Springfield-Greene County Park Board to Begin Facility Reopening

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is beginning the process of reopening facilities after the city and county issued orders taking a first step away from COVID-19 related stay at home orders.

The Park Board will operate within the restrictions in the orders of no groups of more than 15 people, while implementing social distancing and occupancy limits.

“We are eager to get our facilities back up and running for our community,” Bob Belote, Director of Parks, said in a press release. “But it’s not as easy as flipping a light switch and everything goes back to the way it was before. Our paramount goal still remains the health and safety of both our patrons and staff, and we must maintain appropriate physical distancing throughout the park system. We continue to align all our operations and safety protocols with the Health Department and we are working to follow their guidelines, along with the Mayor’s Order, at all times.”

Park Board officials will be working with staff from the Springfield-Greene County Health Department on restrictions and instructions for those wish to use Park Board facilities.

The following facilities and activities will be opening:

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. 

Indoor Aquatics Centers at Chesterfield and Doling Family Centers are expected to reopen in late May, in conjunction with Health Department recommendations. Details will be announced.

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. Singles and doubles play and private lessons may resume, but tennis classes and Cooper Tennis Academy remain closed. The pro shop is open, but the fitness room and community room are closed. Restrooms and locker rooms are open, but showers are closed. Reserve courts at 417-837-5800.

Summer Day Camp locations, activities and program size may be modified.Current city and county orders require childcare, including summer day camps, to limit group size to 10 people. Park staff is evaluating all camps and working toward opening SPARC Summer Camps, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park camps and Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center camps as scheduled, but dates have not been finalized. Details will be announced for these as well as other sports and specialty camps. Camp registration continues to be available at ParkBoard.org/camps.

Jordan Valley Ice Park reopens Monday, May 4, with limited capacity.  Public ice skating and freestyle skating sessions schedules are posted at ParkBoard.org/IcePark. Classes and contact sports such as ice hockey are suspended through May 31.

Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park outdoor areas of the park have been open. The park’s Gift Shop reopens Tuesday, May 5, allowing fishing pole rentals and catch-and-release fishing to resume. Animal barns are also open. The playground and classroom remain closed. No rentals, birthday parties or field trips.

Springfield Skate Park reopens Tuesday, May 5, following a modified schedule: Tuesday-Friday, 3-9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; and Sunday, noon-4 p.m. Capacity will be limited and skaters must maintain a six-foot distance from each other at all times. The pro shop is open and curbside service continues. No birthday parties, lessons, rentals or special events.

Lake Springfield Boathouse reopens Monday, May 11. Canoe, Kayak and Paddleboard rentals open Friday, May 15. The meeting room and Northwoods Pavilion remain closed, with no rentals.                                              

Valley Water Mill Equestrian Center reopens Monday, May 11, for private lessons. Riders must maintain a six-foot distance from one another, with no more than 15 riders and instructors on site at once. No rentals or classes.

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