The Commons at Jordan Valley
Gateway: Abstract Design
The stainless steel poles and surrounding limestone rock gardens are the focal element of The Commons. An abstract art feature designed by Greenworks Inc., following public and staff input, these elements can suggest different things to different people. Some examples:
- Bamboo to highlight our relationship with Iesesaki Japan, since the Sister Cities plaza is also a key element of the space
- The original grove of trees on which Springfield was founded
Several historical or native ties are present in this gateway design:
- Stainless steel covers on the tops of the light poles will include cutouts of dogwood blooms (our state tree).
- Limestone rock borders recall the history of the site as a limestone quarry and reflect our local geology.
- Blue violets planted in the beds are a native perennial and are evocative of water.
This "first phase" effort to create an eye-catching entrance to the plaza and the greater downtown and Jordan Valley area was developed in conjunction with, and approved by, the Jordan Valley Advisory Committee, a citizens' group that makes recommendations for Jordan Valley plans and projects.
Future Master Plan Additions:
- Further tree planting
- Streetscape improvements along Trafficway and National beginning spring 2011
- Green space to the north
- A greenway trail loop and connections
- Additional landscaping
The master plan design will be posted on the fence at the site for the public to view.
Methane Mitigation System
A flare system has been installed to help mitigate methane gas created as a result of trees killed by Dutch Elm disease in the 1960s and dumped in the old quarry. The amount of methane is relatively small, but is still significant enough to warrant the flame. It won't burn constantly — you'll see it flare every so often as gas is collected. Signage around the flare will further explain this process.
Concept Plan Recommendations
Phase I of construction (in process) is to include the following:
- Gateway feature at the corner of National and Trafficway
- Sister Cities Plaza
- Methane mitigation system
- Hydro-seeding and landscaping
- Fencing to separate the northern portion of the site until funding is available for finishing
- Parking Lot on the southwest corner
- Creation of a water feature
- Condo development overlooking Hammons Field
- Inclusion of a carousel