The City of Branson’s Stockstill Park, located at 524 Stockstill Lane is closed until further notice, due to damage it sustained by flash flood waters from nearby Roark Creek.
Floodwaters from Roark creek have left debris and rock scattered throughout the park. Park crews will start immediately cleaning up debris to restore access to the walking path and playground. The tennis courts and dog park were not affected by flooding and will remain open. The youth soccer practices that are being held at Stockstill Park will be moved to the Branson RecPlex. Park staff hopes to reopen the park the first week in November.
The park has been affected by flooding many times over the past years, most recently in May of 2019. Each time, City officials look for ways to lessen the park’s risk of damage and continue to look for options for the park’s future.
“Because the park is prone to flood damage, we have had to remove elements such as softball fields and playgrounds in recent years,” said Branson Parks & Recreation Director Cindy Shook. Shook says that she believes this trend will continue. “This park is changing due to repetitive flooding and we will need to continue to adapt with it. We have seen changes to how the park is being utilized, and some of it is exciting as the focal point has now become the connected trials, access to the creek and open green spaces for people to enjoy,” said Shook.
To find out more about Stockstill Park’s features, and Branson’s 16 other parks, 5 trails and 7 walking paths, visit our website here: https://bransonparksandrecreation.com/647/Parks-Trails