May 26, 2011

News Release

For Immediate Release

Parks Open Pools, Dedicate Grant Beach Improvements

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will open its seven outdoor public pools this weekend and celebrate next weekend, June 4, the dedication of improvements made at Grant Beach Park Pool, 833 W. Calhoun Street with a free open house.

Outdoor Pool Season Information

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 this weekend, May 28 & 29. Visit http://bit.ly/outdoorpools2011 (pdf) to download the Outdoor Aquatics Programs & Activities guide. The guide contains hours of operation, programs, events, dates for free swim days at four different locations (10 – 11:30 a.m. only at each location) and season pricing information. After this first weekend, pools begin normal operating hours of Thursdays through Sundays beginning Saturday, June 4.

In addition to the Thursday – Sunday hours, two pool locations have increased operating hours again in 2011. Fassnight Pool will operate Tuesdays – Sundays, and Grant Beach Pool will open Wednesdays – Sundays, throughout the season.

The Rotary Club of Springfield (Downtown) has again donated funds to help extend the hours of operation at outdoor pool locations.

One special pool event is the Splash N' Sizzle weekends, which run 5:30 – 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, July 1 – 30 at Doling, Grant Beach, Silver Springs and Westport Pools. Fassnight and Meador Pools will be open from 5:30 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays only for the Splash N' Sizzle weekends. Admission to these six locations is $1 or a canned food item donation for the Ozarks Food Harvest. Extended Splash N' Sizzle holiday hours include:

*Memorial and Independence Days—Free admission with Military ID or VFW card

Daily season admission to all public pools is:

Youth, Adult, Senior and Family pool passes for the 2011 summer season are available now. Parents are reminded that they must accompany children eight years of age and younger 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.

Grant Beach Park Pool Improvements

The Grant Beach Park Pool dedication will take place at Noon, Saturday, June 4, for improvements made to its pool area and the addition of new pool play features. An open house will follow from 1 – 6:30 p.m. at Grant Beach Pool with free public entry.

The improvements include: a new splash-play structure with buckets and interactive features, immediately adjacent to the pool, which is the first of its kind in the parks system; the addition of two slides – a double tube slide and a drop slide; spray features; lap lanes; shade structures; a new spring style diving board; bath house and concession area renovations; new filtration and mechanical system; and a new fence surrounding the pool.

The renovations were made possible by the voter-approved 2006 County-wide Parks Sales Tax for outdoor pool renovations. The total renovation cost was approximately $1,233,000. The project is on budget and on time as promised. Branco Enterprises was the general contractor, Sapp Design Associates were the architects and Waters Edge Aquatic Design was the consultant for the project.

For more information, media contact: For pools information, Marc Baker, 417-891-1616; or for Grant Beach Pool improvements, Jodie Adams, 417-864-1329.