Bresnan Meeting Center

bresnan1Location: 706 Kenwood Rd. (Directions)
Phone: 217-819-3801
Fax: 217-355-8421
Bus Line: Green
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Bresnan Meeting Center is the administrative office of the Champaign Park District. Board of Commissioners' meetings are held at this location on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.


  • Total construction cost of $177,656.
  • Originally called "The Meeting Center."
  • Renamed to Bresnan Meeting Center May 9, 1984 in honor of Park Commissioner Donald F. Bresnan (1963-1999)
  • Dedicated May 2, 1968.

Dodds Tennis Center

DoddsTennisCenterSignLocation: 2802 Farber Drive (Directions)
Phone: 217-352-6044
Fax: 217-398-2380
Bus Line: Lavender
Hours: This facility is open from September 3 through May 12.

  • Monday-Friday: 7:00am-10:00pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: 8:30am-10:00pm

 Please note if the courts are not in use after 9:00pm, Dodds Tennis Center may close early.

The Dodds Tennis Center is dedicated to Newt Dodds for his 38 years of service on the Board of Park Commissioners. The Dodds Tennis Center features six indoor courts and offers a vast array of programs including lessons, drill & plays, and workouts. These programs are available on various days and times that will work with most schedules! Locker room and shower facilities are available.

Please see our Sports-Tennis page for tournament information.

Pro Shop

The Tennis Center rents Wilson demo racquets and also is able to order any Wilson tennis related items including SHOES!!!! Stop by and take a look.


See attachments below for the Tennis Center Membership Application Form and program fees. You can also renew your current membership online by clicking here.

  • Permanent Court Time (only available to members)
    Champaign Park District Dodds Tennis Center members may purchase Permanent Court Time during the times indicated below as available. All fees must be paid in advance. This fee is based on a per court per hour ratio. Permanent court time is good for a single session only.
    Monday-Friday, 18-week fee
    7-9am: $198
    9-5:30pm: $306
    5:30-10pm: $342
    Weekends, 18-week fee
    Saturday-Sunday: $234
  • Random Court Time (If courts are available)
    The Dodds Tennis Center has courts available for rent on an hourly basis during operating hours seven days per week.  Dodds Tennis Center members may reserve courts up to one week in advance.  Guests of the Dodds Tennis Center may make reservations one day prior.
    Call 217-352-6044 to book a court.
  • Ball Machine Rental
    Tune up your game during the winter months. Ball machine rental cost includes basket of balls and the machine.
  • Drill & Plays
    Beginner and Intermediate available by appointment. You may arrange your own group or request to be placed in a group based on your interest, goals, and level of play, as well as your personal schedule.
  • Private Lessons
    Available by appointment. Lessons should be scheduled at least 48 hours in advance. Players may request to have a lesson be on specific strokes, game play or a combination.


  • The building was originally leased from the Racquet Club in 1991 for 3 years.
  • Champaign Park District purchased the facility for $575,000 in part because a newly built facility would have exceeded $1,000,000 to construct.
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Douglass Annex

IMG 9453Location: 804 North Fifth St. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2572
Bus Line: Gray
Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

The Douglass Annex is equipped with a large activity room, computer lab, kitchen, combined lounge and craft room, television, and piano.


  • Originally operated as Gagliano IGA Supermarket.
  • The City of Champaign obtained the property in the fall of 1967 as part of a Urban Renewal Project.
  • The Champaign Park District obtained land and building in 1970 from the City of Champaign.
  • Dedicated March 4, 1978.

Douglass Branch Library

library1Location: 504 East Grove St. (Directions)
Phone: 217-403-2090
Bus Line: Gray

  • Monday-Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

This branch of the Champaign Public Library plays an integral role in the community surrounding Douglass Park. The Douglass Branch offers the convenience of a library close to home with services like those offered by any large library.

The Douglass Branch Library provides community members free access to materials throughout the Lincoln Trail Libraries system, including books, CDs, DVDs, videos, magazines, and audiobooks. Also available are free Internet access, computer games, and workstations with word processing and other software.

This community resource averages over 7,000 visitors per month. The Douglass Branch also offers several dozen free programs each month, including after-school activities, teen events, homework help, preschoolers' storytimes, and a book discussion club. You can learn more about the Douglass Branch on the Library's Web site,


  • The construction of a new building for the Branch in 1996 was made possible with an Illinois State Library Construction Grant. This grant allowed for the construction of the building and the purchase of most of the new furnishings.
  • A cooperative agreement between the Champaign Park District and the Champaign Public Library was also established to provide the land on which the new branch could be constructed.

Douglass Community Center

douglass1Location: 512 East Grove St. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2573
Fax: 217-398-2575
Bus Line: Gray

  • Monday-Friday: 8:00 am - 5:30 pm
  • Saturday-Sunday: Programming Only
  • Open Gym Hours vary, please call.

The Douglass Community Center is equipped with a full-size gymnasium with six basketball goals and a stage. The building is open for informal and organized programs and activities.


