March 09, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Kite Festival Opens Stroll Garden Season

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden at Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., will open for the season by hosting the 7th annual Cherry Blossom Kite Festival from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 27.

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 $3.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s SPARC (Schools, Parks Are Reaching Communities) section and Springfield Regional Arts Council (SRAC) will announce winners of kite design and kite building competitions at noon. Other organizations regularly involved with Nathanael Greene Park also will be on-hand to share information about upcoming events in 2010. Limited Japanese snack food items will be available for sale.

The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is open throughout the season from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursdays – Mondays, from April 1 – October 31, 2010. General admission to the Garden is $3; 12 and younger are free. There is no admission charge for March 27 opening day/Festival activities.

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

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.

Springfield Sister Cities Association (SSCA)
P.O. Box 8368 • Springfield, MO 65801 • (417) 864-1191