Joplin Prairie Restoration Project

By Carla Pesono

Published 03/26 2014 09:19PM

Updated 03/26 2014 10:18PM

JOPLIN, MO.--- The City of Joplin has started more projects for renovating Campbell Parkway, the 8 acres of land at 20th and Murphy Avenue. One big project is the Prairie Restoration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Missouri Prairie Foundation.

"Over the next two years, we will work with the Prairie Foundation to convert it back to a tall grass demonstration area. It will include benches, trails, some educational graphics to talk about the importance of prairies and what used to be here," said Tony Robyn, Joplin Disaster Recovery Coordinator. 

Disaster Recovery Coordinator Tony Robyn says in three to five years, the city will take ownership of the land and incorporate it into the parks system.

"For people in Fish and Wildlife, they look specifically at migrating birds and habitat for birds and other wildlife, but then the citizens ask for these types of projects. They wanted more amenities across the city, they wanted more enhanced parks, trails, walking areas and benches. So we're just responding to those needs," said Robyn.

As you can see, the trails are being built right now, and over the next few weeks, city storm water is working on another project in this area.

"We're going to be installing a detention basin at 15th and 20th Street area up here that as water moves through the corridor it will be slowed down and captured by the detention basin and the sediments will be filtered out," said Robyn.

The detention basins will help keep water out of the streets and properties and keep pollutants out of the waterways. Robyn says the trails from 20th to 4th Street will be completed this year and the rest of the projects should be completed in three to five years. 

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