March 19, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Stroll Garden Opens with Cherry Blossom Kite Festival

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., will open for the season by hosting the 6th annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28. Admission to the Festival is free for all ages. Bring your own kite, or a limited quantity of kite-making kits for younger children are available for $2.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s SPARC (Schools, Parks Are Reaching Communities) section and the Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will announce winners of kite design and kite building competitions at noon.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is open throughout the season from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursdays – Mondays, from April 2 – October 31, 2009. General admission to the Garden is $3; 12 and younger are free. There is no admission charge for March 28 opening day/Festival activities.

The Kite Festival is presented by the Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA), Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and SRAC.

SSCA will hold its annual membership celebration at 6:30 p.m., Friday, March 20, at the Clarion Hotel, 3333 S. Glenstone Ave. The meeting is free to SSCA members; others can join at the door for $25. Ric Buchanon and Lois Weston will be introduced as new board members. SSCA President Dianne Elizabeth Osis will emcee the event, which will include highlights of 2008 and plans for 2009. Food and drink is provided.

For more information, contact: Cindy Jobe for Sister Cities or the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival, (417) 864-1191; Ben Kellner for Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, (417) 864-1178.