Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park has quite open, flat areas on the north and rolling, forested land on the south and west. It is one of the most heavily used parks in the district, with various passive and active amenities.

Residents describe Lincoln park as a lovely park setting with a good-sized playground, a fountain, a pond, a little bridge, hills, and walking trails.

Lincoln Park is an 88-acre tract on Springfield’s north side added to the park district in 1905, and it is one of the historic parks built as the terminus of the city trolley line. Its form and numerous elements date back to the time of its inception.

Sangamon Avenue is on the north, Black Avenue is on the south, 5th Street is on the east, 1st Street is on the west, and Calvary cemetery and Oak Ridge are on the west. Established residential communities surround the park, bordered to the northeast by the State Fairgrounds and to the southeast by Springfield College and Ursuline Academy High School.

Of all the parks in the district, Lincoln Park has the most sports-oriented facilities. Running, walking, bicycling, school district cross-country, and training all take place on the trails, roadway network, and open space. You can find a soccer field, three tennis courts, six ball diamonds, twenty-one horseshoe courts, and three shuffleboard courts can be found in the park’s northern part.

The Nelson Recreation Center, which is also in this region, has two indoor ice rinks, an outdoor pool, special events, restrooms, and a concession area. A picnic area with shades, a small bandstand, and a vast playground in the southern part of the building.

The old stone pavilion is located on a hillside in the park’s southern part. Find a lagoon bridged by an ancient stone bridge to the south. The bridge provides a lovely setting for pedestrian strolling, photography, and other activities. Nearby, there is a tiny playground. The lagoon is surrounded by a disc golf course that stretches to the open grasslands to the south. If you walk around, you will find a second disc golf course.

The Springfield City Railroad Company controlled Oak Ridge Park sold to the newly formed Springfield Pleasure Driveway and Park District. It was formerly known as North Park but was renamed Lincoln Park after the nearby cemetery, which houses Abraham Lincoln’s ultimate burial place. Lincoln Park was named the prettiest road in central Illinois in 1905. It was named after Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States and a Springfield native.

Inner arcs allow access to many parking sites and recreational facilities, and car access is provided from each of the neighboring streets into the park. Pedestrians share the road and also use the park’s sidewalks. Flower beds and a fountain enhance the park’s northeast frontage. Nearby is a street-tree arboretum.

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