Where and When to Stay Cool in Springfield-Greene County

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A heat wave will bring dangerous outdoor temperatures and conditions to the Ozarks this week. The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has offered this information on stay cool during the hottest part of the afternoon.


When scheduling allows, the Park Board  strives to keep at least one outdoor pool open late during Heat Advisories, including:

  • Wednesday, July 19, Westport Pool, 3100 W. Mt. Vernon St., is open until 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, July 20, Silver Springs Pool, 1100 N. Hampton Ave., is open until 8 p.m.

Also this weekend, scheduled Splash & Sizzle events keep several outdoor pools open late, including:

  • Friday and Saturday, July 21-22, (and all Fridays and Saturdays in July) Grant Beach Pool, 1300 N. Grant Ave.; Westport Pool, 3100 W. Mt. Vernon St.; and Silver Springs Pools, 1100 N. Hampton Ave., are open until 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22, (and all  Saturdays in July) Meador Pool, 2500 S. Fremont, is open until 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 22, (and all  Saturdays in July) Fassnight Pool, 1300 S. Campbell, is open until 10 p.m.

Normal outdoor pool hours are 1-6:30 p.m. daily, with each pool closed one day a week for maintenance.

Regular outdoor pool admission is $2.50/youth and seniors, $3/adults, 1-5:30 p.m. Admission drops to $1 or free with a canned food donation every day, 5:30 at p.m., and that discount rate is also extended to close when pools are open late. Food donations benefit Ozarks Food Harvest.

For information on pool locations, schedules, swim lessons and more, visit ParkBoard.org/Aquatics or call the Aquatics Hotline at 417-864-2099.


All three Springfield-Greene County Park Board Family Centers, as well as Mediacom Ice Park, open their lobbies as free public cooling centers during Heat Advisories. All lobbies have seating, restroom access and air conditioning. No formal programming is planned. Family Center locations and lobby hours are:

  • Monday-Friday, 5 a.m.- 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.
  • Chesterfield Family Center, 2511 W. Republic Road, 417-891-1616
  • Dan Kinney Family Center, 2701 S. Blackman Road, 417-891-1500
  • Doling Family Center, 301 E Talmage Ave., 417-837-5900

Mediacom Ice Park’s location and lobby hours vary, but are generally:

  • 735 E. Trafficway, 417-866-7444
  • Daily 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


To ensure patron safety, the Springfield Skate Park operates on a modified schedule during Heat Advisories and anytime the facility’s indoor temperature reaches 95 degrees. The indoor portion of the Skate Park is not air conditioned, and the outdoor portion is not shaded. High-temperature operating hours are:

  • Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, 5-9 p.m.
  • Friday, 7-11 p.m.
  • Saturday 10 a.m.-2 p.m., 7-11 p.m.
  • Closed Monday

The Springfield Skate Park is at 945 W. Meadowmere St., 417-868-8158

For more information, visit ParkBoard.org

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