OG is so fortunate to work with such a variety of individuals, agencies, civic groups, schools, foundations and businesses. Learn more about the different ways that your organization can partner with Greenways. Become an individual or corporate member, underwrite an event, become a Bicycle-Friendly Business, throw a fundraiser, participate in Bike to Work Week in May, donate an easement or serve on a committee!
Be a Corporate or Sustaining Member
Springfield wouldn't have the number of trails and bike routes it has without the annual financial support of the business community and private donors, large and small. If your company has a charitable program or workplace giving, we enoucarage you to consider contributions to Ozark Greenways. It's a true gift to benefit and shape our community for generations to come. A corporate membership is $500 per year. Join now
Underwrite an Event
An important way to support Ozark Greenways is by underwriting Ozark Greenways events, or by creating your own fundraiser and donating the proceeds. Underwriters are sought for Bike to Work Week, Yoga on the Trail, and our Fall Fundraising Dinner. If you, your business, family or group would like to sponsor one of our events (and reach a great diverse audience), contact Lori Tack at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (417) 864-2015.
Another way for a group or business to support the trails and route network is to hold their own event and donate the proceeds to Ozark Greenways! Let us know if you have any questions about how to do this.
Be a Bicycle-Friendly Business
This local recognition program began in 2014, as a way to draw attention and business to those who are able to encourage and attract cyclists as customers. This helps strengthen the overall goal to make our community even more bike-friendly, while stimulating an economic resource.
The following area businesses were either nominated or applied to become officially designated as a Bicycle-Friendly Business by the advocacy committee of Ozark Greenways, called STAR Team. To nominate your own business, or another business, fill out this application and either mail or email it to Terry Whaley at email@example.com
Innaugural Bicycle-Friendly Businesses:
Frisco Trail Mini Storage
Springfield Brewing Company
Donate a Conservation-Recreation Easement
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 community.
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.
For more information, contact Terry Whaley, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (417) 864-2015.