Birthplace of Route 66 Festival to feature live concert simulcast at the Square on Aug. 9The Birthplace of Route 66 Concert, featuring the Ozark Mountain Daredevils at the Gillioz Theater Aug. 9, has sold out. In partnership with the band, the City of Springfield will present a live simulcast of the concert at Park Central Square. Video of the concert in the square will be projected on the City’s 16 x 30-foot screen. There is no charge for the event, and festival goers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs.
"It’s fair to say that Route 66 played a key role in Springfield’s access to popular music,” says band member John Dillon. “Because of our location on ‘The Mother Road’ our area of the country was able to tap in to the amazing talent of so many great performers from so many different genres. Our band was influenced by the spirit of Route 66, the artists who traveled through Springfield, and the music they shared. It’s an honor to be a part of this festival."
The concert will also feature regional acts such as Powder Mill and Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu. It starts at 7 p.m.
City and Watershed Committee to demonstrate sustainable stormwater management with parking lot reconstructionTwo parking lots at the City Government Plaza will be under construction beginning in mid-August as part of a grant-funded project to demonstrate ways of managing stormwater that reduce the amount of runoff and pollution that reach our streams.
The project will include pervious pavement, rain gardens, and a bioswale that allow rainwater to soak into the ground and be used and naturally filtered by soil, plants and trees. The project is a partnership of Watershed Committee of the Ozarks and the City of Springfield as part of the Springfield-Greene County Urban Watershed Stewardship Project Grant (nicknamed Big Urbie).
- Come enjoy National Night Out an event to promote safe, healthy neighborhoods 6 p.m.-sundown Aug. 5 at Meador Park.
- BNSF Railway has closed Westgate Avenue near Haseltine Road until noon today for repair work on the railroad crossing.
- For the 37th year, the City of Springfield's Finance Department, headed by Director Mary Mannix Decker, has earned a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting.
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