Whether it's little-known history or well-known attractions, CVB staff members are always learning about the community so we can do a better job of telling visitors about things to see and do in the city.
On Oct. 27, we had the pleasure of exploring Timmons Hall and Silver Springs Park with Christine Peoples, education coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board.
Silver Springs Park was the only park the black community was allowed to use during segregation. The park, established in 1918, is the main site of the annual Park Day Reunion, an event the first weekend in August that draws African-Americans and others to the city for celebration and activities. Park Day has taken place annually since it was established in 1952 as a day of games and sports for local black residents.
Timmons Hall was once a church attended by people in the black community. Relocated in 2015 from its original site 800 feet from where it now stands in the park, the beautiful stone building serves as an event facility for historical, cultural and educational programs.
Silver Springs Park has a playground, picnic pavilion, swimming pool, ball field, basketball and tennis courts and Timmons Hall. The Jordan Creek Greenway connects the park to Smith Park and Jordan Valley Park.
Attractions and businesses that want to suggest a tour for the CVB staff should reach out to Tonia Castaneda, finance and administration director at the bureau, at 417-881-5300, ext. 121, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Christine Peoples, education coordinator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, shares information about the role of Timmons Hall and Silver Springs Park in the city's African-American history.