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As Temperatures Soar, Springfield-Greene County Park Board Offers Options For Cooling Off

Springfield-Greene County Park Board

Much of the Ozarks is under a heat advisory again Thursday.  And the Springfield-Greene County Park Board is offering some options for staying cool.

During heat advisories, heat relief areas are open during normal business hours at these locations:

  • Jordan Valley Ice Park, 635 E. Trafficway, 417-866-7444
  • Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Rd., 417-891-1616
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Rd., 417-891-1500
  • Doling Family Center, 310 E. Talmage St., 417-837-5900

Capacity is limited, according to the Park Board. Chairs are provided, but they must remain spaced 6 feet apart to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   No programming is planned for heat relief areas.
Another Park Board option for staying cool is the Ozark Stream and Fountains at Jordan
Valley Park.  The stream runs continuously throughout the day.  The fountain show takes place every hour on the hour from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. for about 30 minutes.  The fountain runs continuously 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 

Indoor pools are open at Doling and Chesterfield family centers, and there is an admission fee. 

For more information, ParkBoard.org/Aquatics.

All visitors to any facility, park or trail are asked to keep a minimum six-foot distance from others, make sure they wash their hands frequently, avoid touching their faces, cover any coughs or sneezes, and they should stay home if they are sick, according to the Park Board.  Take your own water bottle.

Learn more about Park Board facilities here.  

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.