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Parks and Recreation


Jodi Thoele
Tourism Director

(217) 342-5300
extension 5305
City Hall
201 E. Jefferson Avenue
P.O. Box 648
Effingham, IL 62401
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Effingham Park District

The Effingham Park District operates several well-equipped, multi-activity parks and facilities.  It provides recreational programs and activities that benefit the residents and visitors of the Effingham area community. The Park District also operates the Richard E. Workman Sports & Wellness Complex, which offers aquatic features, a gymnasium, and a fitness center.


Bliss Park

201 W. Clark Avenue
Effingham, IL  62401

The City of Effingham operates one park, which is Bliss Park. This cozy, city block-sized park with a beautiful garden and a fountain is located just minutes off the interstates.  It features picnic tables, a pavilion, playground area, outdoor basketball courts, and mature trees in a vintage setting.  For more information, contact Jodi Thoele at 217-342-5300, extension 5305 or JThoele@EffinghamIL.com


Effingham Area Recreation

TREC Recreation Trails

Outer Belt West
Effingham, IL 62401
(217) 342-5310

DIRECTIONS:  -Take Exit 159 from I-57/I-70
-Go west on Fayette Avenue to Outer Belt West
-Turn north and go 1/3 mile on Outer Belt West to trailhead/parking lot

The TREC trail system is a public trail designed to create recreational opportunities. The trails provide a great place for visitors to exercise, whether it's riding bikes, roller blading, or walking.



The Cross at the Crossroads

1900 Pike Avenue
Effingham, IL  62401

  • Soaring nearly 200 feet into the sky
  • Spanning 113 feet
  • Offering a visitors center to travelers
  • Inspiring 55,000+ people per day who are traveling via I-57/I-70


Effingham Performance Center 

325 Outer Belt West
Effingham, IL 62401
Phone: (217) 540-2788

You can enjoy big name entertainment in a fabulous venue while visiting Effingham.  Performers of all kinds are presented each season at the EPC!


Tuscan Hills Winery 

2200 Historic Hills Drive
Effingham, IL  62401



Ballard Nature Center

5253 East U.S. Highway 40
Effingham, IL 62401
(618) 483-6856

Ballard Nature Center is home to dozens of species of birds and wildlife. Natural prairie, wetlands, butterfly and hummingbird gardens, ponds and creeks offer an experience in nature that the entire family will remember!


Lake Sara

15482 Wildwood Drive
Effingham, Illinois 62401

Lake Sara is a 640 acre recreational lake nestled into a wooded shoreline, encircled by a winding road.  It offers excellent fishing, scenic boating, camping, and fun food and drink amenities!


Lake Sara Campground

15482 Wildwood Dr
Effingham, Illinois 62401


Camp Lakewood

1217 W. Rickelman Ave
Effingham, Illinois 62401


Cardinal Golf Course

15737 North Beach Road
Effingham, Illinois 62401


Fore-Way Challenge Golf

16041 North 1000th Street
Effingham, Illinois 62401



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