  • Birthday Parties
  • Health and Wellness
    • Morning Walking 8-9:30
  • Youth Special Interest
    • Coca & Carols
    • CU Days
    • Egg Hunt
    • L.E.A.D. Afterschool Program
    • School Days Out Programs
    • Summer Daycamps
  • Teens
    • Teen Leadership/Mentoring Program
    • Teen Recreational Activities & Special Events
    • Teen Open Gym
  • Sports
    • Basketball
      - Adult Open Gym Basketball
      - First String Youth Basketball Program
      - HEAT Basketball Team
      - Men's Basketball League
      - Men's Basketball Tournaments
      - Pickleball
      - Youth Sports Clinics
    • Volleyball
      -Open Gym


  • In July of 1941 neighborhood residents formed "The Douglass Community Service Center Committee" and had a mass meeting to start fundraising efforts because the black community's needs were not being met with the inadequate, segregated facilities which existed at the time.
  • By 1943, land adjacent to Douglass Park was acquired through increased efforts by the black community.
  • In September of 1943 a second proposal to the federal government for a grant was made. The government agreed to offer $18,500 provided the community could raise an additional $14,500. Funds were raised from various groups including; the black community ($3000), Home and War Chest Organization ($2500), City of Champaign Recreation Department ($3500), City of Urbana ($2000), and the remainder funded by individual donations.
  • Ground was broken for the new facility on Feb. 18, 1945
  • Original construction cost of the 17,058 sq. ft building was $35,000
  • Dedicated Sept. 23, 1945.


Hays Recreation Center

hays1Location: 1311 West Church St. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2580
Fax: 217-373-7951
Bus Line: Orange & Gray
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Located in west Champaign, this multi-purpose recreation center provides quality educational, social, recreational, and fitness programs for preschool, youth, adults, and mature adults. The Hays Recreation Center is equipped with two activity rooms and is available to rent weekday evening and weekends for your next meeting, reception, reunion, or neighborhood social.


Progams & Classes

  • Seniors
  • Bridge
  • Champaign – Urbana Special Recreation

Special Events

  • Families
  • Kids



  • Originally was the "Eisner Food Store" owned by the Jewel Tea Company.
  • City of Champaign purchased in 1959 for $40,000.
  • City transferred ownership to the Park District on March 8, 1967 to be used as a recreation center
  • Was enlarged in 1975 at a cost of $170,553
  • Renamed from it's original name, "C" Center, to the Hays Center for Nelle G. Hays on May 29, 1985. ◦ Nelle Hays started work with the Champaign City Playground and Recreation Department in 1945. With the Playground and Recreation Department she served as a playground leader, craft specialist, director of special activities, and assistant superintendent and program director. When the Playground and Recreation Department merged with the Champaign Park District in 1969, Nelle Hays continued to work with the Park District where she served as the Director of "C" Center and as Senior Citizens Supervisor.

Kaufman Lake Boathouse

kaufman1Location: 2702 W. Springfield Ave. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2550
Bus Line: Brown
Hours: Special program/rental use only

Kaufman Lake offers outdoor fun for individuals and families. Picnic tables are located around the lake, and a variety of activities are scheduled throughout the year.

Individuals or families can enjoy a hike or bike ride around the Lake or adjacent recreational trail. Swimming is not allowed at any time. During the winter months activities at the Lake includes cross country skiing. The Kaufman Lake fire ring is available for group or family gatherings. Reservations must be made a minimum of five business days in advance. Personal canoes and kayaks may be used on Champaign Park District lakes as long as they are registered with the Illinois Department of Conservation.
No Ice Skating Allowed

Click here for more information on Kaufman Park

Radio Controlled Boats

Remote controlled boats are welcome on Kaufman and Mattis Lakes provided their operators follow lake rules, regulations, and proper boat etiquette. Excessive noise is prohibited.


Personal canoes any kayaks may be used on Park District lakes as long as they are registered with the Illinois Department of Conservation.

Fire Ring Permits

Please check our rentals page for more information.

Cross Country Skiing

The Greenbelt Bikeway and Kaufman Laker perimeter are available to cross country ski enthousiasts from 6:00 am - 11:00 pm daily.

Hayrack Rentals

Please check our rentals page for more information.


All State of Illinois fishing license requirements apply at Kaufman Lake. The Lake is stocked with channel catfish, large mouth bass, redear sunfish, and bluegill sunfish.

 Daily catch limits:

  • 2 channel catfish per person; no size limit.
  • 1 large mouth bass per person; minimum 15" length.
  • No large mouth bass under 15" may be taken.
  • No size or catch limit on other species.
  • Carp caught should be taken and disposed of in order to maintain a healthy fish population in the lake.

Leonhard Recreation Center

LeonhardRecreationCenter NewLocation: 2307 West Sangamon Dr. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2550
Fax: 217-398-2563
Bus Line: Brown & Blue

Monday-Friday 6:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday 7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Open Gym: See below.

