Install new landscaping around Visitor Center and Visitor Parking Lot on the west side of the park
Sheryle Lindley, 217-391-3229
The park will be working with the Springfield Civic Garden Club to enhance the landscaping around the Visitor Center (S-31) and the visitor parking lot. An emphasis on native plants as well as aesthetics will enhance the area which for many visitors is their introduction to the park. In the planting bed between the Visitor Center and the bus parking lot on the north side of the VC, approximately 13 boxwood bushes will be planted on the outer edge. Behind the boxwood will be approximately 25 spirea and a variety of native plantes and wildflowers. Most holes will be about 12" deep in an area that was built up around the VC walls to create a sound and visual berm. Around the sunken visitor parking lot, hostas will be added under the existing trees along 7th street from the handicapped accessible ramp south to the driveway. Five Eastern Redbud trees will be planted in place of Austrian Pine trees which were cut down earlier this year along the eastern edge of the lot along the fire lane/alley. Two Dogwood trees will be planted on the western side of the parking lot- -one near the marked handicapped vehicle parking spaces and the other at the other end of the 7th street near the driveway. This area was not discussed in the park's Cultural Landscape Plan (2014).