May 19, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Park Board Pools Open May 23

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will open public pools this season on Saturday, May 23 with expanded hours and pool amenities. To celebrate the opening of pool season, an announcement ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 23 at Historic Fassnight Park for the improvements made to its pavilion, bathhouse and pool area. An Open House will follow at Fassnight Pool with free entry from 1 – 6:30 p.m.

All seven outdoor pools, including Fassnight Park, 1300 S. Campbell Ave.; Doling Park, 2600 N. Robberson Ave.; Grant Beach Park, 1300 N. Grant St.; Meador Park, 2500 S. Fremont Ave.; Westport Park, 3100 W. Mt. Vernon St.; Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton Ave.; and the McGee/McGregor Wading Pool at Phelps Grove Park, 1200 E. Bennett St. will open for the next two weekends, May 23 & 24 and May 30 & 31. Visit http://www.parkboard.org/info/aquatics/pdfs/outdoor_pools_summer_brochure09.pdf to download the Outdoor Aquatics Programs & Activities guide. The guide contains hours of operation, events, dates for free swim days at four different locations (10 – 11:30 a.m. only at each location) and season pricing information. After the first two weekends, pools begin normal operating hours Thursdays – Sundays.

In addition to the Thursday – Sunday hours, two pool locations have increased operating hours in 2009, because of a combined grant of $32,000 by the Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown) and the Community Partnership of the Ozarks. Fassnight Pool will operate Tuesdays – Sundays, and Grant Beach Pool will open Wednesdays – Sundays, throughout the season. Additionally, every Tuesday at Fassnight patrons can swim for $1 all day.

One special pool event is the six-week Splash N’ Sizzle weekends, which run 5:30 – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, July 10 – Aug. 8 at Doling, Grant Beach and Westport Pools and 5 – 7 p.m. at Silver Springs Pool. Admission to these four locations is $1 or a canned food item donation for the Ozarks Food Harvest. Extended Splash N’ Sizzle holiday hours include:

Daily season admission to all public pools is:

Parents are reminded that they must accompany children under the age of eight to all pools. The pools information hotline is (417) 864-2099, which is updated throughout the season in the event of cancellations due to inclement weather.

The historic bathhouse and pavilion at Fassnight Park will be highlighted at the 12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 23 Open House. Built in 1927, the structure received re-pointing and stone work repair; interior plaster repair; new roof; new lighting and plumbing fixtures; interior painting; pool filtration improvements and repairs, which are fully compliant with the Virginia Graham Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act; energy efficient electrical fixtures. The pool also has added shade sail cloth in the concessions area and a splash area with a small slide, water sprays and movable spray nozzles. The renovations were made possible by the 2006 voter-approved 1/4-cent Parks sales tax for Historic Park Renovations. Esterly Schneider & Associates were the architectural firm for the $892,062 project and Kenmar Construction was the general contractor.

The Park Board and Public Works Storm Water division are working with consultants Mathews & Associates and Patti Banks Associates on plans for Fassnight stream improvements. The general scope of work includes stream bank stabilization, stream bank landscape plantings, rebuilding of some remnant stone walls along Fassnight Creek, a new entry bridge and new trail through the park, and new bridges on Campbell Avenue and Grant Street. This project also will be funded through the 2006 1/4-cent Parks sales tax.

For more information, media contact: for pools information, Marc Baker, (417) 891-1616; or for Fassnight improvements, Jodie Adams, (417) 864-1049.