August 17, 2012

News Release

For Immediate Release

Grant Beach Pool Closed, Weekend Swimming Moved to Meador

Grant Beach Pool will be closed this weekend, but swimmers may still cool off at Fassnight Pool and Meador Pool. Fassnight and Meador will be open Saturday, Aug. 18, and Sunday, Aug. 19, 1 – 6:30 p.m.

All outdoor pools have now closed for the regular season, but Fassnight and Grant Beach were scheduled to reopen weekends only until Labor Day. Due to damage caused by vandals this week, Grant Beach Pool is temporarily closed. Vandals broke several glass bottles within the pool property after the pool closed Tuesday evening. Parks maintenance crews are working diligently to sweep and vacuum the pool, to insure a safe environment — a process which may take several days.

Meador Pool will reopen in place of Grant Beach this weekend.

"We've had a phenomenal summer at our outdoor pools," said Bob Belote, Director of the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. "We've set new attendance records all around town, and Grant Beach, in particular, has been more popular than ever. When someone vandalizes a public park, or in this case, one of our pools, everyone loses. It's a real shame. But our staff is making every effort to reopen Grant Beach for the last two weekends of the season, if possible. Fortunately, we are able to reopen Meador Pool this weekend."

Normal pool admission is $2.75 adults, $2.25 kids age 3-17. After 5:30 p.m. admission to all pools drops to $1 or a canned food item. All food collected goes to Ozarks Food Harvest.

Fassnight Pool will reopen regular hours Saturday Aug. 25; Sunday, Aug. 26; Saturday, Sept. 1 and Sunday, Sept. 2. Fassnight will also be open for Back-to-School Splash n' Sizzle events Friday, Aug. 24; Friday Aug. 31, 4 – 10 p.m. and Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, 1 – 6:30 p.m. Admission to Splash n' Sizzle is $1 or a canned food item.

Labor Day is the last day for humans to swim. Canines, however, are invited to dog paddle in Fassnight Pool Tuesday, Sept. 4, 4-7 p.m. at Dog Swim IX. Proof of vaccination is required and preregistration is strongly recommended. Registration is $8 per dog and dog owner; additional humans are $3. All proceeds benefit Cruse Dog Park, Springfield's first off-leash dog park.

For media inquiries, contact: Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator, Springfield-Greene County Park Board, 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.