Our Committee Volunteers are Leaders, Advocates and Greenspace Preservationists
Technical Planning Committee
Meets 2nd Tuesday each month, 7:30am --- Park Planning office, 1408 E. Pythian
Contact: Mary Kromrey, firstname.lastname@example.org / (417) 864-1941
A diverse group of technically skilled volunteers meets monthly to discuss various trail issues such as identifying routes, engineering low-water crossings and managing construction details. This committee plays a critical role in the development of Springfield's trail and on-street network, and brings together an unprecedented variety of local agency representatives. Are you an architect, engineer, or generally interested in getting involved with this group? Email us and we'll help get you connected.
Let's Go Smart Committee - Advocacy
Meets 3rd Wednesday each month, 4:30-5:30pm --- Enviro Resource Center, 290 E. Central
Contact: Mary Kromrey email@example.com / (417)864-1941
Our Let's Go Smart committee advocates for local forms of sustainable transportation including bicycling, walking, alternative transportation and public transit. The mission of the committee is to advocate for connecting greenway trails to one another, to neighborhoods and to activity areas throughout the community. The committee is comprised of citizens, business leaders, representatives from city, county, state and federal organizations, the local health community, Springfield Police Department, Springbike Club and other interested groups and individuals. Interested in joining this committee?
Friends of the Frisco - Promotion, Improvements, Fundraising
Contact: John Montgomery firstname.lastname@example.org / (417) 864-2015
The 35-mile Frisco Highline Rail-Trail is half in Greene County, managed by the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, and half in Polk County, managed by Ozark Greenways volunteers. Friends of the Frisco formed in 2014, to work on issues specific to this second longest Rail-Trail in Missouri. Projects include helping market to tourists, planning for physical improvements, and partnering with local businesses.
Land Trust Committee
Contact: Mary Whaley, email@example.com / (417) 864-1941
Residents are concerned about the ongoing loss of greenspace in Springfield and Greene County. They see subdivisions and other developments replacing greenspace. Historic farms and scenic areas they once enjoyed as part of the Ozarks landscape are disappearing. One solution that can save portions of our unique natural resources is to use a land trust to work with landowners to develop conservation easement agreements.
The Ozark Greenways Land Trust Committee reviews proposed donations of property to be forever protected from development in a way that satisfies both the landowners, their heirs, and the future plans for greenspace preservation in the Springfield region.
An easement is a legal right-of-way/preservation agreement that often also allows a greenway trail to pass through either public or private property. The easements we use are voluntarily given, because we are a non-profit working to benefit the greater community. Several tax incentives can make this an attractive partnership. A trail might have only a few easement agreements, or many, depending on the property. Ideally, a community plan for trails is adopted before land is developed, and luckily our community leaders are taking this into account.