SPRINGFIELD — Park Central Square in Springfield is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Springfield City Councilman Dan Chiles said the designation might open the door for more federal, state or private foundation grants.
The Springfield News-Leader reported that the designation marks the first time a design from landscape architect Lawrence Halprin has been chosen as a site of national historical significance.
Halprin died in October at the age of 93. He pioneered the concept of bringing concrete, green space and water together in urban settings.
Some of his more famous designs include the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C., and the U.N. Plaza in San Francisco.