Centennial Park is owned by the Springfield Park District and is located at the intersection of Bunker Hill Road and Lenhart Ave. on Springfield’s far southwest side. The park features a 70-acre prairie restoration on the west side of the Sangamon Valley bike trail. The Friends of the Sangamon Valley help maintain the prairie by leading prescribed burns, exotic species removal and other stewardship activities.

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The video linked below, produced by The State Journal-Register, provides a great overview of the Centennial Park Prairie in late spring and early summer:

“A Sea of White Flowers”


Illinois Stories with Mark McDonald

Prescribed Burn at Centennial Park

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