Recreation, parks prove a big draw for Springfield

A combination of public and private support for parks, trails, and sports contribute to a strong recreational foundation. But balancing funding with other community needs remains a challenge.

Residents and visitors agree: one of the best things about Springfield is its parks, trails, and sports and recreation opportunities. With more than 100 sites, Springfield parks offer 3 million visitors a year the chance to experience everything from aquatics to Dickerson Park Zoo.





Community collaboration and volunteer support
Trails and connections
Economic impact

Preserving green space
Parks funding

The following indicators have been identified as instrumental to the Red Flags and Blue Ribbons listed in this section of the 2017 Community Focus Report. Click on an indicator to learn more about the topic.

Recreation and Fitness Facility Access


Physical Inactivity



Walking or Biking to Work

Access to Exercise Opportunities


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