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Litchfield Park District
Historic Walton Park located at the south edge of Litchfield recently celebrated its 75th Anniversary. Walton Park was the home of the first 1905 Chautauqua with plenty of activities, including speeches by William Jennings Bryan and Carrie Nation. Picnic tables, playground areas, horseshoe pits, and a pavilion with fireplace make this peaceful serene area a great place for a family gathering. Lake Litchfield, as it was first known, was filled in 1863 and is still considered a major reservoir by the Department of Conservation. The Lake allows only canoes, row boats and boats with trolling motors. Visit one of the County's most beautiful sites and enjoy a relaxing day of fishing, picnicking and family fun.
Disc Golf at Walton Park
Litchfield has a beautiful 9-hole disc golf course located at Walton Park. The disc golf course holes vary in length between 150-300 feet with trees, shrubbery, water and terrain changes that offer plenty of hazards to avoid. The object of the game is to throw a golf disc into each "pole hole" basket in the fewest number of throws. The player begins by driving from a designated tee area and continues toward the basket throwing each consecutive shot from the spot where the throw landed. Finally, a successful "putt" sends the disc into the target. The best thing about the sport is that it is inexpensive. The only equipment necessary to play is a flying disc, approximately $7-$12. The course is free to play. Walton Park is free of charge to all users.
Located at S. Illinois and E. Water Street. The park is approximately five acres and includes three baseball fields for little league play, basketball court, playground, picnic tables, pavilions and restrooms.
Centrally located on North Montgomery and East Henrichs Streets, the park is approximately 2.1 acres. Madison Park includes baseball and soccer practice areas, lighted tennis courts, basketball court, playground equipment, benches, and picnic table.
This field is located at S. Jackson and E. Sargent Street is 2.6 acres and has two youth sized baseball diamonds. Both diamonds are equipped with lights and scoreboards. Restrooms and concession stand are operated by the Litchfield Baseball Association. Schalk Field is also the site of the new City Skate Park open to skateboards, rollerblades, etc.
Plummer Park has a ball diamond, three small shelters, basketball courts, a handicap accessible playground area, and picnic tables and benches. It is located on 3.4 acres at W. Columbia.
Beautiful park between S. State and S. Van Buren at Seneca Street. This 18 acre park includes two lighted tennis courts, one multi purpose court, soccer fields, small shelter, playground equipment, picnic tables and benches. Included on this property are the Litchfield Memorial Pool and the Litchfield Community and Senior Citizen's Center.
Litchfield Memorial Pool
Open Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day, weather permitting, the pool has an outdoor swimming pool, baby pool, bathhouse and concession stand. The pool was renovated to a zero depth area in 1997. Pool staff offer swimming lessons and swim and trim exercise classes. The pool is available for private party rental.
Litchfield Carnegie Library
The Litchfield Carnegie Public Library was established in 1876. It was housed in many local buildings before the current Carnegie building was erected, using funds donated from library philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
After undergoing major remodeling in the late 1990's, the current library has a collection of over 29,000 materials, including books, magazines, books on audiotape, videocassettes, and CDs.
The library is proud of its collection of local history and genealogical material which covers the history of Litchfield and surrounding areas and contains a one-of-a-kind set of books by a local history teacher, the late Walter Sanders.
In addition, the Sanders' collection catalogs area cemeteries and burial grounds. The people of Litchfield and its surrounding area were affected by the Civil War. The library has several books reflecting on the era and the county men involved. A large book published in 1891 entitled "Personal War Sketches" provides handwritten letters of the men who served in the War.
The library's three floors include recreational reading and reference materials, as well as public internet access on computer stations. The library is open six days a week with varying hours, located in the heart of downtown Litchfield, Library Park. The original 1904 architecture, houses one of the most complete genealogy departments in the surrounding area.
Litchfield Community and Senior Citizen's Center
The Center, located at 1100 S. State Street, is a meeting place for various civic clubs and organizations, used for recreational programs and is available for rental. The 9,000 square foot building is great for receptions, banquets and workshops. The Golden Circle Nutrition Program operates from the Center. Operational hours for the Litchfield Community and Senior Citizen's Center are Monday through Friday, 8:00am - 12:00pm.