This Month in Parks - April 2020

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


  1. Coronavirus Information

    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board begins reopening facilities May 4, following the City of Springfield’s and Greene County’s updated civil emergency orders. Family Centers, Cooper Tennis, Jordan Valley Ice Park, Springfield Skate Park and Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center are reopening. Sports leagues, playgrounds, classes, pools, Dickerson Park Zoo and Northview Center remain closed until further notice. Check here for details.

    Stay smart while visiting any parks, trails and facilities: stay six feet away from anyone you meet, do not gather in groups, cover your cough or sneeze, and if you’re sick, please stay home.

    We need everyone’s help making sure our parks and trails stay safe!


  2. Parks Pick-Me-Up

    The Springfield-Greene County Park Board launched a new series called Parks Pick-Me-Up, where our staff, partners and visitors share fun things to do and see in our parks. The series includes health and wellness tips, parks stories, cool places to walk or hike, kids activities and gorgeous photos. All our content is things you can do while practicing social distancing and avoiding groups.


  3. Virtual Artsfest

    With the postponement of Artsfest until September, The Springfield Regional Art Council (SRAC), in collaboration with the Downtown Springfield Association and the global #GivingTuesday movement decided to celebrate the arts virtually this spring, through an online Artsfest.

    Virtual Artsfest is a $5 ticketed event, with a portion of all proceeds going into an arts relief fund managed by the SRAC. With each $5 ticket, patrons will receive exclusive access to online music performances, a list of participating artists and their websites; virtual artist studio tours and demos, art downloads and activities and more! Each ticket will also be entered for the chance to win prizes including original art.

    Tickets can be purchased online starting Friday, May 1, through Thursday, May 7, 2020.

    Help support and celebrate the arts in your community, and we'll see you again in the fall!

    All ages
    May 1-May 7


  4. 6K Social Distancing Fun Run

    6K Social Distancing Fun Run is a FREE event designed to get people out and competing while still practicing safe social distancing. Runners compete at their own pace on their own course and submit results once they complete their run. Runners are limited to one submission for the event. The leaderboard will be updated weekly so runners can keep track of how well they are doing. Race shirts available for $20.

    All ages
    May 1-Aug. 2


  5. Cooper Tennis Complex

    Cooper Tennis Center reopens Tuesday, May 5, following a modified schedule: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.; Saturday, 8.a.m.-2 p.m.; and Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Members must maintain a six-foot distance from each other at all times, including during play. Enter the building through the breezeway.


  6. Jordan Valley Ice Park

    Jordan Valley Ice Park reopens Monday, May 4, with limited capacity. Public ice skating and freestyle skating sessions schedules are posted at


  7. Family Centers

    Chesterfield, Dan Kinney and Doling Family Centers reopen Tuesday, May 5, following a modified schedule: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Members must maintain a six-foot distance from one another, and no congregating in common areas. Open areas include the cardio rooms, weight rooms, walking tracks and gymnasium, and the number of users in each area is limited. Fitness classes, personal training and weight spotters are not allowed. No group play in the gym. Restrooms and locker rooms are open, but showers and drinking fountains are closed — bring your own water bottle. Childcare services remain closed. No rentals or birthday parties.


  8. Golf

    The Park Board Golf Courses are OPEN, along with outdoor parks and trails! Golf Course staff members are taking extra measures to keep the course safe, including disinfecting carts after each use, disinfecting common surfaces every 30 minutes, and limiting indoor transactions. Book your tee time and play some golf today!


  9. Dickerson Park Zoo

    Although the zoo is closed, you can #BringtheZootoYou! Write a letter to your favorite animal and watch as it’s read on the DPZ facebook page. Email letters to


  10. Adopt an Urban Garden

    Enjoy the benefits of gardening and growing your own food — even if you don’t have a yard! Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park has raised garden beds available for rent March-October. Choose from 8’x16’ or 16’x16’. You chose what to grow. Maintenance and watering are your responsibility. All garden beds are filled with topsoil and organic matter, with several water sources on site. Plots are open dawn to dusk. Call 471-837-5949 for info.

    All ages
    3825 W Farm Road 146, Springfield, MO 65802
    $25/8 ‘x16’ plot, $40/16’ x 16’ plot; Optional Garden Prep $15/$30


  11. Ozark Greenway Trails

    Springfield’s Ozark Greenway Trails features a 75+ mile system of multi-use trails. Check the site to find a new favorite destination, and bike, walk or wheel your way down the trail.


  12. Father and Son Virtual Bass Fishing Tournament

    Socially distance and compete in the Big Bass Challenge with your son, nephew or grandson. Fish when you can, where you can. Tournament t-shirt included for the son, with additional shirts available to purchase. Participants may fish in any public or private body of water within Greene, Christian, Webster, Dallas, Polk, Dade and Lawrence counties. Fish at Lake Springfield and get 50% off your first hour of boat rental.

    All ages
    May 24-June 21

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