As the weather warms up, Springfield residents start venturing out of their homes to enjoy the outdoors. Many opt to take a walk or a bike ride around their neighborhood. Children may choose to walk to school, rather than catch a ride from mom or dad.
Sidewalks decrease chances of in-road, pedestrian-car collisions by 80% and are essential to a healthy community's lifestyle. Trees greatly enhance quality of life in many ways.
That's why the City of Springfield's Public Works Traffic Operations division is now offering a tree-planting benefit (NeighborWoods) in combination with school sidewalk construction in neighborhoods across the city. Through this program, Springfield residents are offered a substantial tree (about 5 feet tall) to be planted on their property, once a school sidewalk has been constructed on their street.
The NeighborWoods School Sidewalk Program is one of several efforts by traffic operations (links) to make Springfield a safe place to walk and bike (links). Using funds generated by the quarter-cent capital improvement sales tax, the city has constructed more than 50 miles of school sidewalks over the last 20 years. The goal is to provide sidewalks in a half-mile radius around all schools in the district.
The public grounds forestry staff has been serving Springfield residents with the NeighborWoods program for 10 years. Applicants receive a tree, planted by city staff, just by committing to watering the tree as needed.
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Contact Mandy Büettgen in Public Works Traffic Operations.