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 for details.

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

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  1. 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. The 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!
    SPARC Before & After School Care is only available for days your child is receiving in-person instruction. Reduced rates available; proof of free/reduced meal status required. View flyer.

    Grades K-6
    6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.
    Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Westport, & Wilson’s Creek
    Carver, Cherokee, & Williams
    BEFORE SCHOOL: $20/Week/Child; AFTER SCHOOL: $40/Week/Child


  2. Art-C Paint - May

    Attention artists! ART-C at Home is here to help you create your very own canvas masterpiece with no experience required. Register for this step-by-step virtual painting class which includes an art kit with everything you need: canvas, paint, brushes, and an apron! A video tutorial by a certified art teacher will be available for download immediately upon packet pick-up, May 18 or May 20.   View flyer.

    5 yrs. and up
    by Fri., May 14
    Tues., May 18 at Oak Grove Community Center; Thurs., May 20 at SPARC Office


  3. Explore's Out with SPARC

    Join us while Explore's Out! We are hosting our own jungle safari cruise! Dance parties, limbo, lip-synch battles, water play, scavenger hunts, and crafts! Register by Monday, June 28. View flyer.

    5-12 yrs.
    Thurs., July 1-Fri., July 2.
    6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
    Harrison Elementary
    $20/Child per day


  4. 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.