Park Central Square

City of Springfield

The Tumbler sculpture on Park Central Square will get its annual summertime tumble tomorrow.  And the event will be dedicated to the late Coffee Ethic owner, Tom Billionis.  Billionis, a passionate supporter of downtown Springfield business development, died in April.  Tomorrow would have been his 45th birthday.

The sculpture is scheduled to be tumbled tomorrow morning (6/21) at 7:30. 

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  After this morning, the brown steel sculpture on Park Central Square will look a little different.

What’s regarded as Springfield’s first modern art piece will get its annual springtime rotation by workers with the city’s Public Works Department at 7:30 am, and the public is invited to watch.

The sculpture was created by sculptor Aris Demetrios.  It was installed on the square in 1971.  In recent years it was discovered that the piece was intended to be re-oriented or “tumbled” every season to create a new piece of art.

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Springfield’s Park Central Square is one of four locations to be named Great Places in Missouri in 2015.

The Missouri Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA) will recognize the downtown attraction at a ceremony Wednesday morning at the state capitol in Jefferson City.  

Park Central Square joins the Katy Trail, and St. Louis’ Citygarden and South Grand Boulevard as this year’s honorees.

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  It will start to feel a lot like Christmas today on Park Central Square.  The city of Springfield will install the annual Christmas tree there this morning. 

The 30-foot spruce was donated by Missouri State University.  It used to stand at the intersection of John Q. Hammons Parkway and Elm near Sunvilla Tower.  Planned construction of a new Missouri State shuttle stop on the site forced removal of the tree.

The Downtown Springfield Association suggested its use as a Christmas tree.

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After 20 years of sitting vacant and more than two years of renovations, the old Heer’s Building on the northwest corner of Park Central Square re-opened today as Heer’s Luxury Living with a ribbon cutting. 

Zachary Nichols is project manager with the Dalmark Development Corporation, the company that finally got the building renovation accomplished.