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New Fulbright Spring Greenway dedication opens new section with bridge on April 4

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Whether you’re riding or walking, the Fulbright Spring Greenway Trail offers beautiful scenery on a newly improved route. Phase 4, expected to be complete by the end of the year, will connect Phase 3 to Lost Hill Park, creating 6.8 miles of uninterrupted greenway trail.

SPRINGFIELD – Our community is invited to celebrate the newest opportunity to enjoy all the beauty the Ozarks offers while getting a little exercise at the same time.

Ozark Greenways Inc., in partnership with the Springfield-Greene County Park Board, will dedicate the newest section of the Fulbright Spring Greenway at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4,at the David C. Murray Trailhead, 4796 N. Farm Road 141 (Old Highway 13), just north of Springfield.

The dedication coincides with the kick-off to the Healthy Living Alliance’s Move Your Shoes Challenge and the American Heart Association’s Move More Day/Month.

Both events encourage people to add or increase their daily activity, with walking as an easy and safe option. The event includes a ribbon-cutting and a walk down the new section of greenway, which includes a scenic new steel bridge spanning the South Dry Sac River.

More about Move More Day/Month
Every April, the American Heart Association celebrates physical activity and encourages all Americans to commit to being more active on a regular basis. In previous years, the first Wednesday in April was known as National Walking Day.

Now, American Heart Association focuses on the entire month of April and kicks it off with Move More Day in 2018 on Wednesday, April 4. American Heart Association recommends that adults get 150 minutes or more of moderate-intensity physical activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week; even short 10-minute activity sessions can be added up over the week to reach this goal. Walking has the lowest dropout rate and it is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your heart health.

More about the Move Your Shoes Challenge
The city-wide Move Your Shoes Challenge was created to encourage locals to make small changes towards better health and enjoy some friendly competition as well. The challenge runs April 4 to May 4 and the Organization and Community Group that averages the most steps per person will win the challenge. Winners will receive a traveling trophy and bragging rights! Participants are encouraged to strive for 10,000 steps (5 miles) each day. It’s not too late to register, visit moveyourshoes.com for more information. Registrations will be accepted through April 6 at 5 p.m.

The following local groups are confirmed for the Move Your Shoes Challenge:

  • 7C’s Winery
  • Advanced Sleep Technologies
  • American Heart Association
  • City of Springfield
  • Community Partnership of the Ozarks
  • Developmental Center of the Ozarks
  • Fulbright Springs Community
  • Greene County
  • Grooms Office Environments
  • Jordan Valley Community Health Center
  • L&W Industries
  • Mercy
  • Missouri State University
  • Saheli
  • Seiler Family
  • Springfield Public Schools
  • Springfield-Greene County Library District
  • Tom Watkins Neighborhood Association

More about the Fulbright Spring Greenway
The trail dedication for Phase 3 of Fulbright Spring Greenway includes approximately 1/2 mile of new trail, spanning from David C. Murray Trailhead eastward, through a former quarry site, with a 75-foot steel bridge over the South Dry Sac River.

The 10-foot wide concrete trail was designed by Jeff Bentley, P.E., Consulting Engineer, and Senior Parks Planner Dennis McMan. The general contractor was Hunter Chase & Associates, Inc. The $303,416 project was funded through a $192,680 Transportation Alternative Program, administered through the Missouri Department of Transportation, as well as matching funds from the Park Board and in-kind services by Ozark Greenways and Greene County Highway Department. The project was identified as a priority by the Ozark Transportation Organization.

(The Fulbright Spring Greenway was formerly named the South Dry Sac Greenway. The name was changed to avoid confusion with the South Creek Greenway in Springfield.)

Previous phases of Fulbright Spring Greenway development include a one-mile span connecting David C. Murray Trailhead to Ritter Springs Park, 1 1/2 miles spanning from Lost Hill Park to Truman Elementary School, and a 1/4-mile connecting the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park to the nearby Equestrian Center.

Phase 4, expected to be complete by the end of the year, will connect Phase 3 to Lost Hill Park, creating 6.8 miles of uninterrupted greenway. Funding for Phase 4 is included in Ozark Greenways’ ongoing capital campaign.

Ozark Greenways is a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Ozarks’ natural heritage. Best known for their work in creating our trail network, they have developed 72 miles of trails. Trails in Springfield and Greene County are maintained by the Park Board.

Collaborative partners working to make the event possible include the American Heart Association, City of Springfield, Healthy Living Alliance, Missouri State University, Ozark Greenways, Springfield-Greene County Health Department, and Springfield-Greene County Park Board.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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