Three years after the Snyder Park Golf Course in Springfield closed, the footprint of the 18-hole course is still plainly visible, the trees are still tall and the grass is still growing and green, although not nearly as manicured.
Declining golf revenue and a tight budget led the National Trail Parks and Recreation District to cease golf operations at Snyder in 2014 and keep its other course, Reid Park Golf Course, open.
But new things have happened at Snyder Park since the loss of the links. A new dog park called Central Bark has been built on one corner of the former golf course with donated money from veterinarian Dr. Dana King.
HOW SNYDER PARK IS TRANSFORMING
» Snyder sprayground added to former golf course
» Snyder Park transforming after $1.9M in upgrades
» Transformation details revealed in 2015
» Master Gardeners moving learning gardens
» New parks opened on the former golf course
A river of daffodils wraps around the former clubhouse that was built in 1937, and the Clark County Master Gardeners Club is working on a five-acre parcel of the 25-acre garden area set aside by the parks district.
Although golf is no longer played in the park, its mature trees and rolling landscape make it a pleasant hiking area.