~ The City of Springfield is set to begin modifications to Jubilee Park (298 S. Jefferson Avenue) on Monday, Nov. 27, following a public comment period that yielded no major concerns.

Crews will begin by removing approximately 10 trees from the site that are in poor health and condition. Workers will return the week of Dec. 11 to begin the removal of stone walls, planters and patio spaces on the north and south portions of the park. The closure of several parking spaces along the east side of the park may be required for equipment and materials, though any additional impacts to traffic will be minimal and short-term. The modifications are expected for completion by the end of the year, with replacement tree plantings and landscaping work planned for the spring.

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The goal of these modifications is to provide a convenient green space for residents and visitors in an area of downtown Springfield that is otherwise developed. An asphalt walkway will be removed and a new walkway constructed to connect sidewalk along the western perimeter to an existing music installation. Spaces where pavement is removed will be regraded to provide flatter, more walkable and mowable green space. Several trees in poor condition will be removed and replaced with new trees and landscaping in various locations.

The City began looking into potential modifications following a request from the Downtown Community Improvement District to assess safety, maintenance and overall usability of the space. A Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) study was conducted over the summer by Springfield Police Department which found no restrictions to its modification. The project is estimated at less than $5,000 with construction being done by Public Works internal streets and grounds crews.

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