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Springfield Neighborhood Night Out Promotes Walkability

NEighborhood Night OUt
Credit: Anna Thomas

Springfield residents will sound off tonight about a safer, more walkable neighborhood.

The Healthy Living Alliance and partners are bringing blank billboards to the Neighborhood Night Out from 6-8 tonight, allowing residents to express what improvements they would like to see in their area. Angie Filbeck, neighborhood project coordinator, hopes for a good turnout and support of their project.

“One of the ideas is just to get people out of the house and walking to locations. Ultimately, it would be great to have neighborhoods where there are good destinations to walk to, maybe that’s a park, maybe that’s something economically viable, a farmer’s market.” Filbeck said.

Tonight’s event will serve as the first stage of the Walkable Neighborhoods Project, which is working in conjunction with Neighborhood Night Out.  They’ll be collecting information from residents such as sidewalk improvement, the need for slower traffic and more parks. Filbeck expects the project to run about a year before they begin sharing the results with community and city leaders.

“Come on over, ask for a Sharpie, and definitely tell us exactly what you want to see in your neighborhood because we really, truly want this information to help us build a better Springfield.” Filbeck said.

There are seven different neighborhoods participating in tonight’s event, including:

Weller: Smith Park, 1536 E. Division

Midtown: Washington Park, 1600 N. Summit

Robberson: Pathways United Methodist, 1232 E. Dale St.

Fulbright Springs: FBS Community Center, 3693 N. Amelia Dr.

Heart of the Westside: Nichols Park, 1900 W. Nichols

Westside NBA: Zagonyi Park, 1724 Mt. Vernon (Mt. Vernon & Park Ave)

West Central: McGregor Park, 1200 W. State St.