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Youth & Teen

Trent Meacham coaching youth basketball ahtletes.

We are excited to welcome former Illini and Professional basketball player, Trent Meacham, as he hosts his basketball camp August 9-12! A local native, Trent developed his game into an all-area player during his time at Centennial High School. He continued his basketball playing career at the University of Illinois. With 9 years of professional playing experience in Europe, Trent has been giving back and sharing his knowledge of the game through his basketball camps. Come join the fun as Trent and his team focus on enhancing your child’s fundamentals and character-building skills through the game of basketball. All participants will get a free t-shirt.

  • K-1st | 8:45-9:45a  
  • 2nd-5th |10-11:15a
  • 6th-8th | 11:30a-12:45p

Date: August 9-12, 2022
Days: Tuesday-Friday
Fee (R/NR): $65/$97.50
Location: Leonard Recreation Center
Instructor: Trent Meacham and his instructor team
Questions: brandon.martin@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3986

Register by July 28

Barnyard Fun offers a variety of hands-on activities. Children will learn about the care and maintenance of the farm and animals. Crafts, games, and plenty of time with the animals make this an eggstraordinarily fun time! Fee includes a t-shirt. Multiple sessions based on age beginning Monday, August 1.

Be sure to wear tennis shoes or boots – NO sandals, please. (Closing date for PF Aug 14) 

Register by August 1


If you are at least 13 years of age, enthusiastic, hardworking, and willing to learn, we can coordinate volunteer hours for you. This is a great opportunity to acquire new skills, gain valuable work experience, and complete high school volunteer hours. Teen volunteers are permitted to work a maximum of 25 hours per week. A waiver must be printed, signed and mailed/dropped off:

Volunteer Coordinator – Jarod Lake
Hays Recreation Center
1311 W. Church St., Champaign IL 61821

For more information, please contact Jarod at volunteer@champaignparks.org or 217-819-3926

Sports & Fitness

Whether you’re looking to get fit, improve your mood, or enjoy one of the simple pleasures of summer – Lap Swimming is just what the doctor ordered. Lap swimmers do not share the lanes with swim team or any other groups – so feel free to stretch out and Carpe Piscinam: Seize the Pool! For those who can’t attend Lap Swim, lap lanes are protected during most open swim hours with some exceptions on weekends and holidays. Feel free to call ahead to check on lane availability.

Lap Swim | Date | Day | Time

  • 6/6-8/12 | M-F | 6:30-7:30a and 6:15-8p
  • 6/4-8/14 | Sa & Su | 8-10:45a and 7:15-8p


Water shoes are highly recommended for better traction in the river, but not required.

River Run is a fun way to work towards better health and fitness with low impact water running/walking in Sholem’s Lazy River. We will have the river current turned on and flowing. All walking/running will be against the current for added resistance. This is a self-guided/self-paced program. Feel free to bring your water weights for a more intense workout. All we ask is that all participating be respectful of those around them (no swimming, playing with toys, splashing, etc.). Enjoy this WET (in the water) opportunity to walk/run your way to better health and fitness.

River Run | Date | Day | Time

  • 6/4-8/14 | Daily | 8-10:45a and 6:15-8p

We are pumped to bring Strength Training back to the Leonhard Recreation Center. Tone and sculpt your whole body. Participants learn the building blocks you need to help you transform your body. This class is designed for all fitness levels! Deadline to sign up for the first session is August 16th

Date: August 23 – September 29, 2022
Day: Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 10-10:45a
Fee (R/NR): $60/90
Deadline: August 16

Sholem Aquatic Center

Once Unit 4 begins classes in August, Sholem Aquatic Center will only be open reduced hours on Saturday and Sunday. Monday through Friday, Sholem will be CLOSED.


We are searching for some fun and energetic Group Fitness Instructors to lead classes at our facilities. Help us get C-U moving by teaching the following classes:

  • Yoga
  • Pilates
  • Bootcamp
  • Yolates
  • Zumba
  • Strength Training
  • Aerobics

Apply on our mobile app or website today!

50 Plus!

Enjoy a delectable, leisurely lunch with friends at Lunch Bunch. Pass around pictures of grandkids or share a funny story. There’s nothing like bonding over a meal! Meet us at Blaze Pizza on Wednesday, August 3.

For Questions, Call DeBorah at 217-239-1152

Whether you would like to learn about email or even troubleshoot some sort of tech, Tech Talk is perfect for you. In Tech Talk, you will have the chance to learn about computer basics, how to use your mobile device, apps, the internet, and much more. June’s class takes place at the Douglass Annex on Thursday, August 11

For Questions, Call Robert at 217-398-2572

Let’s have an awesome time on Member Appreciation Day on August 26th! Come out with an appetite and bring your luck; there will be BBQ, games, and activities. This event will be held from 12 – 3p at Hessel Park Pavilion

For Questions, Call Robert at 217-398-2573


Events & More

CU Days on August 12-13 in Douglass Park.

Celebrate the “Chambana” community with us at Champaign-Urbana Days on August 12 and 13th! Take in the live entertainment, tasty food, children’s activities, sports tournaments, senior luncheon, and more all in Douglass Park. Use #CUDays when sharing online! 

As Champaign-Urbana Days draw near, we’d like to invite you to participate in this
30+ year-old tradition. This event draws nearly 2,000 patrons each year and offers great exposure to the community for participating food vendors. 

Questions: katherine.hicks@champaignparks.org or 217-398-2573

Enjoy music in Hessel Park on August 6th from 1 – 3p. Bring a picnic and set up to enjoy music by the Last Call Band! The best part? It’s FREE

Questions: zoe.southlynn@champaignparks.org or call 217-819-3931


Grab some popcorn and a blanket and join us under the stars for a Friday night flick every month during the summer at Hessel Park with different and on-site food trucks to enjoy! Movies begin at dusk.

This month’s movie: Ghostbusters: Afterlife

Please Note: Dusk is 8:02p on August 26, 2022.

Join us for an evening of bowling at our Family Fun Night event at Old Orchard lanes on August 11th from 5:30 – 7:30p!


    • $30 per group of 4
    • $8 per person
  • Price includes two games of bowling and one 10 inch pizza.

T-Shirt Sale:

  • $10 | 2022 shirt
  • $5 | 2019 shirt

Deadline: August 4, 2022

The Champaign Park District’s Flannel Fest is bigger and better than ever before. On October 14 & 15, Flannel Fest will be taking over Centennial Park. Vendor applications for Flannel Fest are officially open!

We are looking for Market, Community, & Food Truck Vendors. Make sure to apply by August 12th!

Prairie Farm’s open season is coming to a close on August 14th! Make sure to go visit a variety of farm animals for FREE. Daily hours are from 1 – 7p.

Be sure to wear tennis shoes or boots – NO sandals, please.

For Questions, call 217-398-2583 or email brandon.martin@champaignparks.org

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