Coronavirus

Social Distancing in Parks

Springfield’s stay-home order includes an exception "to engage in outdoor activity," specifically "biking, walking, hiking or running."

To help keep our community active and provide a break from staying home, outdoor parks, trails and golf courses are open. Playgrounds, high-density areas and most Parks buildings are closed. A complete list is here.

Be smart: stay six feet away from anyone you meet, do not gather in groups, cover your cough or sneeze, and if you’re sick, please stay home. We need everyone’s help making sure our parks and trails stay safe!

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, outdoor open spaces and trails are open, although playgrounds are closed. The City of Springfield’s Stay Home Order allows for outdoor activities, provided people stay 6 feet from others and don’t gather in groups (Section III, A., 1., c.)


The decision to close playgrounds was made in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Playgrounds are very popular areas, and it’s difficult for kids and parents to practice social distancing and avoid groups there. The virus can also live on hard surfaces like plastic and metal, and it’s impractical to insure these surfaces in playgrounds are disinfected.

Yes, the Park Board’s golf courses are open, with modified operations designed in cooperation with the Springfield-Greene County Health Department. Players must practice social distancing. Online tee time booking is encouraged at ParkBoardGolf.org. Payment by phone with card or patron member account is recommended, but not required. Staff has implemented expedited check-in. Staff will not pair players who are not already together. Tee times are currently spaced 15-18 minutes apart. Pencils and scorecards are by request only, and are discarded if left on carts. Walking and individual carts are encouraged, and each golf cart is disinfected before and after use. Players are asked not to touch or remove flags, and all ball washers, rakes and water jugs have been removed from the course. Access to the Pro Shop and driving range is limited. Concessions are carry-out only.

Fishing is still allowed at these locations, provided people stay 6 feet from others and don’t gather in groups. Rutledge-Wilson is catch-and-release only. MDC has made an announcement about fishing licenses.

Yes, outdoor open spaces are open, including the disc golf courses. Players must stay 6 feet from others and avoid gathering in groups.

Yes, outdoor tennis courts are open, including Perry Courts, Meador, Gillenwaters, Nichols and neighborhood parks. Players must stay 6 feet from others and avoid gathering in groups.