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Note not all programs are available for registration online. Please see our program guide for more details.

For information to register for Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation programs, please click here. 

Youth Scholarship Program 

Because some residents are unable to participate in recreation programs due to economic hardship, the Champaign Park District offers scholarships to reduce certain fees and charges. Youth Scholarship Program applicants are not guaranteed fund availability, program registration or choice of program location. Early applications are given priority. Need is the primary criterion upon which scholarship applicants are considered. Questions: 398-2550.

CPD & CUSR Scholarship Forms will be used by any applicant who wants financial help with programs occurring between May 1 through April 30. Page 3 is for each child requesting assistance, so print multiple copies if needed:  

If a participant would like to apply for more programs than space allowed on the form, please use the following form for additional program:

If you would like to submit your completed scholarship application with the required documents by email, please send to tom.gilbert@champaignparks.org.

Get information on how you can support the Youth Scholarship Fund here.

Child Care Resource Service (CCRS)

Child Care Resource Service helps income-eligible parents who are working and/or going to school pay for their child care. Eligibility is based on parents’ family size and income. Working families whose incomes are at or below 50% of the state median income level may be eligible to apply. Processing the application can take up to 10 business days, once all the necessary information is received. Please pick up an application form from CCRS.

Questions: Child Care Resource Service, 333-3252 or 1-800-325-5516

Please Note: Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation is unable to accept CCRS payment due to changes in governmental regulations.

Register at our Facilities

PLEASE NOTE: Currently, only facility accepting registration is Leonhard Recreation Center.

We also accept registration in-person at our major facilities, by mail, and by fax.  Please mail (or fax) your completed form to the address/number indicated on the form.
Download and print registration forms

Choose any of these facilities:
Dodds Tennis Center (seasonal)
Douglass Community Center
Hays Recreation Center
Leonhard Recreation Center
Springer Cultural Center

Equal Access

The Champaign Park District works cooperatively with Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation to offer equal access to our recreation programs and services for persons with disabilities. Check out CUSR Inclusion Services for participants who wish to register for Champaign Park District programs but need a little extra support. 

CUSR Inclusion Services >>

For further information call 217-239-1152 or grace.tissier@champaignparks.org.

Program Cancellations, Refunds

Refunds will be given only through the second meeting of any program unless the Park District cancels the program or the participant experiences a medical problem which prohibits program participation. When a medical problem exists, the refund will be a prorated amount based on the number of sessions remaining in the program less the service charge. There will be a $5 service charge for refunds issued due to participant cancellation (per participant/per occurrence) unless stated otherwise in program description. In cases where the minimum number of registrants is not received for a program, the Park District may have to cancel the program. In cases of program cancellations, full refunds will be issued to all registrants.

Weather Cancellations: Rainout Line >>

Programs may be cancelled due to inclement weather or unusable facilities. A decision regarding cancellation will be made two hours prior to the scheduled starting time for high school/adult programs and one hour prior to the start of youth programs. If deteriorating conditions force on-site cancellations, information will be put on the Cancellation Line (217-805-4100) as soon as possible. A Champaign Park District representative will remain on-site until the next scheduled event to inform participants of the cancellation.

Possible Changes in Listings

The policies, procedures, requirements, programs, fees, and facility availability contained in the brochure represent those at the time of publication. Sometimes changes are necessary after publication, but prior to program commencement or facility operation. In order to provide the best service to the public, the District reserves the right to add, change, modify, or delete any programs and policies. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

NSF Checks

A $25 service charge will be assessed on all checks returned due to insufficient funds.


Individual accident liability insurance is not provided by the Champaign Park District.

Code of Conduct

All participants are expected to exhibit appropriate behavior at all times while participating, spectating, or attending any program or activity sponsored by the Champaign Park District. This includes participation in programs which may or may not require an admission fee, spectating at athletic events, concerts, or attending special events. The following guidelines are designed to provide safe and enjoyable activities for all participants. Additional Codes of Conduct may apply for particular programs such as day camps, athletic leagues, and the aquatic facilities.
Participants shall:

  1. Show respect to all participants and program staff and/or supervisors.
  2. Take direction from program staff/supervisors.
  3. Refrain from using abusive or foul language.
  4. Refrain from causing bodily harm to self, other participants or program staff/ supervisors.
  5. Refrain from damaging equipment, supplies, and facilities.


The Park District/CUSR occasionally takes photographs or video of participants for promoting/advertising our programs, services, events, activities, and facilities in our brochures, website or agency social media, and other promotional avenues. By registering for, participating in or attending Park District/CUSR programs, events, or other activities, the participant (or parent/guardian of a minor participant) irrevocably agrees to the use and distribution by the Park District/CUSR of his or her image (or of his minor child/ward) in photographs, video recordings, and any other electronic reproductions of such programs, events and activities for any purpose without inspection or approval and without compensation, rights to royalties or any other consideration now and in the future.

Equal Opportunity

It is the policy of the Champaign Park District to provide that no person shall on the grounds of race, color, creed, national origin, sex, age, marital status, physical and mental disability, sexual preference, veteran status, or any other protected characteristic as establish by law be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under, any program or activity of the District.


Program registration deadlines are established to give participants a date by which they should be registered. If enrollment is almost high enough to conduct a class, the registration deadline may be extended. If you missed the deadline, please call 398-2550 to get information on possible deadline extensions.

Program Waiting Lists

Sometimes programs may fill. If this is the case, please ask to be placed on a waiting list.

Proof Of Residency

Proof of residency must accompany all registration. This includes one of the following:
Utility bill
Driver’s license
Voter registration card
Other legal proof of residency

Fees: Resident Versus Non-Resident

Fees listed within the program information are for Champaign and Urbana Park Districts residents. Persons residing outside these districts will pay 50% more than the resident rates. Fees charged for programs are used to offset part of the costs for special instructors, facility costs, and program supplies.

Wondering if you are a resident? Find out using the Champaign County GIS map.

Fees: Non-Resident Option

Program participants living outside the boundaries of the Champaign and Urbana Park Districts have an option of paying 50% more than the resident fee for each program or paying a yearly fee and the resident fee for each program.
The yearly fee is computed on the assessed valuation of the non-resident’s home. The yearly fee is this valuation multiplied by the current tax rate of the Champaign Park District. The term of the payment coverage is from May 1 to April 30 of the following year. A person wishing to pay the yearly fee should bring a copy of the most recent tax bill to the Leonhard Recreation Center for computation of the fee. To receive the same privilege, non-resident renters may pay a flat fee of $50. The non-resident annual fee option is not available to persons residing adjacent to the Park District boundaries.They, however, have the option of annexing their property to the Champaign Park District. If you have any questions, please contact us at 398-2550.

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