The Westside Neighborhood Betterment Association has had a busy week.
We were instrumental in getting an 80-year-old Civil War memorial moved from a spot where it was obscured by weeds and debris to a place of honor in Zagonyi Park.
It commemorates the battle that took place on that site. In preparation for the rededication ceremony, a group of neighbors raided their gardens and planted a garden around the monument.
On Oct. 25, the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, the University Club, WNBA and several other organizations participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the monument.
We also applied for and received a grant for $100,000 worth of improvements to the park. Our goal is to make Zagonyi an inclusive park. We also had a ribbon cutting for our new ADA-approved play equipment.
The original fountains have been repaired and restored and there are also new fountains in the pavilion. The spring will bring new picnic benches with sun shades.
On Nov. 3, we will be participating operating an aid station at the Bass Pro Marathon. Our theme will celebrate the renovation of the Rockwood Courts on College Street. Last Sunday we had a painting party to create a replica of one of the cottages.
We have fun working toward improving our neighborhood!