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Washington Park, Springfield

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Washington Park is a park in Springfield, Illinois, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Located at 1400 Williams Boulevard, the park features walking trails, a botanical garden, large duck pond, rose garden, carillon, and carillon concerts. The park was purchased for city use in 1900, and construction began in 1901. Substantial drainage and dredging were required to turn the wetland portions of the future park into ponds and grassy space. Washington Park is operated by the Springfield Park District.
Washington Park Botanical GardenThe botanical garden includes a conservatory and botanical garden. It is open daily during the afternoons; admission is free.
The garden consists of outdoor plantings, a greenhouse (9,000 square feet), and a conservatory. In all it contains over 1200 species, including over 150 species of tropical plants. Outdoor gardens include a cactus garden, iris garden, rock garden, and a rose garden (5,000 plants).
Thomas Rees Memorial CarillonThe carillon, operated by the Springfield Park District, contains 67 bells built by Petit & Fritsen. Concerts are held year round every Sunday and on Wednesday evenings during summer months. Tower tours are available daily.
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  • Walking, playing, leaf peeping, listing to the massive Carrillon bells or going to one of the festivals held there from art, crafts, carving the pumpkins, the lit pumpkins, the rose garden and more. M...  more »
  • We very much enjoyed walking this park. However if you walk along the water there is geese Poopoo everywhere. Don’t get too close to them, they are not scared of you and will run near you.  more »
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  • Great place to do all kinds of family oriented activities and personal exercise. Wonderful large areas for picnics or even a peaceful place to relax and read or have personal time. Has great options of things to do and see throughout the park. Beautiful places for photography and weddings. The Carrollon is beautiful as well as the gardens around it. The large ponds are great for letting children feed ducks and catch n release fish. An all around great park within Springfield
  • This is a great public park with lots of different parts to it. It has been a favorite for my kids when they were at the age when they loved feeding the ducks. We also enjoyed catching the small fish in the lakes. Nice family park!

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