Artistic illustration of Jordan Creek project

MSU parking lots 45 and 46, at the corner of West Mill Street and North Campbell Avenue, were sold to the city in summer of 2021 to help in the creation of the Jordan Creek project. 

“It’s a capital improvement project to daylight Jordan Creek and remove it from the buried concrete enclosure and restore it to a more natural condition,”  Chris Dunnaway, principal stormwater engineer for Springfield, said. “In addition, the project will include greenway trails, lighting to improve safety, a dog park, esplanade and large green spaces for events and passive uses.”

This project is part of a larger project to improve the water quality of Jordan Creek, Dunnaway said. 

“The project involves property currently used by the university,” Clif Smart, president of Missouri State University wrote in Clif Notes on June 15, 2021. “And we have collaborated to make this property available for daylighting the creek while minimizing the impact on the university’s operations.”

Smart said the sold parking lots will be replaced with new lots being created in the IDEA Commons nearby. 

Jennifer Cox, university space manager, said the new parking areas, “are currently being constructed at the SE corner of Tampa and Robberson, as well as extending parking in lot 48 at the NE corner of Phelps and Jefferson.” 

Dunnaway said the Jordan Creek project will help the MSU community in several  ways. 

“This project is right in MSU’s backyard and provides a safe place where students can go and take a break in between classes, hang out with friends or reconnect with nature in the urban environment,” Dunnaway said. “This site will also likely have planned events throughout the year that students may wish to participate in.”

Community members can get involved with the Jordan Creek project by visiting The website allows people to view survey results about the project, join a mailing list or watch an informational video. 


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