What was once the site of a landfill and superfund site is now the home of a beautiful mile and a half stretch of paved trail for walkers, bikers and runners just north of Springfield. The finished project now connects a 7-mile stretch known as the Fulbright Spring Greenway. The newly connected trail, which cost shy of $500,000 according to Ozark Greenways Director Mary Kromrey, will be a mix of public art, interpretive kiosks and wayfinding. This new section links the David C. Murray Trailhead to Lost Hill Park and provides locals one more opportunity for accessing Springfield’s outdoors.
Though the mile-and-a-half stretch isn’t very long, it was no easy feat for the Ozark Greenways’ full-time staff of two. “It was a pretty complex project with many partners involved just because parts of it were in the floodplain and then it was traversing that former landfill and superfund site,” Kromrey says. According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, a superfund is a contaminated site that exists due to hazardous waste being dumped, left out in the open, or otherwise improperly managed.