The historic City of Springfield, located 30 minutes north of Nashville, boasts an abundance of agriculture and a unique mix of local small business and industry. The greenway project was originally conceptualized as a way to link this diverse community by locating recreational and civic facilities along a three-mile, north-south, cross-town corridor, while also providing glimpses into Springfield’s colorful history.
Gresham Smith’s initial task was to assist the City to secure funding for the project and coordinate with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. Once funds were in-place, we began working with City representatives to visualize and design this very welcome addition to the community. We provided master planning, landscape architecture, surveying and civil engineering services as well as developed a comprehensive signage system, complete with trailhead markers and a map.
The resulting $4 million scenic Springfield Greenway gently meanders along Sulfur Fork Creek, a lush tree-lined waterway. The design of the pathway varies greatly in response to a range of conditions such as natural creek sides and urban streets. Interpretive signs are placed along the greenway to provide historical background and significance. The project was honored with the 4-Star Award from the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association, a testament to its contribution to a healthy, livable Springfield.