Neighborhood Works funds 11 neighborhood capital improvement projects


The City’s Department of Public Works is underway on the first project among many that will provide improvements to 11 registered neighborhoods through the second round of 2019-2024 Neighborhood Works program funding.

Funded through the ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax, the Neighborhood Works program is intended to fund small-scale capital improvements within officially registered neighborhoods. The program gives residents the opportunity to identify projects they believe will offer the greatest benefit to their area including small-scale stormwater drainage improvements, sidewalk and trail connections, public parking and alleyway improvements and updates to parks. Individual projects are limited to $100,000 or less and must take place on city-owned property or right-of-way.

Public Works and their contractor recently completed construction of a sidewalk in the Greater Parkcrest neighborhood that will help residents access Sanford Park from the east side.

The Springfield-Greene County Park Board has completed the playground installation for Kirkwood Park in the Brentwood Neighborhood, which was a project approved in the 2021 Neighborhood Works funding cycle. 

In June, crews began widening Glenn Avenue from Calhoun Street to Division Street, a safety improvement for the Bissett neighborhood. This work is targeted for completion in early August. 

The following projects were approved in April for funding through 2024:

  • Glenn Street Safety and Accessibility Improvements – Bissett – $99.896.
    Includes the widening of north Glenn Avenue between Calhoun and Hovey streets with curb and a crosswalk. Construction is anticipated to begin in June.
  • Walkability and Accessibility Improvement Project – Delaware – $72,718.
    Sidewalk repair and ADA ramp improvements on multiple streets.

  • Doling Neighborhood Sidewalk Improvements – $6,703.
    Sidewalk and ADA ramp repairs along Fremont Avenue where it intersects with Livingston, North and Nora streets.

  • Fassnight Park Safety and Accessibility Improvements – $50,000.
    Project includes signage and sidewalk repair in Fassnight Park.

  • Fassnight Park Playground Equipment – $46,500.
    Installation of a play structure for children in 2-5-year-old age range.   
  • Galloway Creek Trail Solar Beacon Crosswalk Enhancement – $27,368.
    Installation of a new flashing beacon crosswalk signal at Lone Pine Avenue and Barton Street as well as a new stop sign for the Galloway Trail crossing. Construction is anticipated for fall.
  • Various Projects to Enhance Livability – Greater Parkcrest – $78,524.
    Project includes installation of picnic tables and benches in the existing gazebo in the park at Horace Mann Elementary. Also includes the construction of a pavilion, picnic tables and benches on the east side of the tennis court.  A sidewalk connection from Danbury Avenue to Stanford Park was recently completed. 

  • Ray Kelly Park Lighting Project – Meador Park – $18,700.
    Installation of lighting at Ray Kelly Park.

  • Improvements on and near City-owned sinkhole lots – $79,208.
    Includes the removal of sinkhole fence, repair of sidewalk and construction of a new path, and construction of a foundation base for a public art piece. Will be landscaped with native plantings and a rain garden with the current channel expected to be replaced with a bioswale and plantings. Construction is anticipated for fall.
  • Hawthorn Park Reinvestment – West Central – $22,000.
    Park improvements to provide a butterfly garden and a sign.

  • Convert Westport Tennis Court to Pickle Ball – Westside – $24,900.

  • Lights for Westport and Zagonyi Courts – Westside – $25,000.

  • Crosswalk Improvement Projects at two intersections in Woodland Heights – $98,824
    Curb extensions and crosswalks at Chase Street and Lyon Avenue. New crosswalks will be installed at Chase Street and Washington Avenue and at Chase Street and Grant Avenue. Construction at Chase and Lyon is anticipated for fall.

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