Chester, Illinois - Home of Popeye


 Recreation Director Patti Carter


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The City of Chester has two very nice 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 softball diamond, numerous shelter houses, play area and a nature trail.

The Cohen Recreational Complex, which is a large complex that contains two baseball diamonds and three softball diamonds, 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)

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.

Enjoy listening to the Chester Municipal Band during the summer months. The Muny Band will play mostly at the Chester Square Gazebo Park in Chester. Click here for a full schedule of dates, locations and time.

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.

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 Offered:

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) 

Farmer’s Market: Held every Saturday from 7:30 a.m. until ? at the Chester Square (Gazebo) usually from mid May until late September.  Sponsored by the Beautification Commission.  This location may change.

Annual Easter Egg Hunt/Spring Fling:  Held at Cohen Complex usually the weekend of Palm Sunday. For children 0-10 years old.  Starts at 10:00 am.  2000 candy and novelty filled eggs, prizes and inflatables.   Contact the Recreation Director Patti Carter at 826-1430 for more into or to volunteer.

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

Annual Scarecrow/Fall Festival: Held this year on October 15, 2016,  at Cole Memorial Park.  Time to be determined.  This event will be combined with the annual city Halloween Party.  There will be a kids costume contest, hayride, scarecrow competition, vendors/craft sale, Art in the Park, activities, rides, inflatables for kids, bonfire/wiener roast & s’mores.   Sponsored by the city of Chester.  Contact Patti at 826-1430 for more info or to help volunteer.

Spring Soccer Camp:  Held March 19 through April 30th. For boys and girls grades K through 8th grade. Games are played on Sunday afternoons 1-2:30 pm and Thursday evenings 6-7 pm at the Cohen Complex on multi purpose field.   Registered players should arrive 15 mins early, Sunday, March 19th.  NO CALLS WILL BE MADE. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR.  Each child must provide and wear shin guards, bring a marked water bottle and soccer ball.    Registration Fee: $25.00  and must returned to Chester City Hall by February 24th by 3:00 p.m.  Late registration March 3rd by 3:00 p.m. at $35.00   Click here for 2017 SPRING SOCCER CAMP REGISTRATION

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.  Click here for more info.

Toddler T-Ball:  Will be held July 5 through July 31, 2017, at Cohen Complex for ages 3, 4 and 5 years.  Must turn 3 by August 1st.  Registration is $25.00 if received by May 31st by 3:00 p.m.  or $35.00 after that date.   No registrations will be accepted after June 16th at 3:00 p.m.  Practices and games will be held weeknights and on Cohen Complex. Contact Patti for more info at 826-1430 or click here for 2017 TODDLER TBALL PARENT LETTER AND REGISTRATION

Chester Sports, Inc. (Little League & T-ball): March through late June.  Games are played at Cohen Complex.  Contact Patti Carter 618-826-1430 or Chester Sports Member Trevor Kelkhoff at 618-615-5177 for more information.  See Recreation Calendar for schedule.  2017 CHESTER SPORTS REGISTRATION

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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