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SPARC (School-Parks Are Reaching Communities) is a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Public Schools, promoting opportunities for youth and families through after-school and recreational enrichment, summer camps, intramural sports and more. Most SPARC programs are conducted at school-park sites. Scholarships may be available. Visit ParkBoard.org/Scholarships for details.

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Sports

 
SPARC offers sports leagues in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Visit our sports page for information and registration forms on current leagues offered.

Now Hiring

SPARC is now hiring for the 2021-2022 school year. Positions include Site Directors, Program Assistants and Academic Coordinators for before- and after-school programs, and support staff for SPARC Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball leagues. Apply at ParkBoard.org/Jobs. Select SPARC Youth Before- and After-School Programs.
Position details here.

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  1. Before-and-After-Banner

    Before and After School Programs


    SPARC Before and After School Program is a licensed child care program that provides a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow both before and after school through a variety of clubs, sports, enrichment activities, homework help, and mentoring. Click here for more detailsThe program provides:

    • Snack Time: A healthy after school snack and 100% Juice are provided.
    • Social Time: A chance for friends to catch up, talk about their day, and unwind.
    • Games and Activities: Every day provides a different activity, or choice of activities that work on a core physical, mental, or enrichment element. SPARC focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy, critical thinking, and more!
    • Homework Time: We give the students a chance to work on any homework from the day, study for any tests, or ask the staff for any specific help with an assignment.
    • Special Events: Movies, pizza parties, and cookouts!

    Important documents:


    AGE
    Grades K-6
    TIME
    6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.
    LOCATIONS
    Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Wilson's Creek, Carver, Cherokee, Pipkin (a.m. only), Westport
    FEE
    $20-40/Week; view flyer for details. Scholarships may be available.

     
  2. SPARC Winter Break Program


    Don’t sit at home with the Winter Break blues. Join the SPARC crew for fun-filled camp-style activities. Space is limited. Registration required. View flyer.

    AGE
    5-12 yrs.
    DATE
    Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, Jan. 3
    TIME
    7 a.m.-6 p.m.
    FEE
    $20/Child/Day

     

  3. Ritter Springs Challenge Program


    The Ritter Springs Challenge program will inspire your team to effectively communicate, support each other, solve problems together, and develop stronger relationships. Individually, we will build everyone's self-confidence, awareness of strengths and limitations, trust, stress management skills, and respect for each other. The highlight of our program is our Challenge Course set in the quiet and natural setting of the 245-acre Ritter Springs Park. Our Challenge Course provides a low risk, but challenging element to our teambuilding program that will have your group walking cable ropes, negotiating obstacles, and balancing on elements built close to the ground. Call to schedule for your team or group 874-2412

     View Participant Information Letter | View Registration Form | View Liability Waiver and Medical Release Form 

    Ages 5 yrs. and up
    By appointment, year-round
    Time varies, call for details
    $50 non-refundable deposit
    $15/ person for 3-hour session
    $25/ person for 6-hour session


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Effective July 1, 2017, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board shall discontinue accepting Electronic Checks as a payment option for program payments. Credit card & debit cards will continue to be accepted.

For those patrons paying by credit card or debit card: Should funds not be available during the withdrawal process the $20 insufficient funds fee will be assessed and due at the time of payment failure and will be collected with any outstanding program fees. Program privileges will be suspended until all delinquent fees, charges and costs are paid in full. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any additional questions, please see the Administrator or Coordinator.