The Effingham Park District Ron Diehl Recreation Center and parks administrative office is located in Hendelmeyer Park at 1906 S. Fourth St. The center is named after longtime Park District Director Ron Diehl who retired in 2010. Two gymnasiums and two meeting rooms are also housed in the recreation center.

Center Facilities

In the winter, the upstairs gym is home to boys and girls basketball leagues, men's basketball leagues, coed volleyball leagues and a women's volleyball league. Open gym time is available when no league is in session. In the summer, a variety of recreation camps are held here.

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Batting Cages & Throwing Mound

The downstairs gym now holds two batting cages and one throwing mound. Call the Ron Diehl Center at 342-4415 to reserve a time.


  • One cage or pitching area for 1 or 2 kids is $10 for one-half hour/ $15 for one hour.
  • One cage or pitching area for 3 or more kids is $15 for one-half hour/ $20 for one hour.
  • Entire gym (for teams or groups only) is $30 per hour / $45 for 1.5 hours.
  • Batting Cage Pass Card is also available for $150 for 20 punches. Each punch is good for one cage for one 30-minute session.