Springfield and National Park Service plan to rebuild local parks

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SPRINGFIELD, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The National Park Service and City of Springfield officials held a public forum Tuesday to share plans to improve and rebuild local parks.

Locals were invited to view designs, ask questions, and gave input on the plans. City officials say they want to make sure the community is involved in the process.

"We want to develop what the neighbors want," said Deirdre Hewitt with the National Park Service, "We cannot just do this in a vacuum and develop some parks and recreation. No one is going to use it, and they don't want it. So we definitely want that input."

City officials say they plan to use ideas and suggestions from the meeting to finalize their plans and present them again early next year.

“Once we come down with the final design then will start reaching out to the Department of Agriculture, Department of Transportation," said Springfield Mayor Ralph Hammond. "Anyone that has funds available will be who we go for on the funding."

City officials say they will hold another public forum this Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Springfield Community Church near Transmitter Road.

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