1. View our Summer Camp Guide

    Click the link to leaf through our Summer Camp Guide with details on camp schedules, themes and more!

SPARC (School-Parks Are Reaching Communities) is a partnership between the Springfield-Greene County Park Board and Springfield Public Schools, promoting opportunities for youth and families through after-school and recreational enrichment, summer camps, intramural sports and more. Most SPARC programs are conducted at school-park sites. Scholarships may be available. Visit for details.

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SPARC offers sports leagues in basketball, soccer and volleyball. Visit our sports page for information and registration forms on current leagues offered.

Now Hiring

SPARC is now hiring for the 2021-2022 school year. Positions include Site Directors, Program Assistants and Academic Coordinators for before- and after-school programs, and support staff for SPARC Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball leagues. Apply at Select SPARC Youth Before- and After-School Programs.
Position details here.

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    Before and After School Programs

    SPARC Before and After School Program is a licensed child care program that provides a great opportunity for your child to learn and grow both before and after school through a variety of clubs, sports, enrichment activities, homework help, and mentoring. The program provides:

    • Snack Time: A healthy after school snack and 100% Juice are provided.
    • Social Time: A chance for friends to catch up, talk about their day, and unwind.
    • Games and Activities: Every day provides a different activity, or choice of activities that work on a core physical, mental, or enrichment element. SPARC focuses on teamwork, sportsmanship, strategy, critical thinking, and more!
    • Homework Time: We give the students a chance to work on any homework from the day, study for any tests, or ask the staff for any specific help with an assignment.
    • Special Events: Movies, pizza parties, and cookouts!

    Important documents:

    Grades K-6
    6:30 a.m.-School Begins; School dismissal-6 p.m.
    Harrison, Truman, Watkins, Wilson's Creek, Carver, Cherokee, Pipkin (a.m. only), Pleasant View, Westport
    $25-45/Week; Scholarships may be available*.

    *In order to reserve a spot for the program, our registration software will require a credit card to be entered and placed on file, however your card will not be charged if you submit your child’s Free and Reduced Lunch Letter to us before August 5th, 2022. You can send a copy of your child’s 2022-2023 Free and Reduced Lunch Letter to email address:, or drop the physical letter to our office at 300 E. Harrison St., Springfield, MO, 65802 during business hours.

    If you are needing a new copy of your Free and Reduced Lunch Letter, please reach out to SPS Nutrition Services at: 417-523-1130.

    If your child’s 2022-23 Free and Reduced Lunch Letter is not received by August 5th, we cannot guarantee the card on file will not be charged. The first automatic payment is scheduled for 12:00am on Wednesday August 17. The card will be charged at 12:00am the Wednesday prior to each week the child is enrolled until the FRL is received and processed (5-7 business days) in order to determine eligibility for the SHINE Program.


  2. Ritter Springs Challenge Program

    The Ritter Springs Challenge program will inspire your team to effectively communicate, support each other, solve problems together, and develop stronger relationships. Individually, we will build everyone's self-confidence, awareness of strengths and limitations, trust, stress management skills, and respect for each other. The highlight of our program is our Challenge Course set in the quiet and natural setting of the 245-acre Ritter Springs Park. Our Challenge Course provides a low risk, but challenging element to our teambuilding program that will have your group walking cable ropes, negotiating obstacles, and balancing on elements built close to the ground. Call to schedule for your team or group 874-2412

     View Participant Information Letter | View Registration Form | View Liability Waiver and Medical Release Form 

    Ages 5 yrs. and up
    By appointment, year-round
    Time varies, call for details
    $50 non-refundable deposit
    $15/ person for 3-hour session
    $25/ person for 6-hour session

  3. Art-C Sculpt

    Don't miss out on the Art-C fun this summer! Join us for two separate art masterpieces. No experience required as we take you step-by-step to take home your very own work of art. Register in advance. View flyer.

    5-14 yrs.
    Mon., June 6, 11
    9:30-11:30 a.m.
    Wanda Gray Elementary
    $30/Child; Scholarships may be available.

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Effective July 1, 2017, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board shall discontinue accepting Electronic Checks as a payment option for program payments. Credit card & debit cards will continue to be accepted.

For those patrons paying by credit card or debit card: Should funds not be available during the withdrawal process the $20 insufficient funds fee will be assessed and due at the time of payment failure and will be collected with any outstanding program fees. Program privileges will be suspended until all delinquent fees, charges and costs are paid in full. We apologize for any inconvenience. If you have any additional questions, please see the Administrator or Coordinator.