The Park Board was proud to be able to keep outdoor parks, trails and golf courses are open during the city and county stay-home orders. Spring 2020 has brought record numbers of parks vistors as residents sought fresh air, exercise and sunshine while practicing safe physical distancing from others.
After several weeks of being closed, Park Board playgrounds, family centers, sports facilities other locations are beginning to reopen, many with modifired hours and new operating guidelines.
As of May 14, playgrounds are reopened with physical distancing guidelines in place.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, outdoor parks, including playgrounds, open spaces and trails are open. Physical distancing guidelines remain in place.
Park Board playground equipment is not disinfected regularly. However, the Springfield-Greene County Health Department advises that the virus causing COVID-19 may be susceptible to UV light and humidity.
Visitors are advised to keep a minimum six-foot distance from others, make sure they wash their hands before and after visiting parks, avoid touching their faces, cover any coughs or sneezes, and avoid areas where crowd size is approaching 25 people. All park visitors are asked to please stay home if they are feeling any symptoms of illness.
Members and guests must maintain a six-foot distance from one another and classes may be moved to another room to allow for physical distancing. Restrooms, showers and locker rooms are open, but drinking fountains are closed — bring your own water bottle. Childcare services, rentals and birthday parties are not currently available. No congregating is allowed in common areas. All members and guests are asked to please stay home if they are feeling any symptoms of illness.
Due to several weeks of facility closures and a city-wide hiring freeze caused by COVID-19, lifeguard certification and hiring has been interrupted, and staff availability is currently limited. Without enough lifeguards, Park Board’s outdoor pools are not able to open as normally scheduled. Outdoor pools will remain closed through the end of June, with the goal of opening at least one pool by early July. Updates will be announced.
SPARC’s Summer Adventure Day Camp for ages 5-12 and Summer Quest Day Camp for ages 11-14 will be held this summer at Pershing K-8 School. Camp opens May 26. Capacity is limited to 150 kids and camp is currently full. Parents may add children to a waiting list, which will be used to fill additional spaces as they become available.
The Park Board does not currently plan to open Ritter Springs Day Camp. This outdoors-based camp requires bus transportation and shared activities and locations that include large groups of kids. Both bus transportation and large groups are incompatible with city orders limiting day camps to stable groups of no more than 25 people. For more information on camps, visit ParkBoard.org/camps.
Yes, the Park Board’s golf courses are open, with modified operations designed in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Players must stay 6 feet from others, avoid gathering in groups, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are showing symptoms of illness. Online tee time booking is encouraged at ParkBoardGolf.org. Payment by phone with card or patron member account is recommended, but not required. Staff has implemented expedited check-in. Staff will not pair players who are not already together. Tee times are currently spaced 15-18 minutes apart. Pencils and scorecards are by request only, and are discarded if left on carts. Walking and individual carts are encouraged, and each golf cart is disinfected before and after use. Players are asked not to touch or remove flags, and all ball washers, rakes and water jugs have been removed from the course. Access to the Pro Shop and driving range is limited. Concessions are carry-out only.
Fishing is still allowed at these locations, provided people stay 6 feet from others, avoid gathering in groups, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are showing symptoms of illness. Rutledge-Wilson is catch-and-release only.
Yes, outdoor open spaces are open, including the disc golf courses. Players must stay 6 feet from others, avoid gathering in groups, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are showing symptoms of illness.
Yes, Cooper Tennis Complex and outdoor tennis courts are open, including Perry Courts, Meador, Gillenwaters, Nichols and neighborhood parks. Players must stay 6 feet from others, avoid gathering in groups, cover coughs and sneezes, and stay home if they are showing symptoms of illness.
Shooting hoops, throw/catch or one-on-one is permitted, but no defense, no games. All players must remain 6 feet apart at all times.