Land Rush in Columbia
Boone Ice Group, or BIG, said most cities the size of Columbia have an ice rink. However, skaters must drive to rinks such as Jefferson City's Washington Park. The University of Missouri club hockey team drives to Wentzville. BIG said filling the rink's schedule wouldn't a be a problem, because the rink would be 70% reserved before the doors even opened.
The Columbia Youth Basketball Association has been around for 14 years and said fighting for gym time in local schools just isn't feasible anymore.
The other group, Positive Regional Impact Diversified Enterprise, said it wants a building with classrooms, basketball courts and community housing.
"Somehow or another, hopefully, we can all come together as one and help out the community because I think we definitely need this," said Alana Fountain, PRIDE co-founder.
"Each side certainly has their merits, each side has a great proposal. It's a tough decision," said Gary Ristow of the parks and rec department, which hopes to make a final recommendation by September to the Columbia City Council.
The Farmers Market would cost $500,000-$900,000. The basketball facility would cost $3 million. BIG's ice rink would cost $5 millon-$7 million. And Pride's three-story facility would cost an estimated $9 million.