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CPD Fourth of July Weekend Fun!

Teens floating down Sholem Aquatic Center's Lazy River with smiles on their faces.

Spend your holiday weekend with Champaign Park District! Friday Night Flix, Hessel Park Concert, Prairie Farm, Sholem Aquatic Center, the Freedom Celebration, and so much more to do starting July 1.

Click through the tabs below to learn all the ways you can #RecreateTogether this weekend.

Park Safety Reminders:

SpongeBob with pinky up in dried out grass gasping for water.

The lack of rain and high temperatures have caused the grass in parks to begin to go dormant as a protective measure.

Due to these conditions, please remember:

1. Firework use in parks is illegal
2. Do not pour used charcoal into grass or at the base of trees
3. Do not flick cigarettes into grassy areas

Rainout Line

Rainout Line. Get email and text alerts, downlard free phone app, online, or call 217-805-4100 for weather cancellations, facility closures, and more.

With the chance of rain throughout the weekend, what better time to become friends with our Rainout Line than now!? You can get emails & text alerts, download the free phone app, visit bit.ly/CPDRainoutLine >>, or call 217-805-4100!

What To Do This Weekend!

Groups of families gathered around an outdoor stage enjoying a free concert in the park.

Friday, July 1, 2022

Hessel Park Tree Walk

Hessel Park Tree Walk

The purpose of the brochure is to provide opportunities for area school children and residents to learn about trees in central Illinois, and through a partnership with the University of Illinois Extension, to provide residents with access to information about proper planting and care for featured trees.

Featured in this brochure are drawings provided by Jean Burridge, International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist, and descriptions of 36 of the more common species of trees that currently exist in Hessel Park.

Friday Night Flix at Hessel Park | Sing 2

Champaign Park District Friday Night Flix on July 1 at Hessel Park. Movie is Sing 2 and it's sponsored by Smile Doctors.

All Ages

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

Time: Movie begins at dusk

Sponsored by: Smile Doctors >>

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Hessel Park Concert | Anika Emily

Outdoor stage set up in Hessel Park. Patrons gathered around to listen to a free concert.

Enjoy music in Hessel Park this summer! Bring a picnic and set up to enjoy our local talent.

Time: 1-3p

CUAS Family Skywatch

Join members of the Champaign-Urbana Astronomical Society, Inc. on Saturday, July 2 for an evening under the stars. At CUAS Family Skywatch, you can see the stars and planets through the largest public telescope in East Central Illinois.

All skywatch sessions are cancelled in the event of cloudy weather (visit cuas.org.)

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Find A New Favorite Park

Two young kids sitting on the playground smiling.

Did you know we have 62 parks with 31 playgrounds? It’s time for you to #ExploreChampaignParks and find a new favorite park today!

Art in the Park Map

Use our online Art in the Park Map to learn more about the beautiful sculptures and monuments in our parks.

Go To A Splash Pad…or BOTH!

Child hanging from outdoor Splash Pad equipment being sprayed with water for fun.

Our Splash Pads are open and they’re waiting for you! Visit Douglass or Hessel Park for some free family fun.

Fly A Kite

Flying a kite is the perfect social distancing activity! You must maintain distance to successfully get your kite to soar. Let’s go fly a kite at our Top 5 Parks to Fly a Kite in Champaign!

CPD Trees Public Map

Ever wonder, “What kind of tree is that?” If you’re in a Champaign park, we can help you figure it out! Learn more with our Public Tree Map.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Freedom Celebration

If you’re attending the Champaign County Freedom Celebration Parade, make sure to wave to the CPD Trolley!

Sholem Aquatic Center

Two kids in swim trunks walking towards the water slides holding a double innertube.

Sholem Aquatic Center is OPEN on Monday, July 4, 2022! Visit the SAC page for facility hours, pricing, and more.

Prairie Farm

Farm themed children's petting zoo with red barn and wooden fences call Prairie Farm.

Prairie Farm features a variety of farm animals and activities for everyone to explore. No admission is charged, but donations to help us keep operating are appreciated.

For safety reasons, closed-toe shoes must be worn when participating in programs or entering the Petting Zoo.

Visit the Prairie Farm page for more information.

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