holcombe, formerly Jennny MacMurdo, returns to share her craft with Lincoln Park District and Lincoln Community Theater.  Jenny owns The Little Coat Theatre Company with business partner Jenn Murphy.  Jenny started our Summer Theatre program in 2002 and directs South Pacific for LCT this summer.

Each workshop is age specific with activities tailored to their abilities.  Experience the basics of getting a show into production; painting, singing, set design, tryouts, and improv.  Included is a tour of the Johnson Center and Lincoln Community Theatre's Warehouse.  Bring your sack lunch, your swim suit and towel.  Family and friends are invited to see the show on the last day of the workshop.

#123*6yrs. - 10 yrs.*Mon. - Fri.*June 6th - 10th**9:00a.m. - 4:00p.m. *$75.00/$93.75 

#124*11yrs. - 14 yrs.*Mon. - Fri.*June


 Mike and Julie Bieser are our instructors.  Mike and Julie met at the Park District a few years ago and the rest is history!  This fun four-week session will include the very popular swing dance, a night club two step, which are steps set to a slower beat, and of course, the ChaCha.  We will be in the Ballroom on Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Comfortable clothes and slick soled shoes are recommended.

 #174*Adults     7:00p.m. -  8:30p.m.  Thursdays     June 9 - 30*  $40.00/$50.00    Per Couple


 Have you ever wanted to learn a second language?  Now you have the opportunity!  Nancy Hobbs, born and raised in the Caribbean, will be teaching conversational Spanish.  Her focus will be for the  benefit of the tourist traveling abroad.  Everyday language barriers will be addressed as well as advice for seeking information while visiting and navigating in a foreign country.

#503  Adult Spanish*  June 13 - 17*  7:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m.*$30.00/$37.50


Ola! That's Spanish for hello.  Nancy Hobbs, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in Puerto Rico, will be our instructor.  Her friendly and outgoing personality will introduce young people to cultural similarities and differences between the Caribbean and USA.  Along with learning conversational Spanish, you will experience food, fashion, and fun from the Puerto Rican culture.  Enjoy a real Caribbean vacation right here in Lincoln!

#501*Youth Spanish Entering 3rd - 5th Grades  June 13 - 17  *9:00a.m. - 10:00a.m.*$30.00/$37.50

#502*Youth Spanish Entering 6th - 8th Grades  June 13 - 17  *10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m.       $30.00/$37.50


Whether you are shooting skeet or hunting big game, this course is for you.  Illinois State Law requires that anyone born on or after January 1, 1980 may not be issued a hunting license unless they take a valid Hunter Education Course.  Logan County Quail Unlimited and Logan County Whitetail Unlimited are the sponsors of this educational program.

This course consists of 10 hours of instruction.  This class covers the basics of hunter responsibility, wildlife conservation and identifications, firearms and ammunitions, field safety, wildlife manage, first aid, archery, muzzle loading and state regulations.  This course is open to all ages and many states are now requiring adult hunters to furnish evidence of having completed a Hunter Safety Course prior its issuance of a non-resident license.  Persons completing the minimum 10-hour class and successfully passing the final examination will receive a State of Illinois Certificate of Competency and a graduate patch.

There is no cost to take this course and refreshments/lunch will be provided.  STUDENTS MUST ATTEND BOTH DAYS TO GRADUATE AND PROVIDE A VALID SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER.   Pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

#506   Fri. June 3   6:00p.m. - 10:00 p.m.*  AND            Sat. June 4   9:00a.m. - 3:00 p.m.**Cost:  Free



Have you heard the expression, "Can't see the forest for the trees"?  Well, after today you will not only know the names of the trees, but everything it takes to make up a forest.  Carol Thompson, Park Interpreter from Weldon Springs State Park is coming to teach us all about nature in Memorial Park.  We are the only park district in Central Illinois that Carol shares her time with.  Welcome back Carol and thank you for your gift of knowledge!

  This adventure packed day is filled with birding, looking for bugs and butterflies, using sweep nets to examine the smallest of insects, hiking and tree identification.  Anything else that Mother Nature chooses to reveal to us will be discussed as well.

A pioneer's meal will be offered at noon for all the participants.  Roast, potatoes, and carrots with fresh baked biscuits from cast iron dutch ovens are on the menu.  Open fire cooking with young people making their own desserts is only a part of the experience.  Insect repellant and long pants with comfortable tennis style shoes are suggested.  Parents/Guardians are responsible for transportation to and from Memorial Park.

#137*Entering 1st - 3rd grades*9:00 - 1:00*Thursday*July 14**$8.00/$12.00

#138*Entering 4th - 6th grades*9:00 - 3:00*Thursday*July 14**$8.00/$12.00


Learn football fundamentals this summer.  Sign up is July 1st through July 24th.  First practice is July 25th. Equipment check-out and schedules will be posted later.   Football is for boys entering 6th - 8th grades and the fee is $55.00 per child and $30.00 for each additional family member.  The Commissioner is Matt Vlahovich, 737-7875 or Larry Booth, 871-0409.



This family oriented event is being planned to tour the black top roads of historic Logan County.  We are planning a shorter 12 mile loop and a longer 30+ mile loop.  Refreshments and snacks are offered at different locations.  Watch local online/print newspapers for the latest developments.

Cost is $12.00 per person and $25.00 per family.  A family is 2 adults over 18 and 2 children under the age of 14.  T shirts will be offered for sale.

#508*Youth - Adult(s)*Sat.  Aug 20  Start 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

MOM or DAD & ME!

Looking for a fun, quality filled morning with your children?  Let a Park Consultant lead you around and share general information with each of you at Memorial Park.

Our day will start by building a bat house and learning how all of nature interacts with one another.  Hikes around the park will be spent looking for what nature has put right under our noses.  Interactive games and a project or two for home will be planned.  Long sleeves, jeans, insect repellant and tennis shoes are recommended.  An adult must stay with their children.

Registration will be limited so adequate supplies may be furnished.

#509*Ages 6 & up**Saturday, June 25*9:00 - 10:30*$8.00/$12.00

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