Springfield isn’t the only city in the region that has a host of parks to visit and explore. Bolivar is home to six parks and each has its own history and offers a variety of activities. The next time you have a full, sunny afternoon blocked off your calendar, visit the city’s most popular park, Dunnegan Memorial Park. Its 44 acres offer visitors plenty of activities including multiple playgrounds, one of which was made for children with disabilities, a small lake, a walking trail that’s just over a mile, a path for cross-country runners, seasonal restrooms, a few pavilions, picnic tables and barbecue grills.
While there, visitors should scout out the many QR codes posted around the park. Using a smartphone, these codes give visitors information on the various vegetation species growing on the property. Besides the fauna, visitors also frequent the park for a chance to see a swan or peacock. In fact, Tracy Slagle, city administrator for the City of Bolivar, says the peacocks are so prevalent in the area that occasionally, the city accepts bids for people to take a few home with them.