Youth Activities and Recreation

Aquatic programs take place in the LIFE Center’s indoor pool, and Super Splash Park. Course location is based on seasonality. Register two weeks prior to the first day of the program and receive a 10% discount.


Carbondale Park District offers many different courses throughout the year, in adult fitness, youth recreation, and family fun Be sure to check back often to see what new courses are available.


Join us! Offering many different events for all age groups, and interests. Take a look at our calendar of events or just browse around the site. We hope you find something to enjoy.

Hickory Ridge Golf

The beautiful 18 hole championship public golf course will offer a challenge to golfers of all skill levels. Hickory Ridge is a unique course where the fairways are long, the sand and water hazards are demanding and the greens are smooth.

Disc Golf at Hickory Ridge Golf

New 18-hole course! Disc golf is becoming a very popular sport around our area and is a great opportunity to get youth around the area interested in sports. Find out more information at disc golf review.

Parks and Facilities

Carbondale offers a wide variety of different parks and facilities to fit the needs of the community, with ball fields, basketball, bbq grills, exercise track, multi-use fields, parking, picnicking, playground, restrooms, soccer fields, spray park, and a splash park.

Youth Recreation Classes

Youth Agencies

Boys and Girls Club of Carbondale

The Boys & Girls Club of Carbondale (BGCC) serves children ages 6-18 years old by providing a curriculum of entertaining activities during after-school hours. BGCC works to generate, enhance, and reinforce, academic, social, and character education in collaboration with schools, community groups, and families.

Tina Carpenter, Program Director 618-457-8877 x23

Boy Scouts of America

Boy Scouts provides educational programs that build character, teach participatory citizenship and develop personal fitness. Scouting helps youth develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

Trina Thomas, 618-867-6293

Carbondale Junior Sports

Carbondale Junior Sports, Inc organizes, promotes, and sponsors junior sports program. Our sports programs promote and encourage the spirit of competition, teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. Programs include baseball, flag football, tackle football, softball, and wrestling.

Trina Thomas, 618-867-6293

Carbondale Soccer Inc.

CSI offers recreational soccer for boys and girls between the ages of 5 to 14 years old in the Carbondale area. The focus of the program is on fun, instruction and making and growing of friendships.

Whitney O’Daniel, 618-534-7492

Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois

Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The Girl Scout program is for every girl, everywhere.

Customer Care, 800-345-6858,

4-H in Jackson County

4-H empowers youth to reach their full potential, working and learning in partnerships with caring adults. Jackson County 4-H prepares young people to step up to challenges in their community and the world. Using research-based programming around positive youth development, 4-H youth get the hands-on real world experience they need to become leaders.

Michelle Bisel, 1-618-687-1727