UnGap The Map

Forward SGF promotes expanding and closing gaps in the trail network, through UnGap the Map, a campaign to fund trail connections discussed in Chapter 11: Parks, Greenways, and Natural Resources. The Springfield trail network is a unique asset that possesses great potential to anchor neighborhood reinvestment and economic development.

Forward SGF supports The City and Park Board in their partnership with Ozark Greenways to champion the “UnGap The Map” campaign. This multi-year initiative is underway to close gaps in the planned trail system, creating a comprehensive, highly connected system of trails across the region. The planned system contains over 200 miles of trails, 140 of those in the city, building on the 77 miles already existing in the city. This initiative aims to connect residents to nature, improve public health, and create connections to community destinations.

The City has entered into a contract with a consulting firm to facilitate and draft an update to the Zoning and Development Code, which will provide the City with the regulatory framework essential to implement many of the recommendations outlined in the Comprehensive Plan that will initiate and require trail improvements as part of new development, where planned gaps in the system have been identified.

Ozark Greenways and partners are leading the way in planning and coordinating numerous trail and greenway connection projects, including:

Chadwick Flyer Trail

3.2 miles of the planned 12-mile trail has been constructed and an additional 3.2 miles of the trail are funded.

Galloway Creek Greenway

A trail connection at the intersection of Battlefield Road and Lone Pine Avenue has been constructed.

Grant Avenue Parkway Trail

Construction is underway to connect Wonders of Wildlife and Bass Pro Shops on Sunshine Street to Downtown and the Renew Jordan Creek Project on Boonville Avenue and Mill Street.

Jordan Creek Greenway

An extension of the trail in Smith Park to the Division Street Trail has been funded.

South Creek Greenway

An extension from National Avenue east to the Fremont Trail and Meador Park has been funded.

Ward Branch Greenway

An extension from its current terminus east to Fremont Avenue and the future Fremont Trail is currently in the planning phase.

Renew Jordan Creek Open House Presentation by Olsson- April 11, 2024
Lake Springfield Public Presentation by CMT – October 12, 2023

Chapter 7 – Housing And Neighborhoods

  • Goal 1. Support the Creation of Complete Neighborhoods
    • (1.1) Create and Expand Neighborhood Amenities
    • (1.2) Foster Walkable Neighborhoods
  • Goal 3.  Revitalize Springfield’s Neighborhoods
    • (3.5) Champion Safe, Healthy, Livable Housing and Neighborhoods

Chapter 9 – Transportation And Mobility

  • Goal 1. Provide multimodal transportation options that are accessible and reliable for users of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.
    • (1.1) Identify and Eliminate Gaps in the Network
    • (1.2) Develop Individual Modal Plans
  • Goal 3. Integrate Transportation and Land Use to Support Mobility and Placemaking
    • (3.3) Enhance Community Character and Placemaking

Chapter 10 – Infrastructure and Community Facilities

  • Goal 6. Foster Public Ownership and Community Identity Towards Springfield’s Infrastructure and Community Facilities as they Support the Beautification of the City.
    • (6.3) Multi-purpose Infrastructure

Chapter 11 – Parks, Greenways, and Natural Resources

  • Goal 1. Establish a Comprehensive Trail System
    • (1.1) Leverage and Enhance our Trail System
    • (1.2) Increase Accessibility and Safety Equitably
    • (1.3) Improve Wayfinding
    • (1.4) Increase Community Engagement and Education
    • (1.5) Perform a Trail Inventory

Chapter 12 – Subarea Plans

  • Lake Springfield Subarea Plan – Framework recommendations

To learn more about Ozark Greenways and how you can get involved in helping to UnGap the Map, visit www.ozarkgreenways.org