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Coronavirus Update
Numerous events have been canceled and facilities are closed to help stop spread of Coronavirus. Check here for a complete list..


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  1. Let's go swimming!


    Fassnight Pool & McGee-McGregor Wading Pool are open! Fassnight Pool is open 1-6:30 p.m. Tues.-Sun. and McGee-McGregor is open 10 a.m.-noon and 3-6 p.m. Tues.-Sat. and 3-6 p.m. on Sundays through Aug. 16. 

     



  2. The Fountains are Open!


    Jordan Valley Park’s Ozark Stream and Fountains are open for the season, providing a free place for all ages to cool off in downtown Springfield. The Ozarks Stream runs continuously throughout the day. The fountain show takes place every hour, on the hour, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m., for about 30 minutes. The fountains also run continuously 11 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. The schedule is subject to change due to fountain maintenance, park rentals or community events. Admission to Jordan Jordan Valley Park is free, and parking is available at Jordan Valley Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway.
    The Park Board’s outdoor swimming pools remain closed, but indoor pools are open at Doling and Chesterfield family centers, and daily open swim is offered at $3/youth and seniors, $4/adults. For more schedules, visit our aquatics page.


     



  3. Flutter By the Butterfly House


    The Roston Native Butterfly House is open daily 10 a.m.-6 p.m. at Springfield Botanical Gardens in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park. The schedule, however, depends on volunteer staffing availability. Call the Botanical Center at 891-1515, ext. 2, to confirm daily hours. Admission is free. Capacity inside the Butterfly House is limited, based on current city orders.

     



  4. Stroll around Mizumoto


    Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is also open for the season, following installation of new concrete sidewalks. The 7.5-acre walled was created in 1985 and includes a large koi lake, moon bridge, meditation garden, tea house and traditional Japanese garden landscaping. 891-1515

    AGE
    All ages
    TIME
    Daily, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
    FEE
    $4/Adults, $2/Children 3-12 yrs. Kids 2 and under are free.

     

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Special Events



  1. Wed., Aug. 12: World Elephant Day


    $2 off admission all day for guests wearing gray. Dickerson Park Zoo 891-1550

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Wed., Aug. 12
    TIME
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $2 off admission; $15/adults and teens, $12/Seniors 60+, $10/Children 3-12 yrs.

     


  2. Aug. 29-30: Current River Paddle Trip


    Paddle an easy and scenic 17 miles of the Current River, Cedargrove Access to Pulltite. This overnight trip is distinguished by abundant springs, a cave that can be paddled into and points of historical interest. Transportation and boat included. Major gear available for rent. Suggested gear and meal planning available. Register by Aug. 27.This program is tentative based on COVID-19 regulations.

    AGE
    12 yrs. and up (12-17 yrs. with an adult)
    DATE
    Aug. 29-30
    TIME
    Sat., 9 a.m.-Sun., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Current River
    FEE
    $60/Person

     

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Fun for All Ages



  1. Family Fishing Nights


    Bring the whole family for a relaxing evening of catch-and-release fishing, plus Cow Train rides and a campfire. Bring your own bait and gear. Limited fishing rod rentals available. Bring your own food to roast over the campfire. Disposable roasting forks provided or bring your own. Drinks and ice cream may be purchased in the Gift Shop. Space is limited to 50 people. Registration required by 5 p.m. the day before the event by calling 417-837-5949. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri., Aug. 14
    TIME
    6-9 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    FEE
    $5/participant when you bring your own bait & gear
    $10/participant if you rent fishing pole and bait from Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    Free with paid adult/ age 2 yrs. and younger

     


  2. Cardio Kickboxing


    Learn the basics of kickboxing and burn calories with this high-intensity cardio workout. No registration required. View flyer.

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Ongoing
    TIME
    Mon., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily fee/Non-member

     


  3. Aug. 4-13: Pickleball for Beginners


    An instructor-led course focusing on the rules and fundamentals of pickleball. Fun for teens and adults of all ages! All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited!

    AGE
    10 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Aug. 4-13
    TIME
    Tues. & Thurs., 8-9 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $20/Members, $30/Non-members

     


  4. Aug. 4-13: Intermediate Pickleball


    Builds on the skills learned during Pickleball for Beginners and teaches more advanced skills for leagues and tournaments. All equipment provided. Please register in advance, as space is limited!

    AGE
    10 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Aug. 4-13
    TIME
    Tues. & Thurs., 7-8 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    $20/Members, $30/Non-members

     


  5. Wed., Aug. 12: World Elephant Day


    $2 off admission all day for guests wearing gray. Dickerson Park Zoo 891-1550

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Wed., Aug. 12
    TIME
    9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo
    FEE
    $2 off admission; $15/adults and teens, $12/Seniors 60+, $10/Children 3-12 yrs.

