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Springfield city leaders ask for final community input on Renew Jordan Creek project

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 10:21 PM CDT
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - A project to makeover part of downtown Springfield, Renew Jordan Creek, is in its final stages of planning. The goal is to uncover Jordan Creek from below the concrete.

“It’s one of those unicorn projects that brings together beauty and function,” says Kirkland Preston, city of Springfield’s Stormwater Management professional engineer.

The Renew Jordan Creek project is not only going to be used as a way to reduce flooding downtown, but also provide outdoor amenities to the community. The city’s director of quality of place initiatives, Tim Rosenbury, identified phase one as two large blocks of the creek, between Booneville and Main. The city budgeted $6.8 million, but that won’t cover all of the plans.

“The vision that we will outline tonight that community has helped us develop is certainly not limited to the funding that we’ve currently identified. This is a long range vision.”

It’s all part of a larger plan for downtown. The hope is to continue re-development along the creek’s path. The second part of the master plan is updating Founders Park.

“The park doesn’t have issues with flooding like other sites but it has experienced some challenges with security and overall usage so we’ve been thinking for some time about some improvements that would address the security and its use,” Rosenbury says.

The final master plan is expected in July. Construction is expected to start in 2022.

You can give your input on the Jordan Creek project through June 13.

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