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Park Central Square Needs Your Input to Get a New Look

Park Central Square in Springfield is getting a new look. The city is planning on renovating the square and is asking for the public's opinions on what should change. KSMU's Jana Greer has more.

The square in Springfield has changed its look 8 different times since the civil war, and after 35 years of the same look, the city says its time for change. To decide how to renovate the square the city is teaming up with the Urban Districts Alliance, and is inviting the public to attend a workshop to provide input and feedback for the project. Rusty Worley is the Executive Director of the Urban Districts Alliance. He says that they are keeping an open mind about how to renovate the square.

The city has about one million dollars in grant funding for improvements to Park Central Square as part of the ongoing downtown revitalization process. A final design should be completed by January and construction will start in the spring. Worley says that its important for the public to be involved in this project.

The workshop will be on September 13 from 5:30 to 8pm at Wellington Place, which is in the Jim D. Morris building next to the Gillioz Theatre on Park Central East. Dinner will be served and you must RSVP by September 10 by calling the Urban Districts Alliance at 831-6200. A survey will also be available online by September 15 and you can get to that link by visiting our website at


  • Park Central Square Survey