City Spends Millions on Local Parks

5 years 7 months 3 weeks ago Thursday, September 27 2012 Sep 27, 2012 Thursday, September 27, 2012 2:27:00 PM CDT September 27, 2012 in News
By: Kadee Brosseau
loading

COLUMBIA - The City of Columbia currently has more than 70 parks, and that number is steadily increasing. Assistant Director of Columbia Parks and Recreation Mike Griggs said the city usually has five new park projects underway at a time.

"We'll acquire five neighborhood parks over a five-year period, so basically one a year. Then we try to develop five neighborhood parks over that same five-year period," Griggs said.

New parks are a part of Columbia Parks and Recreation's ten-year master plan. Griggs said the department spends most of its money on maintaining current parks. 

"If we are generating $2 million a year out of the park sales tax, over a million of that is on maintaining the picnic shelters, re-doing the playgrounds, maintaining what we have," Griggs said, "Then, we have probably another half a million that we set aside for neighborhood parks. The idea is that we are spending about $100,000 to develop a neighborhood park."

One of the new parks on the city's "to-do" list is a playground and park area at Jay Dix Station on Scott Boulevard. The question is: are new parks worth the money? Analise Murphy has lived in Columbia for nine years and said it is money well-spent. 

"This area has built up a ton in the past couple years and there's new neighborhoods in both directions so having a park kind of in the middle of everything would be nice," Murphy said.

Other local park users agree, but one said there are some aspects that are concerning.

"The park system has been wonderful in Columbia. I think it attracts people here," Larry Schauwecker said, "The only issue I really have maybe would be the parking. I don't know how much playground equipment they're going to put in but there could be a problem with parking and people backing in and out it could be dangerous for small kids."

Dan White also uses the Jay Dix Station trail area frequently and said the location could be dangerous for children. 

"I think depending on how many activities they have over there and the size of it, we could have a little bit of a pedestrian, or child pedestrian, issue along Scott Boulevard because it's a real busy road," White said, "There are people and kids walking in that bicycle lane because of the apartments that are just north of this proposed park."

Griggs said Columbia Parks and Recreation's goal is to complete the Jay Dix Station park by fall of 2013. 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - An on-going rift between two east campus communities has come to a breaking point. Non-resident property owners want... More >>
5 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:29:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in Top Stories
KANSAS CITY (AP) — A Kansas City man who told authorities he was hearing "voices" when he wounded two... More >>
6 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:07:41 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - More than 670 motorcycles poured into the Phillips 66 gas station off I-70 as the "Run for the... More >>
7 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 6:05:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - A new fire station is in store for east Jefferson City, and the city council will review... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:10:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS – The St. Louis Circuit Attorney's Office announced late Monday that a special prosecutor has been selected in... More >>
8 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 5:00:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Checking the phone constantly, surfing Facebook first thing in the morning or right before bed, playing games like... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:58:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The UM Board of Curators voted Monday to increase tuition by up to 2.1 percent for the 2018-2019... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:44:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Students will leave class early on Tuesday as the 2017-2018 Academic Year comes to a close. The... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:28:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
CAMDEN COUNTY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating a boating crash that left three dead and two injured... More >>
9 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 3:20:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA -Utility workers began surveying land on Clark Lane for a sidewalk project designed to improve community safety. "The... More >>
11 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 1:40:00 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A House investigatory committee has expanded its membership for a special session to determine whether... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 12:00:47 PM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ROLLA (AP) — A Missouri University of Science and Technology student has been sentenced to seven years in prison... More >>
13 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 11:40:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri is planning a 400-megawatt wind farm in rural northeast Missouri, creating... More >>
14 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 10:44:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
POPLAR BLUFF (AP) — Authorities say a man's body was found in southeast Missouri and the case appears to... More >>
16 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 8:48:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – With a new terminal on the way, comes more possible changes to Columbia Regional Airport. A public... More >>
17 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 7:55:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – The Columbia City Council will address an ordinance Monday on whether to approve of a special August election... More >>
22 hours ago Monday, May 21 2018 May 21, 2018 Monday, May 21, 2018 2:41:00 AM CDT May 21, 2018 in News
MARSHALL - A standoff between Marshall police and an armed man ended without injury. According to a news release,... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 9:53:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
ROCHEPORT - The city of Rocheport honored two men on Sunday whose legacy has stretched across the state of Missouri.... More >>
1 day ago Sunday, May 20 2018 May 20, 2018 Sunday, May 20, 2018 7:09:00 PM CDT May 20, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 64°
2am 63°
3am 62°
4am 61°
5am 61°