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Posted on: July 31, 2019

Park Day Reunion August 2-4 in Silver Springs Park

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Springfield, Mo. — Springfield’s Annual Park Day Reunion will be held August 2-4 at Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, as well as other locations around the city.

The Park Day Reunion takes place at Silver Springs Park every year on the first weekend of August, bringing together friends and family from Springfield and around the country. Events are organized by the Springfield Reunion Club, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

Although picnics have been held in the park for many years, this event was named Park Day in 1952 when Gerald Brooks, a parks supervisor and a teacher at Springfield’s former Lincoln School, and Robert Wendell Duncan, also a park supervisor, started a day of games and sports events for young African-American residents at Silver Springs.

This year’s theme is “Come Back for the Throw Back” and participants are encouraged dress like the 70s, 80s and 90s, “whatever you were wearing back then.” Also new this year: co-ed softball Saturday morning and a Saturday afternoon 3-point basketball shootout.

The weekend schedule includes: 

Fri., Aug. 2

  • Hospitality, featuring DJ HW1, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Admission $10 adults, $5 kids ages 5-10 yrs. Reservations at 417 831-3131
  • Golf Skin Game, 9 a.m., Bill & Payne Stewart Golf Course, 1825 E. Norton Rd. Contact Bevo Looney 417-343-8228

Sat., Aug. 4 

  • Tennis Tournament, 9 a.m. at Silver Springs Park. Contact Randy Smith 417-576-6116 or Vincent Stout, 417-886-2682
  • Co-ed Softball games, 10 a.m. at Silver Springs Park. Contact Nora England, 417-861-7568.
  • Bowling Tournament, 11 a.m. at Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine St. Contact Sid Needham, 417-865-1203, or Sunshine Lanes, 417-866-7246.
  • Park Day Reunion Parade begins at noon. Sponsored by the Ladies Civic League and the NAACP. Contact Charmaine Huddleston, 417-425-9355, or Janet Price, 417-379-6652.
  • Park Day Car Show, 1-4: p.m. at Silver Springs Park. Trophies will be awarded, contact Wally Ransom, 417-766-6479.
  • 3-point Basketball Shootout, 1-4 p.m. at Silver Springs Park. Medals will be awarded, for five different age groups. Contact Wally Ransom, 417-766-6479.
  • Discount swimming, 1-6:30 p.m. at Silver Springs Pool, admission is $1 or free with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest .
  • Park Day Reunion Picnic, 1:30-4 p.m. at Silver Springs Park pavilion, donations accepted, everyone is welcome, bring a covered dish if you can.
  • Timmons Hall Open House, 1:30-4 p.m.at Silver Springs Park.
  • Park Day Reunion Dance, featuring Charlie Redd & The Full Flava Kings, Tulsa, Ok., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at DoubleTree by Hilton, 2431 N. Glenstone Ave. Tickets $15 in advance, $20 at the door. Reservations at 417 831-3131

Sun., Aug. 5

  • Morning worship at various churches
  • Timmons Hall Open House, 1:30-4 p.m.at Silver Springs Park.
  • Praise in the Park Gospel music concert, 3:30 p.m., at Silver Springs Park. Contact Quincy Williams 417-861-3965 or Nora England, 417-861-7568.
  • Miss Silver Springs Beauty Pageant, 6 p.m. at Silver Springs Park Pool (pool is closed for swimming Sunday). Competition includes Future Miss Silver Springs (toddlers to 5 years), Little Miss Silver Springs (6-11 years), Junior Miss Silver Springs (12-15 years), and Miss Silver Springs (16-20 years). Contact Jane Pike, 417-869-8091; Stephanie Herron, 417-693-6442 or Sabrina Shockley, 417-597-1946.

About Silver Springs Park

Silver Springs is one of Springfield’s 10 Historic Parks, established in Springfield in 1918 on land known as the old Fairbanks pasture. It was later named for a spring on site, a tributary of Jordan Creek. During segregation, Silver Springs was the city’s only public park designated for black residents and sports leagues, including visiting baseball teams. In the 1930s, the Works Progress Administration lined the creek channel with rock, installed the fieldstone retaining walls and built the first Silver Springs Pool. The Jordan Creek Greenway connected Silver Springs Park to Smith Park in 2003. Silver Springs Pool was renovated in 2010. In 2015, historic Timmons Temple was relocated into the park, reopening as Timmons Hall in 2019. In 2018, the year of the park’s centennial, Silver Springs became the first location marked on the new Springfield-Greene County African-American Heritage Trail.

For more information about the Park Day Reunion, contact Springfield Reunion Club President Nora England at 417-861-7568.

For media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile). 

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