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Posted on: June 8, 2021

MEDIA ALERT City to collect input on Renew Jordan Creek plan with virtual information session June 9


The City will host a virtual public engagement session 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, June 9 to showcase the newly proposed master plan for the Renew Jordan Creek effort downtown and gather public RJC_Master Plan Info Session feedback.

The session will provide residents a tour of all three master plan sites and walk them through the community developed vision for each location. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback to the project team and ask questions. Those interested are encouraged to tune in and participate by visiting or

A virtual public open house webpage is also currently available through June 13. Citizens are invited to click through a virtual platform at to view proposed concepts included in the plan, learn more about the community vision proposed and provide comments.

 About the Renew Jordan Creek master plan

After months of public engagement and stakeholder work sessions, City staff and a planning and design consultant team from Olsson, unveiled a proposed master plan for the Renew Jordan Creek effort downtown, at the June 1 City Council Lunch Workshop.  

The Renew Jordan Creek effort intends to “daylight” portions of the creek and bring it to the surface, helping to reduce flooding and improve water quality. Renew Jordan Creek is also viewed as an opportunity to provide an outdoor urban amenity and serve as a catalyst for further redevelopment along the creek’s path through downtown Springfield.

The City previously identified the phase one or Primary Project Site, comprising two large blocks of the creek, bordered on the east by Boonville Avenue and Water Street on the south, Main Avenue on the west, and Mill Street on the north. The master plan seeks to envision a design concept unifying the primary site with possible future enhancements to nearby Founders Park and a newly acquired property located at 404 N. Jefferson Avenue (the former Meek’s Lumber Yard and facility).

Much of the master plan area is within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) floodplain within downtown Springfield, so revising the use of space is crucial to remediate flooding.

“Conceptually, the master plan is a ‘string of pearls’ along Jordan Creek and includes all of Jordan Valley Park,” explains Director of Quality of Place Initiatives Tim Rosenbury. “As visitors and residents explore the area, they will be drawn from one active place to another to enjoy amenities unique to each site, yet part of a whole experience.” 

Olsson will incorporate final feedback from the community into a final master plan document, anticipated by July. The City will then proceed to the engineering design phase for the primary project site with construction estimated to begin in late 2022. Improvements at Founders Park and the 404 N. Jefferson Avenue property will be further considered at a later date.

To learn more and participate in upcoming engagement activities, visit 


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For more information, contact Cora Scott at 417-380-3352 or [email protected] or Communication Coordinator Kristen Milam at 573-819-3713 or [email protected].

Learn more about the Renew Jordan Creek effort.
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