SPRINGFIELD, MO (December 1, 2020) – The Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS® has received a Placemaking grant from the National Association of REALTORS® to help make Springfield a better place to live by transforming an unused space into vibrant public space for the community to gather and enjoy.
The grant will be used to install an interpretive kiosk telling the story of Lone Pine Green Space and how the local youth developed the trails, as well as trail maps and pictures of the youth involved. In addition to this kiosk, two benches will be installed to have a space to sit and gather along the trails. They will partner with Ozark Greenways on this project, who will be serving as the project coordinator.
“REALTORS® live, work and volunteer in their communities and take immense pride in working to improve them,” said Jeff Kester, CEO Greater Springfield Board of REALTORS®. “Placemaking can help foster healthier, more social and economically viable communities. It creates places where people feel a strong stake in their neighborhoods and are committed to making things better. This grant will allow us to address areas in our community that are in need of enhancement and revitalization and create a place where friends and neighbors can come together.”
Placemaking grants are awarded to local and state REALTOR® Associations to help them and their members create new public spaces and destinations in a community.
“As Ozark Greenways becomes more attractive and welcoming, nearby properties may also increase in value,” said Kester.
For more information on the Lone Pine Bike Park, visit https://ozarkgreenways.org/explore/greenway-trails/lone-pine-bike-park/. To find out more about National Association of REALTORS® placemaking program visit, REALTORactioncenter.org/Placemaking.