May 04, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Kicks Off May With Various Parks Events

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has many events to start the month of May, from celebrating Mexican culture to celebrating mothers and Mother Nature.

6:30 – 9:30 p.m., Friday, May 6 at Founder's Park, 330 E. Water St., in Downtown Springfield

ArtsFiesta! is a celebration of Mexican culture, and will feature an authentic Mariachi band, Mariachi Viva Jalisco, from Springfield's sister city of Tlaquepaque, Mexico. Festivities also include dance performances by Grupo Latinoamericano from Springfield and Grupo Libertad from Branson. Admission is $3; children 10 and under are free.

Call Springfield Sister Cities Association at 417-864-1191 or visit for more information.

City-wide Tire Toss
8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Ozark Empire Fairgrounds (Gate 5) 3001 N. Grant Ave.

Residents living within Springfield city limits have the opportunity to properly dispose of their old tires. As temperatures heat up, old tires can serve as a breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry diseases. This event will clean up neighborhoods and keep the environment healthy. Last year, 25,000 waste tires were disposed at this event. The Park Board is a co-sponsor of this event.

Call Pauletta Dunn, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, at 417-888-2020 for more information.

NEW – Public Gardens Day
9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7 at Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 2400 S. Scenic Ave.

The new Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center will host the inaugural Public Gardens Day this Saturday. Families can participate in garden tours, public flower planting and other hands-on activities. From 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., kids can create a flower craft as a gift for mom for free. Visitors can attend a 9 – 11 a.m. "Spring Into Gardening" presentation from Master Gardeners to learn how to control weeds and other pests in the garden for a $10 fee.

For more information, call the Botanical Center at 417-891-1515.

Mother's Day at the Farm
Noon – 4 p.m., Sunday, May 8 at Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park, 3825 W. Farm Rd. 146

The Farm Park offers a full day of springtime activities including a tractor-pulled hayride and fishing. Mother's Day crafts include filling a vase with silk flowers and decorating a Mother's Day card. Free; some activities have a small fee.

For more information, contact Rutledge-Wilson Farm Park at 417-837-5949.

Mother's Day at the Zoo
9 a.m. – 5p.m., Sunday, May 8 at Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Road

Mothers receive free admission to Dickerson Park Zoo all day. Kids can also make pasta jewelry as a gift for mom from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Regular zoo admission is $8 for adults and teens, $5 for children ages 3—12 and free admission for mothers. Dickerson Park Zoo's admission gate is open from 9 a.m.—5 p.m.

Call the Zoo's information hotline at 417-864-1800 for more information or visit

For a complete listing of other events this weekend or for other upcoming activities, visit

For more information, media contact: Cindy Jobe, Springfield Sister Cities Association, 417-353-6424; Pauletta Dunn, Community Partnership of the Ozarks, 417-888-2020; Peter Longley, Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center, 417-891-1515; Melinda Arnold, Dickerson Park Zoo, 417-833-1570.