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Springfield, MO — The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with the City of Springfield, celebrates new improvements to Nichols Park with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday, Aug. 7, 4:30 p.m. at Nichols Park, 1900 W. Nichols St.
The brief ceremony immediately precedes National Night Out, starting at 5 p.m. at the same location.
The celebration includes a ribbon-cutting for Springfield's biggest and newest playground."This is now the largest single playground unit that we have on any of our properties,” said Park Board Assistant Director Miles Park. “The closest comparison we have is the playground at Dan Kinney Park. It’ll be a destination playground.”
The new Nichols Park playground includes a main structure with five slides, multiple climbing structures, two towers, sound effects, a telescope and rotating ShadowPlay features. Nearby there are four kinds of swings, a seated Merry-Go-All and plenty of shaded benches. The playground incorporates Universal design, which is accessible to kids of all abilities, including complete ramp access, ADA accessible swings, three slides with ADA transfer platforms and a rubberized tile surface throughout.The Nichols Park playground was funded through a federal Community Development Block Grant, coming to the City of Springfield through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program. The same grant funded new playground equipment at Cooper, Tom Watkins and Meador parks. The grant also funded new walking trails at Nichols, Tom Watkins and Meador, as well as a new section of Jordan Creek Greenway, along Bennett Street, between Cruse Dog Park and Ewing Park.
The ceremony also includes a dedication for a tree planted at Nichols Park in memory of Tammy Lou Haynes, longtime president of Heart of the Westside Neighborhood Association, who passed away in January.
Springfield’s 7th annual National Night Out offers residents a chance to get to know their local law enforcement representative, fire personnel, first responders and other agencies and organizations that promote health and safety. The event gives families a chance to tour police, fire and safety vehicles, browse safety info booths and enjoy free hot dogs, ice cream and music. There will also be games and inflatables and a Police vs. Fire softball game starting at 7 p.m.
For more information or media inquiries about Nichols Park, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-224-5510 (mobile).