Ozark Greenways

Ozark Greenways

In this segment of Making Democracy Work, Debbie Good talks with Dawn Gardner, board secretary of Ozark Greenways, about the organization and what it does. 

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This is Bike to Work Week, a time when you’re encouraged to keep the car in the driveway at least one day today through Friday (May 15-19).

According to Ozark Greenways, a local restaurant will give a voucher for free food to anyone who registers to take part and also reports their participation.  There are also prizes that will be given away.

Ozark Greenways

Three years ago, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon launched the 100 Missouri Miles Challenge after the state was named the Best Trails State by American Trails.  Since then, the more than 26,800 Missourians who signed up to participate have logged more than five million miles.

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Saturday marked 25 years of recreational advancements in Springfield as Ozark Greenways celebrated the connection of two popular trails.

The new Tal's Trailhead at 3551 S. Kaufman Road in south Springfield connects the 3-mile Wilson's Creek and 7-mile South Creek trails. The trailhead is named in honor of C. Tal Wooten, Jr., a donor to the project. 

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From the street, it doesn’t look like much. On one side, a privacy fence contains overgrown weeds that resemble mounds of green and yellow spaghetti. On the other side, rows of white and grey houses. Cars whoosh by.

"There’s an old railroad bed that runs through there.”

That’s Terry Waley, executive director of Ozark Greenways. He says the organization first acquired this land years ago, and figured:

“Someday we’ll turn it into a trail.”