What's the story behind this project?
In the late 1990s, the Springfield community came together to form a collective vision for a community gathering place – Jordan Valley Park. This vision that was cast nearly 30 years ago still rings true today. So much so that in 2020, City Council identified the concept of as a priority for the community, and the Renew Jordan Creek project (project) demonstrates this ideal.
This is a planning and design process that will focus heavily on public engagement through June 2021. Before the ultimate design for the project is determined, the community will be asked to share their thoughts and ideas for this important project to make sure it reflects local desires.
With the community vision cast by early summer 2021, then design for the project will begin. This phase of the project involves significant modifications to existing floodplain and floodway areas along Jordan Creek and may entail daylighting portions of Jordan Creek currently confined within the concrete box culverts (daylighting refers to the restoration of a stream back to a more natural state).
Why are we looking at Founders Park?
The project provides us with an important opportunity to include Founders Park in the greater Renew Jordan Creek master planning project to reinvigorate the park and capitalize on the park's location and connectivity to the Jordan Creek greenway. Please note that construction costs to enhance Founders Park are not funded at this time.
The Renew Jordan Creek project is only one part of a big picture planning effort and other large-scale improvements in the downtown area, largely focused on water quality improvement and flood reduction. Keep scrolling to learn more about the related area projects.
What's the project area?
The project area, outlined in teal below, consists of two large blocks in the urbanized center of Jordan Valley Park, bordered on the east by Boonville Avenue, Water Street and the railway on the south, Main Avenue on the west, and Mill Street on the north, alongside Founders Park. Much of the project area is within a floodplain.
What are the project goals?
The study area is envisioned to serve as an urban amenity within Springfield that will encourage private redevelopment in this part of downtown. Project components include:
Pedestrian and Connectivity Enhancements
Pedestrian access and greenway connectivity will be improved through downtown, and hardscape elements for pedestrian gathering, walking, and viewing will be added.
Comfort and Safety Improvements
Site furnishings, lighting, accessories, and art installations will provide for a comfortable, stimulating, and safe environment that accommodates planned and organic activities.
Sustainable Greenspaces Integration
To honor the environmental features of this area, landscaping will demonstrate and promote sustainability. Plant materials will be Missouri natives that are well suited for Ozark landscapes near water features and complementary to other nearby urban greenspaces.
Sense of Place Development
A 19th-century stone arch bridge that is currently encapsulated by the box culvert at Campbell Avenue may be uncovered and restored. The project design will create a strong sense of place, grounded in the specific characteristics of its site, and celebrate nature and urban life.
Flood Reduction and Water Quality Improvement
As the first piece of a larger project that will protect existing buildings from the base flood, Renew Jordan Creek must be a functional space that conveys flood flows to reduce existing flood issues. The design of the urban amenity must also be conscious of existing water quality issues and provide solutions to reduce polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons.
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Provide your feedback as plans emerge. Check back for updates on the format, date, and time of this event.
As the planning and design process continues, project work, including relevant graphics, mapping, and documents, will be available for download and review below. Check back often!
Related Area Projects
The Renew Jordan Creek project is only one part of a big picture planning effort and other large-scale improvements in the downtown area. Learn more below.
Grant Avenue Parkway
The Grant Avenue Parkway will create an off-street pedestrian and bicycle pathway along Grant Avenue between Sunshine Street and College Street, in the heart of Springfield. The 3-mile stretch will connect downtown Springfield with authentic Springfield experiences and further connect parks and recreation amenities. The route includes a downtown loop that includes Main Avenue, Mill Street, and Boonville Avenue – the three streets at the perimeter of the Renew Jordan Creek site.
Forward SGF is the City of Springfield's new Comprehensive Plan. The planning process is currently underway. The Forward SGF Comprehensive Plan will be a tool used by the city to direct future growth and development and make policies and decisions that shape our region.
In addition to the Comprehensive Plan, Forward SGF includes planning for catalyst sites downtown, including the open space on the south side of Water Street between Boonville Avenue and Main Avenue, and the south half of the block north of the project site between Main Avenue and Campbell Avenue. The planning work for these sites, all of which are controlled by public owners, will occur concurrent with Renew Jordan Creek planning efforts, and will identify appropriate and achievable development scenarios that interact and complement the daylighted creek.
Department of Public Works
City of Springfield