City Council approves Parks and Recreation Fund

10 months 1 week 6 days ago Wednesday, April 05 2017 Apr 5, 2017 Wednesday, April 05, 2017 3:23:00 PM CDT April 05, 2017 in News
By: Jessica Porter, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA -  The City Council approved the creation of fund for Columbia Parks and Recreation on Monday. It will help pay for programs and park upkeep. 

"It’s another revenue tool we don’t have," said Columbia Parks and Recreation director Mike Griggs. "Prior to the fund all we relied on were our sales tax revenues, fees and charges and miscellaneous small dollar gifts and donations."

The department has been pinching pennies because of a decline in sales tax revenue spurred by increasing online sales. The establishment of the fund helps eliminate some of that stress, Griggs said.

"For the last ten years we’ve been operating less and less," he said. "There’s really no where else for us to go. So we really need this alternate source so we can continue with some of these things that citizens expect."

The fund is a partnership between city council and the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. To jump start it, the department received an anonymous donation of $25,000.  

"We knew we wanted to start a foundation and we knew we needed a gift to help do it. So we were fortunate to have a local business contribute that money on the condition that they remain anonymous," Griggs said. 

The chair of the Parks and Recreation Commission, Marin Blevins, said. "It’ll take time for it to built up but this is a great start."

Blevins said he and the other commission members want the money to go towards projects that the public prefers.

Griggs said the money will help with people who want to do estate planning and leave a legacy for the parks system.

Griggs said people should be able to donate to the fund via check, online donations or through the Community Foundation of Central Missouri by this summer.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - Columbia police were unsure Saturday who drove a vehicle they believe hit and killed a man on I-70.... More >>
1 hour ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 2:34:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Jefferson City Public Schools will have two high schools by August 2019. The district held a... More >>
2 hours ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 1:09:00 PM CST February 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Boys & Girls Club of Columbia kicks off its 13th annual MFA Oil Rootin' Tootin' Chili Cook-off... More >>
9 hours ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 6:35:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
HOLTS SUMMIT- Leonard Stephenson has lived in his mobile home, on the same street, for over 20 years. "I... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, February 17 2018 Feb 17, 2018 Saturday, February 17, 2018 12:55:00 AM CST February 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Department of Mental Health is notifying 1,000 people that some personal information... More >>
22 hours ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 5:16:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Amid complaints about the effectiveness of the flu vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control said the vaccine is... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 3:54:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police say the substance used in an attack on three high school... More >>
23 hours ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 3:43:53 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Deputies arrested a man Friday morning after he allegedly led them on a pursuit that ended in a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 1:55:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Following the deadly shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, the superintendent of Jefferson City Public... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 1:46:50 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - New Haven Elementary could be home to a brand new playground. The school is competing in a... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 1:44:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
FULTON - An investigation into allegations against a former staff member at the Division of Youth Services Fulton Treatment Center... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 1:38:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - There's a new member of the Boone County Fire Protection District team, and he's hitting the ground running... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 1:22:00 PM CST February 16, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - Police took a student into custody Friday morning after staff at Centralia High School found a handgun in... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 11:16:00 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police confirmed a person died after getting hit by a semi truck on I-70 early Friday. The... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 11:08:00 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
VALLES MINES (AP) — A man suspected of shooting at a suburban St. Louis sheriff's deputy is in... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 9:35:35 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
FORSYTH (AP) — Authorities are fighting a fire that has burned about 500 acres in the Mark Twain National... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 9:30:28 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — Troopers in Missouri say a mother made her reluctant 14-year-old daughter drive, leading to a crash... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 9:25:15 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
MARYLAND HEIGHTS (AP) — Authorities have arrested a man suspected of fatally stabbing another man and a toddler at... More >>
1 day ago Friday, February 16 2018 Feb 16, 2018 Friday, February 16, 2018 9:15:37 AM CST February 16, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
4pm 46°
5pm 45°
6pm 43°
7pm 41°