Tom Watkins Park to Welcome new Additions

SPRINGFIELD, Mo- Tom Watkins Park in Springfield is now full of new changes.

A ribbon cutting will be held at the park Thursday evening at 7:30 to unveil the new changes.  

The park improvements include:

  • New restrooms, adjacent to the park’s pavilion. 
  • New 3,800-square foot interactive playground, including treehouse structure with slides and climbing features, a rotary swing, bench seating and shade structures. 
  • New 7/10-mile (3,604-foot) concrete walking path, looping around the park.
  • New site lighting and electrical upgrades, including adding power capacity to the pavilion. 
  • New 18-hole disc golf course, with new tee pads and goal baskets. 

Event parking is available at the Tom Watkins Center, 2100 W. High St.; the Tom Watkins Park tennis courts at West High Street and North Park Avenue; Mercy Clinic Family Medicine, 2212 W. Kearney St.; and the park parking lot off North Elizabeth Avenue.

The ribbon cutting will be held immediately after the  Zone 1 Town Hall at 6:30 p.m with Springfield City Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson at Tom Watkins Park Pavilion.

Nearly $645,000 of park improvements have been implemented at Tom Watkins Park in the last four months, funded through a combination of a Community Development Block Grant, coming to the City of Springfield through the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program; and the City’s Neighborhood Works program. The City’s HUD program is administered by the Planning & Development Department and the Neighborhood Works is administered by Public Works.

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