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Parks Department dedicates Lost Hill resource area

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Despite the rain, officials from the Springfield-Greene County Parks Department gathered Friday morning to dedicate the department's newest park.

The first phase of the Lost Hill Park Natural Resource Area and South Dry Sac Trailhead, north of Springfield, covers 60 acres. It includes a 1.5-mile linear park trail to Truman Elementary School, a trailhead with parking, a small playground, picnic tables, restrooms and trails. The department plans to develop additional trails between Lost Hill and Valley Water Mill Park to the east, according to a department news release.

"The new park offers a unique geological addition to our city-county system with its caves, bluffs and other rock formations, and we’re excited for its uses as another outdoor classroom and environmental interpretation resource,” Director of Parks Jodie Adams said in the release.

The $498,000 park was acquired in December 2004 with funds from the 2001 voter-approved quarter-cent parks sales tax. More than $126,000 of funding came from a Missouri Department of Transportation grant.

The parks department owns an additional 72 acres at the site, which will be developed as funds are available, the release said.[[In-content Ad]]


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