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This Friday, a new education facility will open at the Watershed Center at Valley Water Mill Park in Springfield. KSMU’s Samuel Crowe has the details.
The 1.2 million dollar C.W. Titus Education Facility will provide indoor meeting and workshop space. The park itself is committed to preserving clean, drinkable water, and protecting streams, lakes, and groundwater. The facility was funded by private donors, as well as the City of Springfield, Greene County, City Utilities of Springfield, and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board. It's expected to attain a LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification of "Gold", the second highest certification available.
Valley Water Mill Park is located in north Springfield off of North Farm Road 171. It contains 124 acres of wetlands, hiking trails, streams, caves, sinkholes, and springs.
The education facility will be dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony this Friday at 10 a.m. The Watershed Committee and Springfield-Greene County Park Board will provide refreshments and activities for families at an open house from 9a.m. to 2p.m. on Saturday. These activities include nature hikes and Dutch oven cooking demonstrations, as well as a hands-on model of a working stream. For KSMU News, I’m Samuel Crowe.