SPRINGFIELD, Mo.–The Springfield Boathouse and the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will open up Saturday, April 1 for the season.
Beginning this year, both attraction will be open until October 31, three months longer than previous years.
“We are really excited to expand the boat rental season an additional three months,” said Matt Coats, Superintendent of Special Facilities for the Park Board. “Lake Springfield is a great spot for canoe and kayak enthusiasts. And paddleboards are becoming more and more popular here, so we have added three of those to our fleet.”
Canoes, single and tandem kayaks, and new this year, paddleboards are available to rent for paddling the James River Water Trail on Lake Springfield.
Boat rentals are available 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays (boats must be returned one hour prior to close.) Rentals fees are $10/boat for an hour or $30/boat for four hours and include life jackets and paddles. Renters must be age 18 or older, and all children must be accompanied by an adult.
The Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden will be open daily, April 1-September 30, 10 a.m.- 7 p.m.; and October 1-31, 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden admission is $3/adults, free for kids age 12 and under and for members of Friends of the Garden. Admission is free all day Sat., April 22, as part of the Cherry Blossom Kite and Piñata Festival.
Created in 1985, Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden is the oldest attraction at Springfield Botanical Gardens in Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Park, 2400 S. Scenic Ave. The 7.5-acre walled garden includes a large koi lake, moon bridge, meditation garden, teahouse and traditional Japanese garden landscaping.
(City of Springfield Park Board edited news release)