Columbia gets an all-inclusive park

7 months 3 weeks 2 days ago May 27, 2016 May 27, 2016 Friday, May 27 2016 Friday, May 27, 2016 7:49:00 AM CDT in Top Stories
By: Nina Amedin, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - School is out in Columbia, and a newly renovated park is ready for children and families to enjoy.

"Woodridge Park has been an existing park in our system for many years, and it was needing some renovation work," said Mike Snyder, Superintendent of Planning and Development

Woodridge Park is now an all-inclusive park. All of the elements of the playground are accessible by kids with all levels of need and ability. 

The park now includes "ramps, music therapy, a group swing, ground-level features and poured-in-place surfacing," in addition to "single-table shelter, council ring and walking trail, with connections to the nearby Ronald McDonald House," according to Columbia Parks and Recreation. 

"It is a unique park in that it's location is so strategic," Snyder said. 

Woodridge park is within walking distance of the Ronald McDonald House, the Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the University of Missouri Women's and Children's Hospital. 

"It made sense for us to do a renovation there that would serve the needs of those neighbors, as well as the existing residential neighborhood in the area," Sydner said. "A lot of people don't realize it, but a lot of times a family will be staying at the Ronald McDonald House, and their child may be staying at the Women's and Children's Hospital. And there are other siblings and other family members that don't have a whole lot to do in Columbia, waiting for their child to get health services at the hospital. Not only is the park designed for children with special needs, but it's also designed for the families. "

"Just the fact that it's so close for families who need the time to get away from the day-to-day things that they're struggling with," said Rachel Sieker, granddaughter of Dr. Leroy Miller, whom the park is dedicated to. "To be able to include children of all abilities, to be able to play with them on so many different levels, to escape all of those things that they're worried about. Hopefully they can use this a place to escape all of that." 

The park cost $213,000 to renovate. The renovations were sponsored by a private donor, the Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club and the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Sydner said the private donor's contribution "spurred the idea of making an all-inclusive playground in addition to adding amenities for families that are staying at the Ronald McDonald House."

Sieker said this park means a great deal to her family.

"This park means so much to me and my family, from my grandma down all the way to grandfather's great grandchildren," Sieker said. "Just the fact that family, and family time, were so important to him along with his love of medicine and his love of fun. Throughout our entire lives he was fun. This park would mean so much to him to see all of the kids here playing."

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis police are investigating the shooting death of a 15-year-old girl. Two masked... More >>
4 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:07:00 AM CST in News
ROLLA (AP) — Authorities in south-central Missouri are investigating after a woman's body was found in a ditch along a... More >>
14 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:57:39 AM CST in News
INDEPENDENCE (AP) — Authorities are investigating a homicide in the Kansas City suburb of Independence. KMBC-TV (http://bit.ly/2j8OjVY) reports... More >>
17 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:54:02 AM CST in Continuous News
VANDALIA-The city of Vandalia is declaring a boil advisory until Thursday at 3 a.m. The city’s water pressure dropped... More >>
28 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:43:00 AM CST in News
LIBERTY (AP) — The former campus president of a Kansas City trade school says he was fired for letting a... More >>
40 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:31:00 AM CST in News
Moody's Corporation has agreed to a settlement following a conduct investigation by the U.S. Dept. of Justice, 21 states and... More >>
59 minutes ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 9:11:56 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA – The advisory board for Columbia Water and Light is set to meet Wednesday morning to discuss its goals... More >>
2 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:24:00 AM CST in News
EUGENE, Mo. (AP) — Authorities say a 9-year-old boy has died after a farm tractor overturned in mid-Missouri. The... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 7:07:00 AM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A contentious right-to-work bill to ban mandatory union fees is set to be debated by... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:40:34 AM CST in Continuous News
HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on the hospitalization of former President George H.W. Bush (all times local): 5:20 a.m.... More >>
3 hours ago January 18, 2017 Jan 18, 2017 Wednesday, January 18 2017 Wednesday, January 18, 2017 6:14:00 AM CST in Continuous News
PHELPS COUNTY - Deputies were dispatched to the intersection of County Road 3000 and County Road 3220 Tuesday around noon... More >>
11 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:44:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A bill sponsored by U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) that hopes to cut government waste and increase accountability... More >>
11 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 10:18:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – Governor Eric Greitens gave his first State of the State address Tuesday, just eight days after his... More >>
14 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 7:33:00 PM CST in News
Columbia – The Mayor's Task Force on Medical Tourism met Tuesday to discuss possible recommendations to the Columbia City Council.... More >>
15 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 6:52:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Concerned community members gathered at Republican U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler’s office Tuesday to protest a recent development in... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:58:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Higher education institutions have concern over the impact of Governor Greitens' announced budget cuts that will largely decrease... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:41:00 PM CST in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Rep. Kip Kendrick, D-Columbia, filed two bills on Tuesday addressing the rise of student debt. The... More >>
20 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 1:35:00 PM CST in News
CARTHAGE (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old girl has died in a southwest Missouri shooting that appears to be accidental.... More >>
22 hours ago January 17, 2017 Jan 17, 2017 Tuesday, January 17 2017 Tuesday, January 17, 2017 12:01:13 PM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
11am 42°
12pm 45°
1pm 48°
2pm 49°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

7:00a
Today
11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
10:00a
Jerry Springer
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Blindspot
8:00p
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
9:00p
Chicago P.D.
7:00p
Arrow
8:00p
Frequency
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld