Sanford Park improvements highlight Neighborhood Works grant program


The Greater Parkcrest Neighborhood Association, in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, dedicated new pavilion and other improvements with a ribbon-cutting  ceremony at Sanford Park July 23.

The celebration highlighted projects funded by a total of $265,000 in Neighborhood Works grants, awarded over a multi-year period. The grants enabled the Park Board to build a picnic pavilion, parking lot, sidewalk connectors and new signage at Sanford Park, and make stormwater improvements and resurface tennis and Pickleball courts at Horace Mann Elementary School.

“The Greater Parkcrest Neighborhood Association is a real force to be reckoned with, because as they were patiently awaiting work to be finished here at Sanford Park, they made another Neighborhood Works grant application,” said Zone 3 Councilman Mike Schilling, referencing the school-park project.

Springfield Mayor Ken McClure said the Neighborhood Works program has been transformational for neighborhoods in our city.

“This program empowers groups like the Greater Parkcrest Neighborhood Association to work together and make improvements that benefit the neighborhood and the community,”

McClure said at the event. “What makes this program interesting is that only neighborhood associations can propose projects and apply for the grants.”

Esterly-Schneider and Associates, Inc, provided the architectural and engineering services for the Sanfor Park project, with the Wilson Group serving as general contractor.


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