Springfield’s Park Day reunion returns after a two-year hiatus


With several special events in the coming weeks, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board has a little something for everyone to finish out summer with some fun.

Park Board Public Information Administrator Jenny Edwards said the main event is already underway with Park Day, which is happening through Sunday.

“The big day is Saturday,” Edwards told the News-Leader about the upcoming parade, picnic and car show at Silver Springs Park. “We’re just happy to see the event return. It was tough on everyone to cancel it for two years in a row, and we’re just really glad that it’s come back.”

The park is one of the city’s 10 historic parks, with each dating back before World War II. Silver Springs was established in Springfield in 1918. During segregation, Silver Springs was the city’s only public park designated for Black residents and sports leagues, including visiting baseball teams, according to the Park Board.

Park Day Reunion Aug. 4-7

This year’s theme for Park Day is “Reunited… Together Again,” hosted by the Springfield Reunion Club and in partnership with the Park Board.

The annual Park Day Reunion will be at Silver Springs Park, 1100 N. Hampton, as well as other locations around the area through August 7.

“We are excited to be reunited and back together again,” said Nora England, president of the Springfield Reunion Club, via news release. “The Reunion Club looks forward to seeing everyone.”

The schedule includes:

Friday, Aug. 5

  • 8 pm Hospitality, featuring DJ Feddi, at the Oasis Hotel and Convention Center. Admission $15/Age 12 and up, $5/Ages 4-11 yrs., kids age 3 and under are free.

Saturday, Aug. 6

  • 7 a.m. Golf 2-Man Scramble, Island Green Golf Course, 169 Country Club Dr., Republic, Mo. Contact Johnny Huddleston, 816-223-7405.
  • 9 a.m. Bowling Tournament at Sunshine Lanes, 1500 W. Sunshine St. Contact Sunshine Lanes, 417-866-7246 or visit the Facebook event.
  • 12 pm Park Day Reunion Parade at Silver Springs Park, sponsored by the Ladies Civic League and the NAACP. Contact Charmaine Huddleston, 417-425-9355, or Michele Wilson Johnson, 417-849-0948.
  • 1 pm Park Day Car Show at Silver Springs Park, west of Timmons Hall. Free entry, prizes will be awarded, contact Wally Ransom, 417-766-6479.
  • 1-4 pm Story-Telling Exhibits at Timmons Hall in Silver Springs Park.
  • 1-6:30 pm Discount swimming at Silver Springs Pool, admission is $1 or free with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest.
  • 1:30-4 pm Park Day Reunion Picnic at Silver Springs Park pavilion, pre-packaged side donations accepted, everyone is welcome.
  • 9 pm-1 am Park Day Dance, featuring The Full Flava Kings from Tulsa, Ok., at the Lamplighter Inn, 2820 N. Glenstone Ave.

Sunday, Aug. 7

  • Morning worship at various churches.
  • 7 am Golf 2-Man Best Ball at Deer Lake Golf Course, 5544 MO 266. Contact Johnny Huddleston, 816-223-7405.
  • 1-6:30 pm Discount swimming at Silver Springs Pool, admission is $1 or free with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest.
  • 3:30 pm Praise in the Park Gospel music concert at Silver Springs Park. Contact Samuel Timmerman 870-882-6696.

For information about the Park Day Reunion, visit the Springfield Reunion Club Facebook page.

Other August events to keep in mind include:

Read more about upcoming outdoor initiatives on the Park Board’s website.

Paul Boeckmann and Megan McVay paddle their rented kayaks in Lake Springfield on Thursday, April 15, 2021. Bass Pro Shops donated more than $27,000 to the Springfield Greene County Park Board to purchase 40 kayaks and for other outdoor initiatives.

Sara Karnes is an Outdoors Reporter with the Springfield News-Leader. Follow along with her adventures on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Karnes. Got a story to tell? Email here at skarnes@springfi.gannett.com.

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