SPAR has installed a temporary park on Main Street, aptly named Sesquicentennial Park, in celebration of 150 years of the Springfield neighborhood. The pocket park will be completed by the end of February and will be in use throughout the year. In early 2020, the park will be dismantled and returned to a vacant lot.
SPAR will be hosting events through the year in Sesquicentennial Park and will work with other organizations that would like to use the space. We’re looking forward to the park being activated throughout the year.
The park, located at 1527 N. Main St. and centered around a century-old live oak tree, will be semi-enclosed with picket fencing and feature a stage. The grand opening of the park will be Wednesday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. with the kick-off of “Music on Main”. This spring music series organized by SPAR will include food trucks, live music, beer and wine, and will be free and open to the public. There are five similar events planned throughout the month of March.
Currently there are no public spaces north of 1st Street on Main Street in Historic Springfield. SPAR is leading the way to change that by utilizing this place-making strategy that has seen success in many other urban areas. The goal is to create or enhance public spaces. This helps meet community needs and bring underused places to life.
"What a great idea: Downtown needs its vital neighborhoods like Springfield to have great activities like these that draw neighbors and residents together." - The Florida Times-Union
Use the park: If your organization is interested in using the space, please email us with your requested date(s) so we can let you know if that date is available while you work on your application. (Available dates can be held for two weeks while you complete the application.) Click here for the event application.
Join us for "Music on Main" in Sesquicentennial Park (1527 N. Main Street), a FREE and open to the public music series held to celebrate Springfield's 150th birthday!
Mark your calendars for the last Wednesday in April, May, and June for the next Music on Main dates.
Bring a blanket and picnic with local food trucks that will be in the park, plus beer and wine, all available for purchase from 5-8pm. Music begins at 6pm.