Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Springfield and Greene County Break Ground for a New Park

Work has begun on a new park and trailhead near Springfield. KSMU's Michele Skalicky has more.

Springfield and Greene County officials have broken ground for a new park north of Springfield. The 9.9 acre David C. Murray Park and Trailhead site was acquired as part of the 2001 voter approved quarter-cent sales tax for Parks, Open Space and Greenways.

Parks Director Jodie Adams says the lush acreage, part of a century farm right next to the Sac River, will capture the interest of history buffs.

"The history of this area is phenomenal with the David C. Murray historical site that's just right next to this property, so people can make a day of it out here. They can walk the trail, and then they can go also to the historical site, the old house, the homestead."

The park is named after David C. Murray who settled on the property in 1867.

Adams says the new park means another piece of the park board's puzzle is in place.

"The key element here is the trailhead. We needed access off of 13 Highway and also the old 13, and this was the perfect site for a trailhead for a future park here."

An Ozark Greenways trail will extend west from the park to Ritter Springs. It will run under Highway 13. The park will eventually feature a picnic area and playground.

For KSMU News, I'm Michele Skalicky.