Open Gym:

For those without a membership, there is a $5/$10 (R/NR) Daily Admission Fee.
Check the Leisure Line for up to date information about scheduled Open Gym times. Open Gym is normally set up for volleyball and basketball. For pickleball or badminton please call in advance for setup. Open Gym participants under 13 must be supervised by someone 15+ years old. Open Gyms require a second pair of shoes. Patrons are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Some equipment will be available to be borrowed—photo ID required.

Become a Member

Online registration coming soon! Until then, visit any Champaign Park District facility to sign up!

Annual membership rates are as follows:
Non-walking infants are free*
Individual (R/NR): $70/$140
Family of 2 or 3 (R/NR): $140/$280
Family of 4 (R/NR): $160/$320
Family of 5 (R/NR): $180/$360
Each add'l family member after 5 (R/NR): $20/$40
Senior (R/NR): $50/$100
Card Fee (R/NR): $5/$5 per family member. Applies to the first time a Leonhard membership is purchased or any time a card is replaced.

Membership includes the following:
• Use of indoor playground during public hours
• Use of weight room during public hours
(weight room participants under 15 must be
supervised by an adult)
• Use of walking track during public hours
• Admission to all open gym time during public hours
• 10% discount on all parties and rentals within
• Scheduled member-only activities

Facility Description

The previous Leonhard Recreation Center was dedicated on November 6, 1976 and originally named the Bicentennial Center, the facility was renamed the Leonhard Recreation Center on March 28, 1984, to honor CPD commissioner Patricial H. Leonhard. Mrs. Leonhard was a commissioner for the Champaign Park District from 1961-1994. In 2014, construction was completed on the new facility at 2307 W Sangamon Dr. to house programs like group fitness classes and day camps, open gym, an indoor playground, a weight room, and more. Membership is available now for purchase at any Champaign Park District facility that accepts registration. Click here for an informational flyer on the new facility's offerings and membership pricing!

Features of the new facility include:
• Over 39,000 total sq feet
• 2 IHSA Regulation-Size Basketball Courts or 4 IHSA Regulation-Size Volleyball Courts
• Indoor Playground
• 3 Lane Walking Track (13 laps around the track is 1 mile)
• Group Fitness Room
• Weight Room
• Party Room
• Meeting Room
• Locker Rooms


The Leonhard Recreation Center offers the optimal setting for birthday parties, large gatherings, or family reunions. For more information please call 217-398-2550


  • Health & Wellness
    • Forever Fit
    • Line Dance Fitness
    • M.A.C. 6 (Make A Change in 6 Weeks)
  • Preschool Special Interest
    • Come Play With Me
    • Tiny Tots Playgroup (Drop In)
  • Youth Special Interest
    • Summer Daycamps
    • Wonderful World of Babysitting
    • School's Out Days
  • Teens
    • Open Gym
  • Sports
    • Basketball
      - Youth Leagues
      - Open
      - Tournaments
    • Jr. Volleyball Clinic
    • Jr. Volleyball League
    • Kangarro Kickers
    • Mini Dribblers
    • Pee Wee Volleyball
    • Adult Volleyball
      - Leagues
      - Open
  • Community Outreach
    • CPD Affiliate Programs
    • CUAS Family Skywatch
    • Model Rocket Workshop
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Prairie Farm

pfarm1Location: 2202 W. Kirby Ave. (Directions)
Phone: 217-398-2583
Bus Line: Brown & Blue
Hours: (May 25 through August 11)

  • OPEN MAY 24, 204 - AUGUST 10, 2014
  • Monday - Sunday: 1:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Petting Area: Monday - Sunday: 3:00 - 5 p.m. (weather permitting)

Note: All visitors must wear tennis shoes or boots in the petting area. No open-toe or open heel footwear allowed.

Please call our Leisure Line at 217-398-2589 for cancellations & closings.

Prairie Farm is a replica of a turn-of-the century farm complete with barns, farmhouse, pond, pasture, & flower garden. It is open to the general public from Memorial Day to the middle of August. The Farm features traditional farm animals such as sheep, pigs, goats, horses, cows, chickens, and geese.

No admission is charged, but donations to help feed the animals are appreciated. Farm tours and birthday parties are available by making reservations for these popular programs. Horse drawn trolley rides are also available weekdays throughout the summer.

2014 Programs & Classes

  • Barnyard Fun Camp
  • Farmhands
  • Pee Wee Farmers
  • All About Animals
  • Story Time at the Farm (free!)
    -6/2, 2-3pm, Pig
    -6/9, 2-3pm, Sheep
    -6/16, 2-3pm, Horse
    -6/23, 2-3pm, Rabbit
    -6/30, 2-3pm, Goat

2014 Special Events

  • Birthday Parties (call Tony for information, 217-398-2571)
  • Petting Area (Free and open daily, 3-5pm)

Community Outreach

  • Adopt An Animal
  • Farm Tours
  • Friends of the Farm



  • In memory of his wife, Mr. John L. Franklin of Champaign contributed $15,000 towards the cost of purchase.
  • Dedicated in July 1966
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