SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A ceremonial groundbreaking will be held for the construction of a new trail along the Jordan Creek in Springfield’s West Meadows.
The groundbreaking is being held by the city of Springfield and Ozark Greenways’ at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, November 7.
The trail will span 2,900 feet from just west of Grant Avenue to Fort Avenue and will be a part of the vast Ozarks Greenways’ network of 73 miles of greenways, and 81 miles of on-street bike routes.
The construction of the trail is being made possible thanks to a $250,000 Recreational Trails program grant from the Missouri Department of natural Resources. A 20 percent required match will be provided through the 1/8-cent Transportation Sales Tax Alternative Transportation Program.
“Trail networks connect and enhance communities and are a way to spur economic development, create a robust transportation network, and improve our quality of life,” says Ozark Greenways, Inc. Executive Director Mary Kromrey. “This project is a key next step in closing the gaps in the Jordan Creek Greenway trail. This trail will one day be over seven miles long and will provide connections to downtown, neighborhoods, parks, and countless other destinations.”
Wednesday’s ceremony is the culmination of a day-long visit by EPA Region 7 Director Jim Gulliford and other EPA officials to visit brownfields clean-up sites and environmental projects in Springfield.