Fast Facts...The Springfield-Greene County Parks Department:
- employs about 500 people, of which 2/3 are contract or temporary employees
- has an annual budget of approximately $33 million
- helps maintain the Dickerson Park Zoo, home to 450 animals representing 160 species
- supports Springfield Lasers, World TeamTennis team
- manages 102 park sites, nearly 100 miles of trail opportunities, 4 golf courses, and the Dickerson Park Zoo
- supports the national Community Olympic Development Program promoting efforts in tennis, weightlifting, ice hockey, archery and volleyball
- was honored in 2003 by Sports Illustrated magazine when the City of Springfield, Missouri-Greene County was named Missouri Sportstown USA.
Any sport, any fitness regimen, any need for relaxation or competition can be met through facilities owned or managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. The mission to take parks to another level is evidenced with programs such as Hearts ‘n Parks, which encourages people to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
The department is incorporating a network of linear parks and trails that run near and around geologically unique areas of the Ozarks, such as creek beds and springs. These parks and greenways protect the environment and the animals that make a habitat in them, in addition to offering play space.
A nationally-known organization, the Parks Department's efforts were recognized by the National Recreation and Park Association in 2000 when named a Gold Medal Award winner. Park facilities regularly host state, local and national tournaments in golf, baseball, softball, soccer, hockey and tennis.
Services to the CommunityParks, greenways and recreational programs are valuable assets to communities. They deliver benefit by:
- providing fitness and socialization for individuals
- keeping young people constructively active
- improving environmental quality
- contributing to economic well-being
The Springfield-Greene County Park Board is committed to provide the highest quality of leisure opportunities; to offer programs for relaxation, as well as stimulation; and to encourage personal and community enrichment for the citizens of Springfield.