June 02, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

New Guide-By-Cell & Free Tram Offered at Parks

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with Friends of the Garden, will begin offering a new guide-by-cell service to visitors at both Nathanael Greene and Close Memorial Parks, 2400 S. Scenic, and free tram service at Close Park beginning this Saturday, June 5.

The free tram service will be provided from 1 – 5 p.m., each Saturday and Sunday, through the end of September at the 53-acre Close Memorial Park, located immediately to the south of Nathanael Greene Park. The tram service will pick up from the main parking lot at the Rose Garden and make a loop around the northern edge of Lake Drummond, then east toward the Dr. Bill Roston Butterfly House. It will continue along the northern edge of Close Park near the site of the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, which will open in October 2010, and back toward the parking lot.

A new guide-by-cell phone service is the first of its kind to the department and will be offered year-round throughout both the 59-acre Nathanael Greene Park and adjacent Close Memorial Park. Visitors will encounter nearly 80 points of interest throughout the parks, including gardens, the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, the Purple Martin Bird House and Gray-Campbell Farmstead. By calling a local telephone number and dialing through prompts, a short recording provides an audio tour with details on the particular stop.

Upcoming free events at Close include the June 26 Bluegrass & Blossoms event and Butterfly Festival on July 24 & 25. The parks are open from dawn until dusk. The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden also is open from 9 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursdays through Mondays, until Oct. 31. Admission is $3 for adults; free for children under 12.

Visit www.parkboard.org or www.friendsofthegarden.org for Park Board and Friends of the Garden information and upcoming events.

For more information, media contact: Miles Park, Parks Superintendent of General Services, 417-864-1326; or George Deatz, Friends of the Garden, 417-840-5472.