Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Grant Beach Pool
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Grant Beach Pool in Springfield will remain closed for at least a few more days.

The closure follows a string of mechanical problems with the pool’s main filter pump.

According to a release from the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the pump quit working last week.  

A new pump was ordered and installed, but during a routine check, staff learned the new pump was not working either.

A third pump has been ordered.  The earliest date the Grant Beach Pool could open is June 7th, according to the Park Board.

Michele Skalicky

Sequiota Park, off Lone Pine Ave. in southeast Springfield, is a popular place to walk, bike or just hang out.  But in the summer, algae blooms on the lake can make the experience not-so-pleasant.

"The unsightliness of the algae just really detracts from what would otherwise be just a nice scenic view of some nice clear water," said assistant director of Springfield-Greene County Parks, Miles Park.

Michele Skalicky

Mary Kromrey has been on the job as head of Ozark Greenways for a few months now.  She took over the job of executive director from long-time leader, Terry Whaley, who retired. And she’s excited to see the organization continue to expand its approximately 73 ½ miles of trails, 35 of which are the Frisco-Highline Trail from Springfield to Bolivar.  

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board will hire nearly 400 people for the summer season, which typically runs from April to September.  It’s partnering with the Missouri Career Center for a job fair next week.  Applicants will be able to meet with supervisors, learn about various jobs and apply on site or online.

Summer jobs range from entry-level cashiers to skilled drivers and maintenance workers.  The park board hires workers as young as 14, and hours range from a few hours to 40 a week. 

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You’ll now be able to drink alcoholic beverages in nine Springfield-Greene County Park Board facilities. 

Springfield City Council Monday approved an amendment in city code removing the restriction of alcohol in public parks.  Alcohol is still prohibited in 95 parks locations after the Springfield-Greene County Park Board approved a new park regulation prior to City Council’s vote.