July Covid 19 Update:
With Covid-19 cases on the rise here in Missouri, The James Foundation is taking further steps to protect our staff and visitors to the park. Beginning Monday July 20, face masks will be required to enter our buildings. This includes the store, museums, office, restrooms, and café (except while eating). Children 5 years old and younger will not be required to wear one. We appreciate your compliance as we get through this difficult time together.
It is with great disappointment we announce the cancellation of Old Iron Works Days for 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and resulting economic recession we believe it is best to limit large events at the park this year. Although our organization weighed the pros and cons of continuing with the event, two issues kept coming to the forefront of discussion.
First, we are very concerned a large gathering of people would be unsafe for our staff and visitors. This spring, The James Foundation was proactive in following CDC and statewide regulations to decrease potential exposure and to help flatten the curve. We were cautious in reopening the park in May, gradually increasing amenities available. How we do business has also changed over the past few months and we continue to adhere to policies that protect our staff and visitors. Our current procedures have been implemented for daily attendances ranging from 200 to 800 people per day. Roughly 5000 people attend OId Iron Works Days each day and we think it is in the best interest of the staff, vendors, entertainers, volunteers, and patrons we postpone this event until next year.
Second, Old Iron Works Days is an expense-laden event for The James Foundation. Due to loss of revenue from the park closure this spring, as well as delays to opening the campground, store, café, and museums we are faced with many budget cuts to finish out the year. On perfect years, with great weather and high attendance, the park sees a small return on investment. The potential for low attendance and an already stressed fiscal budget makes it very risky to pursue large events, such as Old Iron Works Days, this year.
Our hope is to return to hosting special events in 2021. We have plans to offer more opportunities at Maramec Spring Park as well as re-invigorating Old Iron Works Days. Please stay safe and take care of one another during these unprecedented times so we can all celebrate Old Iron Works Days together next year!
June Covid 19 Update:
The Maramec Spring Park Store and Café is now open. We will allow 10 visitors in the building at a time. The Store is open daily in May 5:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and the Café is open Wednesday – Sunday, 7:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Missouri Department of Conservation is stocking fish and you will need a Daily Trout Tag and a Missouri Fishing License to fish at Maramec Spring Park. On June 6th Our Fish Cleaning Stations will be open with reduced limit of 4 per station. Pavilions, campgrounds, museums and fish feeders will also be open. Playgrounds are now open. Please continue to practice social distancing and good hand washing so we can continue to reopen other areas of the park.
We look forward to seeing our Visitors.
-The James Foundation