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Splash Pads at Ruth Elizabeth and Barrows Park Reopen

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The City of Springfield Parks Department announced today that construction and maintenance of the splash pads at Ruth Elizabeth Park and Barrows Park has been completed and that they are now open.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno states, “I want to thank Patrick Sullivan, Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management (PBRM) and the dedicated team at our Parks Department for their efforts in getting our splash pads at Ruth Elizabeth Park and Barrows Park turned back on.  Summer is here and all of our splash pads are open and ready for our children and families to enjoy and beat the heat this summer. From our splash pads and aquatics programs to our Concerts and Movies in the Park, and our open gym programs – we hope residents will take advantage and have some summer fun!”

PBRM Director Sullivan stated, “We are very proud of our beautiful parks and love to see families utilizing splash pads and pools during the summer. I am forever grateful to our dedicated Parks staff who make these programs possible. Make sure to check our website for information about our Summer Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park, our Summer Aquatics Program, and other summer activities. On behalf of the Parks Department, we wish everyone a wonderful, safe, and healthy summer.”

As a reminder, the city’s Summer Aquatics season began on Saturday, July 1st and ends Saturday, August 12th.  City residents will have an opportunity to swim all summer-long for free at Forest Park Pool. The pool will be open every day of the week from 11:00 am – 6:30 pm. All pool users must have a valid pool pass.

Please note, no pool pass, or identification is required for use of splash pads. Pool passes are free and if you have access to a computer, you can go to to register for a pass. No computer access, the Aquatics team will also be issuing pool passes everyday this summer at Cyr Arena, right next to Forest Park Pool, from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. If you do not have access to a computer, simply come to Forest Park, and the aquatic staff will register you and your family for your pool pass. Please be aware that our Aquatics team is working to accommodate the entire city, so waiting lines might be cut early to ensure that they finish pool pass registration on time each day.  For Aquatics related questions please call the Aquatics Director at (413) 787-6298.

For more information on all summer programs, please visit the Department of Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Management website at

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