Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye


 Recreation Director Patti Carter

Located at Chester City Hall, 1330 Swanwick Street


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The City of Chester has several community parks.  Cole Memorial Park is on Opdyke Street or Route 3 South. The large park is 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.

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)

The Chester Riverfront offers a boat ramp for those who enjoy watching or taking a scenic boat ride on the mighty Mississippi River.  Enjoy and take a little stroll through Smith’s Landing.  (Riverfront floods from time to time so Smith’s Landing may need attention throughout the year)

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.

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.

Chester Country Club is a beautiful semi-private nine-hole golf course. For more information call 618-826-3168.

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 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.

2018 Spring Soccer Camp: Registration begins February 5th to February 23rd by 3:00 p.m.  For Boys and Girls Kindergarten to 8th Grade.  $25.00 Fee.  Will be played on the multi-purpose field at Cohen Recreational Complex.  See Flyer.  Forms available at City Hall or click here for 2018 SPRING SOCCER REGISTRATION FORM.

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 2018:  This year it will be held at Cole Park on March 24th.  For children 0-10 years old.  Starts at 11:00 am. Treasure Hunt is for 11-17 year olds and starts at Noon.   See Flyer.  Contact the Recreation Director Patti Carter at 826-1430 for more into or to volunteer.  Golden Hunt is 18 and over and it begins at Noon also!!

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

Trick Or Treat in Chester, IL:  Always held on October 31, unless otherwise indicated.  From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  See list of participating businesses (coming soon).

2018 Chester’s Annual Christmas on the River: Held the first weekend in December on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Activities planned throughout Chester. Also a lighted Christmas parade and other special events off the festivities.  More info to come.

2018 Fall Soccer:  For ages Kindergarten to 6th Grade and played September 12 to November 4 on Wednesdays and Sundays.  Registration is from August 9th to September 4th to receive a t-shirt.  See SOCCER FLYER 2018 and FALL SOCCER REGISTRATION 2018

2018 Chester Recreational Ball  (T-ball, Pony League Softball & Baseball):  Registration will begin Tuesday, January 16 and will end Wednesday, February 28.  Forms will be delivered to schools for distribution week of January 16.  SEE FLYER.  Forms available at City Hall or click here for 2018 CITY OF CHESTER REC BALL REGISTRATION FORM.

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

River Ratz Cycling, Inc.  or International Mountain Bicycling Association 

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