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Posted on: June 14, 2018

Tom Watkins Park improvements dedication Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m.

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Springfield, MO — The Springfield-Greene County Park Board, in partnership with the City of Springfield, celebrates new improvements to Tom Watkins Park with a progressive ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday, June 14, 7:30 p.m. The celebration immediately follows the 6:30 p.m. Zone 1 Town Hall Meeting with Springfield City Councilwoman Phyllis Ferguson at Tom Watkins Park Pavilion, 2100 W. High St.

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.

The park improvements include:

  • New restrooms, adjacent to the park’s pavilion. Architecture and engineering by Paragon Architecture — Brad Erwin, Principal; Alex Mosby, project architect. General Contractor was Rio Contracting — Tom Wood, owner. Total cost $196,750, funded through HUD.
  • New 3,800-square foot interactive playground, including treehouse structure with slides and climbing features, a rotary swing, bench seating and shade structures. Contractor was RJR Enterprises. Equipment supplied by Cunningham Recreation. Playground equipment manufactured by PlayCore/Gametime. Total cost $257,576, funded through HUD.
  • New 7/10-mile (3,604-foot) concrete walking path, looping around the park. Contractor was Liming Concrete — Don Liming, owner. Total cost $128,300, funded through HUD.
  • New site lighting and electrical upgrades, including adding power capacity to the pavilion. Contractor was AC Electrical Systems — Ben Bills, project supervisor. Total cost $42,800, funded by Neighborhood Works.
  • New 18-hole disc golf course, with new tee pads and goal baskets. Contractor was Hunter Chase & Associates. Total cost: $19,600, funded by Neighborhood Works.

The HUD grant is also funding new playgrounds and other amenities at Cooper, Nichols and Meador parks. Neighborhood Works is funding numerous infrastructure improvements in parks.

The 6:30 p.m. Zone 1 Town Hall includes discussion on crime, safety and nuisance properties. Representatives from Springfield Police Department, Springfield Fire Department, City of Springfield Building Development Services and the Springfield-Greene County Health Department will be in attendance. Residents are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

The celebration begins at 7:30, with ribbon cuttings for the new restrooms, new walking trail, and new playground, and a ceremonial Frisbee toss for the disc golf course. The Park Board will also serve free cake.

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.

For more information or media inquiries, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile), or Cora Scott, Director of Public Information & Civic Engagement, at 417-380-3352.

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For media inquiries only, contact Jenny Fillmer Edwards, Public Information Administrator for the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, at 417-874-2943 (office) or 417-224-5510 (mobile). For safety and security, media is not allowed in the gate of any outdoor pool without clearance through Parks Administration. Please make arrangements with Jenny Edwards before arriving at any public pool.

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