columbia parks and recreation

Columbia Residents Provide Feedback on Proposed Cross-Country Course

Jul 11, 2018

The public took a close look Tuesday night at a proposed cross-country course planned for the Gans Creek Recreation area.

Those who came to the presentation at the Gans Creek Recreation Area Concession Building meandered around displays showing proposed masterplans and artist renditions of what the course would look like if approved. They asked questions and gave feedback to the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department.

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Residents of east Columbia met with community leaders last night to talk about parks and access to healthy food. It was the sixth meeting of Columbia’s Strategic Plan, which seeks to improve social equity in three city neighborhoods.

“We have identified goals, and the neighbors here want to talk about activities for kids and how to make the neighborhood safer with sidewalks and streets,” said Jessica Macy, a consultant with New Chapter Coaching and the meeting facilitator.

The Columbia City Council approved the creation of a new Columbia Parks and Recreation Fund Monday. The fund will help the department seek donations from corporations to benefit different facilities and programs.

Mike Griggs, the Parks and Recreation director, said the department has to find other sources of revenue to meet increasing operating expenses due to lack of sales tax revenue in Colombia.

“Right now we are looking at it as a way to help generate some extra revenue to help those programs and facilities where we currently don't have adequate funding,” Griggs said.

Annual Mosquito Spraying Program Begins in Columbia

Jun 2, 2016
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The Department of Public Health and Human Services partnered with Columbia Parks and Recreation Thursday in an effort to reduce mosquito numbers.

Every year, Columbia’s trails are sprayed with an Environmental Protection Agency approved chemical for mosquito control. These locations include the MKT Trail, Grindstone Creek Trail, among other additional areas approved by Columbia Parks and Recreation. A small, red Chevrolet truck is scheduled to drive along the trails Friday mornings through September spraying the chemical.

City of Columbia Holds Park Tax Election

Nov 3, 2015

Tuesday was Election Day across the country, and in Columbia, there is one item to be voted on. That item is Proposition 1, which is a proposed renewal of a tax already in place. The renewal would add six more years to the city wide tax that expires on March 31, 2016.

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July 1 marked the thirtieth anniversary of National Parks and Recreation Month, dedicated to promoting and celebrating the accomplishments of local parks and recreation departments.

Construction of Stephens Lake Ampitheater
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The Columbia Parks and Recreation and the city manager are proposing the parks and recreation sales tax be renewed every six years rather than five years.

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  A "golden" boot will be up for grabs in Columbia on Saturday. 

GetAbout Columbia and Columbia Parks and Recreation will hide the boot somewhere along the city’s trails and provide clues to the boot’s location via Facebook and Twitter. The finder of the boot will receive one hundred dollars in the form of a Parks and Recreation gift certificate.

The hunt for the boot helps celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day on June 6.

GetAboutColumbia Outreach Coordinator Janet Godon said there are a few tips that treasure seekers should know.

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In honor of National Parks and Recreation Month, Columbia Parks and Recreation wants Columbia residents to spend quality time outside.

Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary opens to city

Apr 23, 2014
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Bonnie View Nature Sanctuary officially opened to the public Tuesday—just in time to celebrate Earth Day.

Located in the middle of the city, just five miles west of downtown, this park is designed to create a new experience for residents. Its paved paths accommodate large numbers of visitors while the prairies provide the open sanctuary feel.

Mike Griggs, Director of Parks and Recreation, said that having the nature sanctuary dedication on Earth Day was a perfect fit.

Free taillights for Columbia bicyclists

Feb 17, 2014
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Flyers attached to bikes all over the city have the potential to get free taillights for cyclists in Columbia.

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Columbia Parks and Recreation is considering taking control of a 4-mile portion of the MKT trail that connects Columbia with Katy Trail.

Douglass Park
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Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department is considering two new projects for improvements to Douglass Park.

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The city of Columbia hopes to develop a 30-mile trail loop around the city over the next decade.

KOMU reports that the Columbia Parks and Recreation Department envisions the interconnected trail network as part of its long-range master plan.

Park Development Superintendent Mike Snyder says the project would double the total length of city trails and could cost between $15 million and $25 million. He emphasized that the city has no detailed designs for the trails yet, and the project could take closer to 20 years to become a reality.

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Thousands of Missourians across the state are challenging themselves to log 100 miles of outdoor activity before the year ends. Columbia Parks and Recreation officials held a dedication ceremony for the Greenbriar Trail connector yesterday evening.

For Parks and Recreation Director Mike Griggs, safety for residents was the biggest concern. The new connector trail links about 1,500 homes in the Green Meadows area to the Columbia trail system that were previously without access.

Columbia plans to expand its parks and trails

May 7, 2013
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The City of Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is reviewing its 10-year development plan.

Boone County residents are being asked their opinions on a proposal for a new park. Columbia Parks and Recreation is proposing building a park in the 30-acres known as Jay-Dix Station in Boone County just southwest of Columbia. The funding for the $125,000 project was approved as part of a 2010 park sales tax approved by voters.

Columbia Parks and Recreation Department Director Mike Hood says this is something Columbia residents have been asking for.

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Columbia Parks and Recreation Department is moving forward on the contested Grindstone Creek Trail project.

Down by the river

Apr 6, 2012
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This week we head down to the Missouri River, hear a technology-centric essay about cell phones and celebrate Easter a few days early.

Columbia parks and rec looking to add new activities

Mar 16, 2012
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Columbia’s Parks and Recreation committee wants suggestions from residents about new outdoor and indoor activities in the city.

Columbia’s Parks and Recreation Department unveiled its new ten-year plan Tuesday during a public meeting at the Activity and Recreation Center.