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Three Outdoor Areas Dedicated

Three area organizations hosted a collaborative dedication on Tuesday to celebrate the opening of new area green space.

KSMU's Matt Petcoff reports...

By working together, the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks, Ozark Greenways and the Springfield-Greene County Park Board are improving the area's outdoors.

And, on Tuesday, the celebrated their accomplishments together.

The three organizations took turns dedicating new or improved green space near Valley Water Mill in northeast Springfield.

Loring Bullard is the Executive Director of the Watershed Committee of the Ozarks.

He says it was a collaborative effort by the three organizations to complete these projects.

The Watershed committee unveiled two new outdoor learning stations while the park board celebrated the opening of its new Outdoor Initiatives and Maintenance Center.

Ozark Greenways dedicated almost 12-hundred feet of greenway.

One of themes stressed during the events was how these areas can be used not only for recreation, but for education.

Justine Lines is a biology teacher at Kickapoo High School.

She says it's important to have outdoor areas like these made accessible for students.

The Parks Outdoor Initiatives offices will relocate to the new site this fall.

Some of the onsite activities that will be offered to the public include fishing and marksmanship safety classes.