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Alcohol In Parks

As of 2018, alcohol is permitted in nine parks, with certain restrictions.

You may not bring your own alcohol onto any park property.



Alcohol may only be served by licensed vendors.

The Park Board sells beer daily at Rivercut, Horton Smith and Bill & Payne Stewart golf courses. During sports and special events, Park Concessions may sell beer at Mediacom Ice Park and beer and wine at Cooper Tennis Complex.

Licensed private caterers may sell alcohol during special events and private rentals with a Parks Alcohol Permit at Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens, Lake Springfield Boathouse and the Davis House and Property.

Alcohol is prohibited in all other Parks locations.

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  1. You may have alcohol only in nine park’s locations, served only by licensed vendors. A Parks Alcohol Permit is required for special events and private rentals:

    1. Rivercut Golf Course, sold by Park Concessions.
    2. Horton Smith Golf Course, sold by Park Concessions.
    3. Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course, sold by Park Concessions. (Excluding Betty Allison at Oscar Blom Course)
    4. Mediacom Ice Park, only during college, semi-pro and professional events and private rentals, only in designated areas, sold by Park Concessions.
    5. Cooper Tennis Complex, only during college, semi-pro and professional events and private rentals, only in designated areas, sold by Park Concessions.
    6. Dickerson Park Zoo, only during after-hours events, only in designated areas, sold by private caterers.
    7. Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens, only for special events and private rentals, only in designated areas, sold by private caterers.
    8. Lake Springfield Boathouse, only for special events and private rentals, only in designated areas, sold by private caterers.
    9. Davis House and Property, only for special events and private rentals, only in designated areas, sold by private caterers.


    Alcohol is prohibited in any park not listed above. In addition, no alcohol is allowed at youth sports events, family-themed events, neighborhood parks, playgrounds, pools and picnic pavilions (aside from pavilions at Springfield Botanical Gardens, with a Parks Alcohol Permit).

    No. You may not bring any alcohol onto any park property. Alcohol may be served only by licensed vendors, including Parks Concessions operations, and caterers with a liquor license. Personal coolers, bottles and flasks of alcohol are prohibited. Park coolers are provided to customers at golf courses.

    You must have an approved Parks Alcohol Permit, which requires an approved facility rental booking, an insured caterer with a liquor license and Springfield business license, a certificate of $1 million general liability insurance, a certificate of $1 million alcohol liability insurance and event security.

    Costs may vary. This is a base estimate:

    Parks Alcohol Permit: $250
    Facility booking: Varies, $250-$1,500
    Licensed caterer: Varies, contact your caterer
    City of Springfield business license (if needed): About $25, contact your caterer
    General liability insurance: About $175
    Alcohol Liability insurance: About $175, Event security: $120/4-hour minimum
    Addl. costs for events more than 75 guests and/or serving alcohol more than 4 hours

    TOTAL: About $1,000 (with a $250 facility booking, does not include your caterer)


    Start by inquiring with your chosen facility, to check available rental dates. You may call the facility directly or use the online Preliminary Rental Request.

    Mediacom Ice Park 417-874-2942
    Cooper Tennis Complex 417-837-5800
    Dickerson Park Zoo 417-833-1570
    Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens 417-891-1515
    Lake Springfield Boathouse 417-891-1550
    Davis House and Property 417-874-2942
    The facility manager will help guide you through the rest of the process, including applications and approval. You must provide details about your caterer on the application. All required documents and fees, including permit, booking and security, must be submitted at least 30 days before the event. Weekend dates book up quickly, and some details may take you several days to determine — start your process early.


    At Rivercut Golf Course, Horton Smith Golf Course, Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course, Mediacom Ice Park and Cooper Tennis Complex, alcohol may be served by Park Concessions. At Dickerson Park Zoo, Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center and Gardens, Lake Springfield Boathouse and Davis House and Property, only an insured caterer with a liquor license and Springfield business license may serve alcohol. You must book your own caterer for these locations.

    No, not unless they are employed by your caterer and covered by your caterer’s insurance and liquor license.

    Yes, but the type of alcohol served at your event is defined by your caterer’s liquor license. Park Concessions may serve beer at the three golf courses and Mediacom Ice Park, and beer and wine at Cooper Tennis Complex.

    Purchase general liability and alcohol liability insurance through the insurance carrier of your choice. Ask your insurance company, or purchase insurance through the City of Springfield TULIP (Tenant Users Liability Insurance Policy) Program.

    Commissioned off-duty deputies with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department provide security, in uniform, for rental events. Deputies are present to protect people and property. Deputies must be onsite during the hours alcohol is served. One deputy is required for every 75 guests. Each deputy works a minimum of four hours at a cost of $120. Additional hours may be added at $30/hour/deputy.

    If you cancel your event 30 or more days before the event date, the Park Board will provide a 50-percent refund of facility booking fees, the Parks Alcohol Permit and security fees. If you cancel your event fewer than 30 days of the event date, no refunds will be made. Plan carefully before booking an event.

    Please plan carefully for how your event will cope with weather. For outdoor events, ask park’s staff about booking tents. In the event of severe weather, Parks staff will be glad to assist and try to make accommodations. However, no refunds will be made due to weather.