The City of Springfield has issued a request for qualifications for engineering and architecture services related to the Jordan Creek daylighting project.
The move is the first major step toward the daylighting of the downtown creek. They will also work on the floodplains connected to the creek.
The goal of the project is to bring more businesses to that part of downtown ahead of the city’s Grant Avenue Parkway extension and an already underway expansion of Missouri State’s IDEA Commons.
“As a downtown Springfield amenity, there has been a good deal of community interest in daylighting Jordan Creek with the expectation that this could be something terrific and along the lines of what we’ve seen larger cities do with their urban waterways,” Tim Rosenbury, director of Quality of Place Initiatives for the City of Springfield, said in a statement. “I agree, but this project is also an integral piece of two very exciting placemaking initiatives for Springfield – the Grant Avenue Parkway (GAP) and the next phase of Missouri State University’s IDEA Commons.”
The city will start the process of the Grant Avenue Parkway in July and August with public meetings. The parkway will connect the Wonders of Wildlife museum with downtown.
Jordan Creek was enclosed inside box culverts in the 1930s as an attempt to contain flooding. By that time, many citizens were using the creek area as a trash dump, polluting the stream. The Creek is currently on the Missouri Department of Natural Resource’s list of Impaired Waters because of PAHs in stream sediment.