Park Day Reunion returns to Springfield after a two-year hiatus

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SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (KY3) – The Springfield Reunion Club is bringing the annual Park Day Reunion back to Silver Springs Park and other nearby locations through August 7.

The main goal is to reunite friends and family from Springfield and the country. The events taking place this weekend are organized by the Springfield Reunion Club and in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. This year’s theme is “Reunited…Together Again”, meaning the reunion is finally returning after COVID concerns led to the cancellation of 2020 and 2021 events.

Stage that will be used by several churches to sing gospel music during Sunday festivities.(KY3)

Nora England, the president of the Springfield Reunion Club, said once the club announced the reunion was scheduled for 2022, they received a lot of positive feedback.

“They are delighted to be back,” England said. “Some of them are driving, flying, arriving by bus or train, and they are happy to spend the whole weekend here.”

England said Saturday would be their busiest day for activities as the first event will start at 7am and the last will end at 1am. If you want a full list of this weekend’s festivities, visit the Park website.

England say the Park Day Reunion Parade on Saturday at noon will be a party no one will want to miss.

“We’ll have lots of cars, we’ll have people walking and kids walking in the parade,” England said. “We will also have various organizations in the parade. It’s exciting.”

England said they expected around 900 people to attend this weekend.

Springfield Reunion Club member Cheryl Clay said the Park Day Reunion has been around for many years and it’s an event people can’t wait to attend.

“Even when I moved out and came back to Springfield, I always made sure to schedule my vacation to coincide with Park Day and this weekend,” Clay said. “People still do that. They plan their trips and family reunions around the first weekend in August.

According to the park’s website, Silver Springs Park was established in 1918 on land known as the old Fairbanks Pasture and was later named for an on-site spring that empties into Jordan Creek. Silver Springs was the city’s only public park for black residents during segregation.

Clay said this weekend’s reunion festivities will highlight the park’s history and continue well-known traditions.

“You see people you grew up with that you don’t normally see,” Clay said. “It’s just a tradition, a tradition that the African-American community has clung to and that we continue to have every year.”

Sunday events will include morning worship at various churches, discounted golf and swimming at the Silver Springs Pool, and the weekend will conclude with a Praise in the Park Gospel music concert.

Clay and England said everyone was welcome. It should not just be members of the neighboring community. If you want a full list of this weekend’s events with times and contact details, visit Park website.

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