The City of Branson has closed Stockstill Park due to flooding. According to Branson Parks and Recreation Director Cindy Shook, waters from Roark Creek have washed mulch away from the playground, damaged the asphalt walking path and ball field fences, and has deposited rock, gravel, limbs and other debris throughout the park. The two ball fields and playground are closed, as well as the two larger pavilions adjacent to the ball fields. All pavilion reservations scheduled at Stockstill will be moved to the Branson RecPlex. The section of the Roark Creek Trail that passes through the park will also be closed, including the walking bridge over the creek.
Stockstill Park is expected to remain closed for several weeks for cleanup and restoration which will begin when the threat of flooding has passed. “We hope to schedule a community volunteer cleanup day as we have done in past years for Stockstill Park, and have already received so much support from the caring Branson community for which we are grateful,” said Cindy Shook.
Several additional city parks are currently closed due to flooding. Branson officials have issued the following information about Branson Parks:
• Alexander Park has been closed due to high water in the park.
• North Beach Park (north of Branson Landing) has been closed due to high water in the park.
• The Don Gardner Golf Course is closed due to high water.
• The Branson Community Center will be open limited hours to serve a lunchtime meal only.
• The Branson Lakeside RV Park has been closed and recovery efforts will begin as soon as water subsides.
All residents and visitors are being asked to STAY INFORMED via multiple information resources available through the City of Branson:
1. Social Media – updates will be posted first to City of Branson Facebook pages at www.Facebook.com/CityBranson, www.Facebook.com/BransonMOFireRescue, and then to www.Facebook.com/BransonPolice, and www.Facebook.com/Branson.RecPlex.
2. BransonALERTS now carries the option for users to subscribe to receive updates specific to Lake Taneycomo flooding. This is a free subscription service provided to all community members wherein users can select to receive updates via SMS/Text message to mobile devices, email, and automatic telephone calls. Visit http://mo-branson.civicplus.com/390/Branson-Alerts, then click the “Everbridge” option to get started. Select “Lake Taneycomo Emergencies” to receive flood-related updates.
3. Local media like Hometown Radio 106.3FM will broadcast updates as received from Branson Fire Rescue Emergency Management Division.
4. Residents and businesses are highly encouraged to use a NOAA Weather Radio within their homes or places of business as they continue to be the most reliable source for in-home information, and run on batteries during losses of power.
For more information, contact City of Branson Parks & Recreation Department at: 417.335-2368 or visit us online: www.bransonparksandrecreation.com.
Media inquiries may be directed to Jennifer Langford, City of Branson Communications Manager at JLangford@BransonMO.gov, or via text message at 417.337.0017 throughout the emergency period.
Receive Updates Via Text/SMS and Branson Alerts
The City of Branson provides multiple options for receiving updates via email or Text/SMS messages delivered to mobile devices. Parties may subscribe to receive notifications at: http://mo-branson.civicplus.com/list.aspx.
Those who prefer social media updates may “Follow” @CityOfBranson on Twitter, and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Branson.RecPlex, or www.facebook.com/CityBranson. Media inquiries related to this content may be directed to Jennifer Langford, City of Branson Communications Manager at: JLangford@BransonMO.gov or by calling 417.337.0017.