Doling Park Lake & waterway Improvements



Project Updates

Spring 2012-construction was completed. The lake has been restored with removal of accumulated sediment and new rock walls. A series of rain gardens and a wetland have been constructed on the south and east sides to catch and filter runoff from the park to protect water quality in the lake. The drainageway on the west side of the park has been reconstructed to address erosion.

Groundbreaking June 13th. Read News Release

Project Facts

Location: Doling Park

Objectives: This project provides much needed improvements to the natural environment of Doling Park by improving safety, water quality and aesthetics while focusing on sustainability and environmental protection of this historic park.

Design Features:

  • Clean and enhance Doling Lake, replace the lake spillway and repair eroded banks and waterway to improve water quality and aesthetics
  • Enhance pedestrian access with walkways and trails around the lake and to the park's Giboney Cave
  • Protect lake water quality with a constructed wetland and rain garden
  • Provide public education and interaction

Other Important Notes:

  • Natural and native materials will be used
  • Tree preservation and protection of the historic park will remain a priority
  • The park and adjacent Merrell Cooper trail will remain open to the public at all times


Assistance Provided By:

  • Missouri Department of Conservation
  • Tree City USA Citizens Advisory Committee

Cost: $1,300,000

Funding Sources:

  • 2006 County-wide Parks Sales Tax Lakes, Streams, and Waterways
  • Funded in part by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources under Section 319 of the Clean Water Act

Completion: Spring 2012

Design Engineer: Olsson Associates

City Project Engineer: , 864-1876

Contractor: Carson-Mitchell, Inc.


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Contact Us

Busch Building
PO BOX 8368
840 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Tel: 417.864.1988