April 22, 2013

News Release

For Immediate Release

Doling Museum Opens for the Season

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Doling Museum opened for the season Sunday, April 21, in Doling Park, 310 E. Talmage.

The Doling Museum highlights the colorful history of Doling Park, a popular picnic, caving and swimming destination for generations of Springfieldians since the Doling family purchased the land in 1882. The park reached its heyday in the early 1900s, when private investors added an amusement park with a roller skating rink, dance hall, bandstand, ball fields, penny arcade, boat rentals and Shoot-the-Chutes, a multi-story outdoor slide which people rode with flat-bottomed boats into Doling Lake. The then-named Springfield Park Board purchased Doling Park in 1929, and though the amusement park was dismantled, the skating rink continued to operate through the 1960s.

Doling is considered one of the Park Board’s ten Historic Parks, highlighted throughout this year during the Park Board’s centennial celebration. The Park Board was established May 22, 1913, and has grown from that time from two to 102 parks sites.

The Doling Museum opened in 2006 in the footprint of the former skating rink, and the museum’s enclosed courtyard is edged with the skating rink’s original rock wall. The museum houses artifacts and memorabilia, including historic photos of Doling Park, skating costumes, and actual cars from The Mouse and Dodge-Um — two rides from the amusement park.

Regular hours for the Doling Museum are Sundays 1 – 4 p.m., Tuesdays 1 – 5 p.m. and Fridays 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., April through October. Admission is free.

For more information, visit www.parkboard.org/doling_museum or contact the Doling Museum through the Northview Center at 417-837-5808.

For media inquiries, call Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2176 or 417-224-5510.