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Springfield-Greene County Park Board News

Posted on: March 17, 2020

Playgrounds closed, parks and trails remain open

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*Additional updates have been released since this news release. Please check https://www.parkboard.org/CivicAlerts.aspx?CID=1 for the latest information.

Springfield, MO — Starting Monday, March 23, all Springfield-Greene County Park Board playgrounds, play equipment and high-density gathering areas are closed until further notice, to help prevent spread of COVID-19. Director of Parks Bob Belote said the decision was made in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department.

"We know this is very tough news for families with children, but unfortunately it’s absolutely critical for the health and safety of our community," said Belote.  "We’ve seen very high volume at our playgrounds this weekend, and we know the virus can live on plastic and metal surfaces for hours.  At this point, keeping the playgrounds open poses just too much of a health risk for our park visitors."

Aside from playgrounds, outdoor parks and trails, including Ozark Greenways trails, remain open and are following normal hours.  In accordance with the City of Springfield’s Civil Emergency declaration, all gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited through May 3, and parks visitors may not gather in groups larger than 10. All parks visitors are advised to follow CDC prevention guidelines, including frequent hand washing, staying at least six feet from others, avoiding touching your face, covering coughs and sneezes and staying home while sick.

Numerous Park Board facilities are closed and events are canceled until further notice to control spread of COVID-19. 

Closed Facilities (administrative offices may remain open):

Modified operations:

  • Bill and Payne Stewart Golf Course, Horton Smith Golf Course and Rivercut Golf Course remain open regular hours, with new safety protocols and expedited check-in.Online bookings are encouraged at ParkBoardGolf.org.
  • Springfield Archery Complex at Davis Property, remains open, but indoor archery operations are suspended. Outdoor archery ranges are open.
  • Cruse Dog Park remains open, members may not congregate in groups of 10 or more. New member applications currently require an appointment with Parks Administration. Visit the Cruse Dog Park page for details. Membership renewals may be conducted by mail or email. 
  • The Parks Administration office remains open, but is closed to walk-in traffic. Access the office at 417-864-1049.

Events canceled:

  • Until further notice: Sports leagues are suspended, including SPARC Sports and youth and adult Softball, Baseball, Volleyball, Flag Football and Tennis. Details will be announced.
  • March 28: Floating Easter Egg Hunt at Chesterfield Family Center
  • March 28: Parks Job Fair, will be rescheduled
  • March 29: Neighborhood Kickball Tournament at Meador Park
  • April 1-May 3 #MoveMoreMonth Scavenger Hunt at multiple locations
  • April 4: Easter at the Farm at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park
  • April 4: Cherry Blossom Kite and Pinata Festival at Springfield Botanical Gardens
  • April 4: National Zoo Lovers Day & Enrichment Eggstravaganza at Dickerson Park Zoo
  • April 8: Golf Customer Appreciation and Masters Kick-off at Rivercut Golf Course
  • April 17-18: Ice skating show at Jordan Valley Park, will be rescheduled
  • April 17-18: WOW School at Lake Springfield Park
  • April 18: Party for the Planet at Dickerson Park Zoo
  • April 24: Arbor Day event and film screening at Springfield Botanical Gardens
  • April 25: Bark in the Park at Phelps Grove Park, will be rescheduled
  • April 25: Community-Wide Play Day at Fassnight Park
  • April 25: Outdoor BMX Flow Bowl Contest at Springfield Skate Park
  • April 25: History Keepers Luncheon at Timmons Hall
  • April 25: Master Garden and Garden Society Plant Sale at Springfield Botanical Gardens

Fees paid for canceled programs may be applied to future program registrations or to a Park Board Gift Card (through Active.) Refunds take two to three weeks to process. Contact the facility where you registered for details.

Additional closures and cancellations may be announced. Check for updates at ParkBoard.org and on Facebook @TheParkBoard.

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

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