Route 66 News

Fundraising goal reached for Route 66 roadside park

A Route 66-themed roadside park planned in Springfield, Mo., has more than reached its $15,000 fundraising goal with two days remaining, reported KOLR-TV in Springfield.

Springfield-based CrowdIt.com, a crowd-funding online service, helped spur the campaign.

Here’s the station’s report:

The campaign included this very cool promotional video:

Because the campaign raised extra money with two days remaining, the city says it’s considering extras with the roadside park.

The roadside park, which includes a re-creation of the sign from the long-gone Red’s Giant Hamburg restaurant, will be part of improvements to the College Street corridor between Grant and Kansas Expressway.

The City of Springfield in general wants to revitalize College Street and reflect its Route 66 heritage. The city is regarded as the “Birthplace of Route 66″ because it was there on April 30, 1926, that officials proposed the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway.

(An artist’s rendering of one area of the Route 66 Roadside Park in Springfield, Mo.)

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