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Only licensed staff may serve alcohol in parks, at certain locations. Park Board staff may serve alcohol at these locations:
Alcohol is prohibited in any park not listed above. In addition, no alcohol is allowed at School-Parks, youth sports events, family-themed events, neighborhood parks, playgrounds, pools and picnic pavilions, except where noted above.
No. You may not bring any alcohol onto any park property. Alcohol may be served only by Park Board staff or licensed caterers.
You must have an approved facility rental booking, a Parks Alcohol Permit, an insured caterer with a liquor license and Springfield business license, a $1 million General Liability Insurance certificate, a $1 million Alcohol Liability Insurance certificate, and event security.
Costs may vary. This is a base estimate:
Start by inquiring with your chosen facility, to check available rental dates.
The facility manager will help guide you through the rest of the process, including applications and approval. You must provide details about your caterer on the application. All required documents and fees, including permit, booking and security, must be submitted at least 30 days before the event. Weekend dates book up quickly, and some details may take you several days to determine. Start your process early.
Only a caterer with a Missouri liquor license and Springfield business license may serve alcohol. You must book your own caterer for these locations.
No, not unless they are employed by your caterer and covered by your caterer’s insurance and liquor license.
Yes, but the type of alcohol served at your event is defined by your caterer’s liquor license.
Purchase general liability and alcohol liability insurance through the insurance carrier of your choice. Ask your insurance company, or purchase insurance through the City of Springfield TULIP (Tenant Users Liability Insurance Policy) Program.
The Park Board contracts with a private security company.
If you cancel your event 30 or more days before the event date, the Park Board will provide a 50-percent refund of facility booking fees, the Parks Alcohol Permit and security fees. If you cancel your event fewer than 30 days of the event date, no refunds will be made. Plan carefully before booking an event.
Please plan carefully for how your event will cope with weather. For outdoor events, ask park's staff about booking tents. In the event of severe weather, Parks staff will be glad to assist and try to make accommodations. However, no refunds will be made due to weather.
The classroom is $50/hour with a 2 hour minimum. This includes staff cleaning and setting up before and after your rental.
The set up includes 6 tables with 6 chairs around each, and 1 extra table for food and presents.
You are able to show up 30 minutes prior to your rental time to decorate and get ready, but we ask that you are out as close to your ending time as possible as we have to clean and set up for the next rental so they can show up 30 minutes prior as well.
We have 6 time slots to choose from each weekend. They are 9-11 a.m., 12-2 p.m., and 3-5 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday.
You are able to rent longer than a 2 hour time window with the Farm Park Coordinators approval.
It is NOT available on the weekends in October. We have our Harvest Fest event every weekend and will be using the classroom for that.
Bounce House: We set up the bounce house. It is $35/hour with a 2 hour minimum. These 2 hours don't have to be the same 2 hours that you have the classroom rented for. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or wind speeds exceed 15 mph, it is not safe and won't be set up.
Cow Train: We provide staff to drive the cow train around the farm. It is $50/hour with a 1 hour minimum. This is a weather depending item. If it is raining or really cold it can't be rented.
There are many different activities to do that are free on a normal day. We have a farm-themed playground to play on, pedal tractors to ride, animals to see and pet, a pond to fish in (has a small fee), shop around in the Gift Shop, and antique tractors to take pictures on. We also have Wilson's Creek Walking Trail that makes up the northern border of our property to walk on. Or you could bring a kite, blanket, and picnic basket and sit and have a picnic, or bring a team of people and play ball games.
It costs $5.50/pole to go fishing. That includes your pole, bait, and tackle. You can also bring your own pole, bait, and tackle; we just ask that you still pay a $2 fee. Extra bait costs $2. No fishing license is required because it is catch and release fishing only. Ages 5 and under are free with a paid adult. The pond is open from April-October.
We have the pond stocked with largemouth bass, hybrid bluegill, and channel catfish.
If the weather is nice, the animals will be out in their corrals just east of the big animal barn. You can watch them play and pet them, but we ask that you do not feed them.
Admission is always FREE. There is only a small fee for the activities during a festival, to fish in the pond, and to purchase items from the gift shop.