Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye

Parks / Recreation

 Recreation Director Patti Carter
Located at Chester City Hall, 1330 Swanwick Street
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Park & Recreation Board

The City of Chester has several community parks.  Cole Memorial Park is on Opdyke Street or Route 3 South. The large park was home to the Chester Municipal Swimming Pool (the pool is now closed indefinitely) along with a multi purpose field, numerous shelter houses, play areas and a nature trail.  As of January 2018 Camping is now available!!  Click here to learn more.  At the “three-way stop” of Opdyke Street and State Street sits our Chester Square Gazebo Park.  The Cohen Recreational Complex, which is a large complex that contains two baseball diamonds and two softball diamonds, a small ball diamond, concessions, walking/exercise path with fitness stations, tennis courts, multi-purpose field (soccer), parking and picnic areas located on Route 3 just a little North of Chester just off Bode’s Lane.  (GPS address is 3402 Bodes Lane)  Shelter house reservations are now available at all our parks!  Click here for reservation information.  Check the Recreation Calendar tab above to see if a shelter is available or call Patti at 618-826-1430.

The Chester Riverfront Park offers a boat ramp for those who enjoy watching or taking a scenic boat ride on the mighty Mississippi River.

Our newest park is the Chester Memorial Park located at the intersection of Opdyke Street and State Street.   A memorial monument stands in honor of our fallen Officer James I. Brockmeyer.  Phase 1 was completed in October 2017.

Enjoy listening to the Chester Municipal Band during the summer months this year at the American Legion in Chester. Click here for the full Muni Band schedule of dates, locations and time.

Chester Country Club is a beautiful semi-private nine-hole golf course. For more information call 618-826-3168. (This golf course is not owned by the city of Chester.)

The Breezy Hill Flying Model Airplane Complex located across the highway from the Cohen Recreation Complex on Route 3 North.

Chester also has numerous historical sites in the area which are within driving distance.  Take in the view at Cohen Memorial Home or enjoy reading a book at our Chester Public Library.

Not far from Chester is the Randolph County State Recreation Area – Fishing, hiking, picnicking, boating, hunting and camping are just a few of the choices, keeping even the most outdoorsman content on 1,101 acres. Located five miles north east of Chester in Randolph County, it lies in the rolling hill country of Southern Illinois. Offering a cool retreat from hot summer days, well shaded picnic areas, hiking trails and scenic forest stands await park visitors.

If you need any information in regard to our parks and/or any activities that take place in Chester, please contact Recreation Director – Patti Carter at 618-826-1430.

Community Activities:

Listed below are some activities that are offered to the community through the City of Chester. Contact Patti Carter at 826-1430 for more information. (PLEASE NOTE SOME ACTIVITIES ARE STILL BEING FINALIZED)   Also check the community events page to find out more community activities going on in Chester.

Spring Soccer Camp:  Info coming soon

Farmer’s Market: Held every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until ? at the Chester Welcome Center parking lot usually from mid May until late September.  Sponsored by the Beautification/Tourism Commission.  This location may change.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt:  Info coming soon.  Contact the Recreation Director Patti Carter at 826-1430 for more into or to volunteer.

2020 Chester Recreational Ball  (Toddler T-Ball, T-Ball, Pony League Softball & Baseball):  Registration will be held at City Hall and begin Saturday, January 25 and will continue to Saturday, February 7.  Forms available at City Hall or click here to go to Community Events page to download flier, registration form and more.

2020 Umpire Clinic:  TBA

American Legion Baseball & Junior Legion:  Late May through July. Games are played at the Cohen Complex Fields #1 & #2.

Annual Popeye Picnic: Always held the first weekend after Labor Day on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. Check for more information.

Fall Soccer:  TBA

Trick Or Treat in Chester, IL:  Always held on October 31, unless otherwise indicated.  From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Chester’s Annual Christmas on the River: Held the first full weekend in December on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Activities planned throughout Chester. Also a lighted Christmas parade and other special events off the festivities.

River Ratz Cycling, Inc.  or International Mountain Bicycling Association 

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