Springfield’s two indoor aquatic centers continue their regular daily schedule after reopening in May, but it’s the last weekend of the summer for outdoor swimming at Fassnight Pool, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s largest outdoor pool.
Fassnight is the only full-sized outdoor Park Board pool that was open this summer amid the pandemic.
Fassnight is open to the public from 1-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. On Sunday and Monday, said Park Board spokesperson Jenny Fillmer Edwards, folks can take advantage of the “Splash & Sizzle” program, offering discounted $1 admission, or free with a canned food donation for Ozarks Food Harvest.
Attendance at Fassnight and the Mcgee-McGregor Wading Pool was “way down” this summer, Edwards said, due to the pandemic and spotty weather following a rainy spring.
“We’d been anticipating hitting capacity, since we were operating with reduced capacity at Fassnight, and we were ready to turn people away at the gate when we hit capacity, but we only had to do that one or two times over the summer,” Edwards said.
Despite the pandemic, the annual Dog Swim tradition is still happening on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The final day to register online at parkboard.org/dogswim is Monday. Registration closes at 5 p.m.
“Dog Swim was never off,” Edwards said. Advance registration is required so the Park Board can stagger Dog Swim admission into two sessions, keeping it from getting too crowded both in the pool and in line outside of the event. A copy of a current vaccination certificate is required, and humans are required to wear masks at the Dog Swim.
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With many entertainment options off the table due to stay-at-home orders and physical distancing this year, Edwards said Park Board outdoor facilities like parks and trails had an “immediate jump” in attendance beginning in the spring.
“We look at parking lot counts and we look at the amount of trash we were picking up,” she said. “Based on those two vectors we determined our parks attendance was two to three times more than normal for that time of year.”
Now that “reopening” is well underway, Edwards said that use of parks, trails and public golf courses has remained “very strong” with Springfield-area residents.
“It’s something people feel safe doing,” she said. “Oftentimes, you may not see another person or be very close to another person for an hour while on the trails.”
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