Happy Birthday to us!!! Take the Carbondale Park District 8-for-80 Challenge!!! Let’s celebrate!!! Show your Carbondale spirit!!!

We are turning 80 this year! This means Carbondale Park District has served the Carbondale community for 8 decades! To celebrate our birthday and our 8 decades of achievements, we challenge you to take the Carbondale Park District 8-for-80 Challenge! Participants engage in at least 8 minutes of recreation or leisure for 80 days. That’s right! 8 minutes of peace and solitude, or 8 minutes of pushups, you choose the activity. Then practice it 8 minutes a day for 80 days. Challenge starts Tuesday, September 8 and ends Wednesday, November 25 (the day before Thanksgiving). The following day, treat yourself to some turkey to celebrate with us!

Enhancing the quality of community life by providing recreation and leisure opportunities.


We have full-time childcare available for children ages 3-13. View Childcare Flyer.

Childcare Centers are licensed by DCFS and accept CCR&R assistance. Qualified teachers. Assistance with e-learning and homework. Meals provided. A fun and safe “play based” environment. Limited number of participants.

Read more Childcare information, including enrollment application.



One of the most challenging courses in the Southern Illinois Golf Association. Driving range and putting greens available. Illinois video gaming and slot machines also available. Hickory Ridge Public Golf Course is open daily, 7:30 am-7:30 pm. Make a reservation today at http://hickoryridgecarbondale.com


Enjoy all of Carbondale Park District's georgous parks. Playgrounds and hiking trails are open. Restrooms and water fountains are unavailable. Please pack drinking water and hand sanitizer. Everyone should practice Social Distancing with anyone not within your household. See more parks details and locations.

Carbondale Park District Response to COVID-19 Coronavirus

The following facilities have reopened with restrictions:

  • Childcare: We have all day, full-time, childcare available for school age children, PreK-8. Hours are Monday – Friday, 8:00-5:00pm. Read More>
  • LIFE Center Indoor Pool: Lap swimming and fitness classes will be available by online reservation only. Reservations must be made at least one day prior. To speak to a staff member, call 618-549-4222 on Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm. Read More> Make Your Reservation>
  • Hickory Ridge Public Golf Course: Participants can make online reservations at http://hickoryridgecarbondale.com/tee-times/. Open daily from 7:30 am-7:30 pm. Carts, driving range, putting greens, and Illinois video gaming machines are all available.
  • Carbondale Park District Parks: Playgrounds, shelters, and picnic tables are all reopened. Basketball courts, restrooms and water fountains can increase the spread of COVID-19 and are therefore closed to the public. Everyone should practice Social Distancing with anyone not within your household. Rental Information> 

Fields and courts (basketball courts and the soccer, softball, and baseball fields) and Super Splash Park remain closed to slow spread of coronavirus within the community. 

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Walking Group

Walking Group

Sep 28, 8:00am - Sep 28, 9:00am+14Sep 30, 8:00am - Sep 30, 9:00amOct 2, 8:00am - Oct 2, 9:00amOct 5, 8:00am - Oct 5, 9:00amOct 7, 8:00am - Oct 7, 9:00amOct 9, 8:00am - Oct 9, 9:00amOct 12, 8:00am - Oct 12, 9:00amOct 14, 8:00am - Oct 14, 9:00amOct 16, 8:00am - Oct 16, 9:00amOct 19, 8:00am - Oct 19, 9:00amOct 21, 8:00am - Oct 21, 9:00amOct 23, 8:00am - Oct 23, 9:00amOct 26, 8:00am - Oct 26, 9:00amOct 28, 8:00am - Oct 28, 9:00amOct 30, 8:00am - Oct 30, 9:00am

Don't walk alone! Join us for some EXERCISING while socializing! (safely, of course!!!) No fee or registration Needed. wear comfy shoes and Your mask. Bring water.

Meets Mon, Wed, Fri, Sep 14-Oct 30 at 8:00am

Mondays meet at Attucks Park, Wills-Thornton Pavilion (N. Wall St)

Wednesdays meet at Evergreen Park, next to softball diamond (Pleasant Hill Rd)

Fridays meet at Superblock Playground (298 S Lewis Ln)
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Park District

P.O. Box 1326,
Carbondale, IL 62903-1326

LIFE Community Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4222 or (618) 549-6565

Super Splash Park

P.O. Box 1326
Carbondale, IL
Located at: 625 S. Lewis Lane

Hickory Ridge Golf Center

2727 W. Glenn Rd, Carbondale
(618) 529-4386

Hickory Lodge Administration

1115 W. Sycamore, Carbondale
(618) 529-4147 info@cpkd.org

Park Operations & Maintenance Office

108 N. Williams, Carbondale
(618) 529-4149

Alice Wright Early Childhood Center

2500 W. Sunset Dr, Carbondale
(618) 549-4646

Kids Korner

101 N. Glenview, Carbondale
(618) 457-7356