UnGap the Map

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Ozark Greenways

Help UnGap the Map!

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$10.00 Level

32 Supporters

By strategically building on the 77 miles of trails already on the ground, we can "ungap the map" to connect communities by trail in our region. It will take all of us working together to build the system. Join us by donating. All donors will receive a special 30th Anniversary Sticker...and more trails :)


$30.00 Level

23 Supporters

2021 marks our 30th Anniversary! Please consider donating one dollar to honor each year of OG building community. All donors will receive a special 30th Anniversary Sticker...and more trails :)


$40.00 Level

12 Supporters

Become (or renew) a member at the Greenway Friend Level: A membership is one way to support the organization on an annual basis and provides vital income for us to operate. All donors will receive a special 30th Anniversary Sticker...and more trails :)


$100.00 Level

25 Supporters

Become (or renew) a member at the Trailblazer Level: A membership is one way to support the organization on an annual basis and provides vital income for us to operate. All donors will receive a special 30th Anniversary Sticker...and more trails :)

Project Overview

Your financial support makes it possible for Ozark Greenways to build a trail system that connects and enhances our community.

Trails connect us to nature, improve our health, and take us to the places we want to go. But to realize those benefits, it’s essential to fully connect the 140+ mile planned system. By strategically building on the 77 miles of trails already on the ground, we can "ungap the map" to connect communities by trails. 

Connected communities built on trails have a significant impact on the vitality and resiliency of a region. All over the country trail systems have been shown to help a community thrive and build a sense of place.

 

Updates

#UnGapTheMap

Many thanks to everyone who has taken time to donate to our Give Ozarks campaign. We really appreciate all of you!

It's an exciting time for our region's trails & the outdoors, and we will use these funds wisely to continue filling gaps in our planned trail system. Here is one example of how these funds may be used: as we work with private landowners on easements and land donations for future trails, we often have surveying, appraisal, and recording fees. These early steps, that many folks may not know exist, are key to successful trail building projects.

Sincerely,
Mary Kromrey
Executive Director

#UnGapTheMap

Thank you for making Give Ozarks and Ozark Greenways a part of your day! We truly appreciate your donation. We also enjoyed the encouraging comments on social media and folks sharing how much trails and our beautiful outdoors have meant to them -especially during this last year.

These funds will be used to assist "behind the scene" efforts that go into trail building. Some examples of those expenses include mileage to meet with potential partners and landowners, engineering/landscape architect fees, and software so that virtual meetings and input sessions run smoother. These planning efforts are a key component of filling gaps in our trail system.

I'll leave you with the words of one my favorite poets, Mary Oliver,
"I have just said
something
ridiculous to you
and in response,
your glorious laughter.
These are the days
the sun
is swimming back
to the east
and the light on the water
gleams
as never, it seems, before.
...
All I know
is that “thank you” should appear
somewhere.
So, just in case
I can’t find
the perfect place–
“Thank you, thank you.”

Sincerely,
Mary Kromrey
Executive Director

Supporters


About Ozark Greenways

Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion                                                                                                                            We are committed to advancing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) principles in outdoor recreation. We are new to this journey and are learning.  We realize that we have a shared responsibility at local, county, state, and federal levels to increase access to outdoor recreation for those who have historically been marginalized, underrepresented, or excluded from many outdoor spaces. 

Ozark Greenways is a non-profit membership organization working to:

-create and promote a network of greenways trails, sidewalks, and on-street bike routes throughout Springfield 

-own and operate the Frisco Highline Trail

-partner with landowners by holding conservation, historical, recreation, and/or cultural easements in our Land Trust

-partner with City Utilities and Tree City USA to help expand our urban tree canopy

-educate and advocate about the health, economic, and conservation benefits of greenway trails 

-coordinate public trails on City Utilities Properties 

Ozark Greenways

http://ozarkgreenways.org

Springfield, MO
417.864.1941
mary@ozarkgreenways.org