     


  6. Aug. 14, 28: Guided Float


    Join us for a guided float on the James River Water Trail and group hike! Great for beginners. You will learn the safety and basics of paddling before launching on Lake Springfield and head to the Springfield Conservation Nature Center to go hiking. Spot wildlife both on and off the water and learn more about the area from one of our guides. After, you can enjoy snacks and socializing on the lawn. (If you have any dietary or physical restrictions, please notify park staff when enrolling for this event.)

    AGE
    10 and up. Please note that ages 10-17 must have an adult with them on the water to participate (ages 14-17 can be in their own boat, ages 10-13 must be in a boat with an adult). Friday, Aug. 14 and Aug. 28
    DATE
    Aug. 14, 28
    TIME
    Fri., 5:30-7:30 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Lake Springfield
    FEE
    $30/participant - must be paid at time of registration. Includes boat rental, paddle and life jacket.

     

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Kids’ Sports & Programs



  1. Cardio Kickboxing


    Learn the basics of kickboxing and burn calories with this high-intensity cardio workout. No registration required. View flyer.

    AGE
    5 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Ongoing
    TIME
    Mon., 6 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily fee/Non-member

     


  2. Generation Pound


    A youth-oriented program that fuses movement and music to improve focus, coordination, physical fitness and teamwork skills. Kids use special drumsticks and are encouraged to explore movement and embrace their creativity. Registration required by calling 837-5900 or at Doling Family Center front desk. View flyer.

    AGE
    6-14 yrs.
    DATE
    June 17-Aug 26
    TIME
    Mon., Wed., 6-7 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Doling Family Center
    FEE
    Free/Member, Daily Fee/Non-member

     


  3. August 1, 8, 15 and 22: Skate Camp


    Geared toward beginner and intermediate skateboarders. Develop and enhance basic skateboarding skills while creating new friendships and building confidence. Instruction focuses on control, safety, park etiquette and skateboarding fundamentals. Space is limited, registration required. Limited skateboard rentals available. Scholarships may be available. Register in person only. Download registration form.

    AGE
    6-14 yrs
    DATE
    Aug. 1, 8, 15 and 22
    TIME
    Sat., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Springfield Skate Park
    FEE
    $55

     


  4. Fri., Aug. 14: Family Fishing Night


    Bring the whole family for a relaxing evening of catch-and-release fishing, plus Cow Train rides and a campfire. Bring your own bait and gear. Limited fishing rod rentals available. Bring your own food to roast over the campfire. Disposable roasting forks provided or bring your own. Drinks and ice cream may be purchased in the Gift Shop. Space is limited to 50 people. Registration required by 5 p.m. the day before the event by calling 417-837-5949. Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park 837-5949

    AGE
    All ages
    DATE
    Fri., Aug. 14
    TIME
    6-9 p.m.
    LOCATION
    Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    FEE
    $5/participant when you bring your own bait & gear
    $10/participant if you rent fishing pole and bait from Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
    Free with paid adult/ age 2 yrs. and younger

     

Adult Sports & Programs



  1. Aug. 19-Sept. 16: Qigong


    Instructor-led slow body movement and deep breathing, following a repeated sequence. Can be done standing or seated. People perform Qigong to maintain health, heal their bodies and encourage a positive healthy oulook on life. Program will be held on the outdoor covered patio at Jordan Valley Maintenance Patio with ceiling fans. Masks strongly encouraged and social distancing required before, during and after class. Call 837-5808 to register. Registration required by Mon., Aug. 17. Limited spots available.


    AGE
    55 yrs. and up
    DATE
    Wed., Aug. 19-Sept. 16
    TIME
    10-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Jordan Valley Maintenance Patio
    FEE
    $35/Participants 55 and over; $45/Participants under 55

     

Accessible Recreation



  1. Pavilion Projects: Wind Chimes


    Join us for a traveling series of craft projects of all varieties, while exploring different park pavilions! All adults ages 18 and up with a disability are welcome! Pre-registration required by calling 417-837-5808. Class sizes are limited and physical distancing guidelines will be followed. Face masks are encouraged.

    AGE
    Ages 18 yrs. and up with a disability
    DATE
    Tues., Aug. 11; Fri., Aug. 14
    TIME
    9:30-11 a.m.
    LOCATION
    Dickerson Park Zoo Pavilion
    FEE
    $5/class

     
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