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IMAGES: Branson's Stockstill Park Reopens After Floods

Credit City of Branson
Flooded Stockstill Park in July

Branson’s Stockstill Park has reopened to the public.  The park sustained heavy damage on July 2 and July 7 by flash flood waters from nearby Roark Creek and had been closed since then.  But Wednesday the public was once again able to use the facility.

According to Parks & Recreation Director Cindy Shook, the playground, walking trails, picnic areas and restrooms are ready for public access. 

She said, “the flood happened during our busy summer season, so it has taken a while to cleanup and restore the park.”  Park officials have planted grass seed and added mulch and landscaping, she said. 

Area girls high school tennis teams helped to open the park with a tournament there, including teams from Springfield's Central High School, Ozark and Logan-Rogersville.

Work is ongoing.  According to Shook, “the fencing on the ballfields is still being repaired and we are waiting for new picnic tables to arrive for the pavilion.”  Pavilion reservations continue to be on hold until the new picnic tables arrive. 

Volunteer groups helped with the park’s restoration. 

Michele Skalicky has worked at KSMU since the station occupied the old white house at National and Grand. She enjoys working on both the announcing side and in news and has been the recipient of statewide and national awards for news reporting. She likes to tell stories that make a difference. Michele enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking, camping and leisurely kayaking.