Monday, March 23, 2009

Springfield-Greene County Park Board Wants you to Know about Job Openings; Activities

Now that we've hit spring, and summer months lie ahead, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board wants to make the public aware of some fun activities available to you and your families.

The City of Springfield also announced the Park Board is taking applications for seasonal jobs. The City's news release directs those interested in the jobs to, "Visit the “Employment” tab on the homepage of for a link to position descriptions."

The following events and activities are copied and pasted straight from the City's news release:

Cruse Dog Park
Warmer weather brings more opportunities to spend time outdoors with your four-legged friends. Springfield’s only off-leash dog park is open year-round. Annual registration of $25 per dog is required. The site includes a six-acre off-leash park; 1.5-acre fenced area for small dogs and a 4.5-acre area for larger dogs. For registration information, visit or call the Dog Park Hotline at (417) 864-1404.

Make Your Own Kite and Kite Safety Clinic
Gain basic, simple, inexpensive Kite Making & Safety Skills from 9 a.m. – noon, Saturday, March 21, at the Tom Watkins Center/Park, 2100 W. High St. For $3 per person, participants aged seven to adult can make a kite. Call (417) 833-8647 or (417) 833-8923.

Cave Tours
12:30 – 4:30 p.m., March 22 & 29
11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., March 28 & April 4
Guided float inside Sequiota Park Cave, 3500 S. Lone Pine Ave. Learn the cave’s history and about its species of endangered bats. Call (417) 833-8647.

Twilight Walks ‘N Owls
6 – 8 p.m., March 24 & 26
Guided walks around the one-mile loop trail at the Valley Water Mill Park, 2300 E. Valley Water Mill Road, with turkey and owl calling. The Dickerson Park Zoo will have owls on-site from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Call (417) 833-8647.

Women’s History Month Luncheon & Fashion Presentation
A women’s luncheon will take place at 11:30 a.m., Wed., March 25, at the Northview Center, 301 E. Talmage St. Guest speaker Dianna Liermann will share her insights on women, aging, and the humor behind it all. Marie Alberti is the featured musical entertainment on keyboard. The seniors will present traditional clothing fashions from the decades as part of the event. Door prizes will be given out. Tickets are available at the door for $6. Call (417) 837-5808 for more information.

Cherry Blossom Kite Festival
Bring your own kite and join the fun from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden in Nathanael Green/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., for the season opening of the Stroll Garden. Admission to the kite festival is free for all ages. Call (417) 864-1191 for more information.

Dance, Yoga & Tae Kwon Do Classes Starting
The next sessions of Beginning and Advanced Tae Kwon Do, Yoga, Power Yoga, Ballet & Modern Hip Hop classes begin later this month and early April at Doling Family Center. Visit page eight of the current issue of the Park Bench publication at for more information. Call (417) 837-5900.

Basic Canoe and Kayaking Skills Clinics and Floats will take place at Lake Springfield, 2312 E. Lake Springfield Park Road. Fees are $25/Kayak; $35/Canoe. Ages 5 yrs. – adult are invited to learn basic canoeing and kayaking safety skills. Call (417) 833-8647 or (417) 833-8923 for more information.
Kayak: 9 a.m. – Noon; Apr. 1
Canoe: 9 a.m. – Noon; Apr. 11
1:30 – 4:30 p.m.; Apr. 19 & 26

Doling Museum Opens
The Doling Park Museum opens for the season on Sunday, April 5. The Museum is open from 1 – 5 p.m., Sundays; 2 – 6 p.m., Tuesdays; and 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fridays. Call (417) 837-5808.

Easter Activities

Easter Egg Hunt: Noon – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 4, Doling Park, 301 E. Talmage. Call (417) 864-1049.

Easter at the Farm: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, April 11, Rutledge-Wilson Farm Community Park, 3825 W. Farm Road 146. Call (417) 837-5949 for activities and pricing.

Enrichment EGGstravaganza: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday, April 11, Dickerson Park Zoo, 1401 W. Norton Road. Call (417) 864-1800.
General admission rates apply


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