Patriot Place Apartments dedicates new dog park and community garden

5 months 2 days 18 hours ago Wednesday, September 20 2017 Sep 20, 2017 Wednesday, September 20, 2017 7:22:00 PM CDT September 20, 2017 in News
By: Mackenzie Huck, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Veterans living in the Patriot Place apartments will now have room to take their four-legged friends and their green thumb. Patriot Place dedicated Pooch Park and Patriot Garden Wednesday with a ribbon cutting.

The spaces were built by Columbia Housing Authority. The garden was funded by a $25,000 grant from State Farm. Pooch Park has a separate, unique funding.

Pooch Park was dedicated to Mary Anne McCollum, former mayor and member of the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. McCollum won the Howard Lang award in 2016. Along with the award comes a $1,000 stipend. Instead of keeping it for herself, McCollum donated it to Patriot Place to fund Pooch Park.

"I think there is such a strong human-animal bond," McCollum said. "My nephew is in the Marines and animals have always been part of his life. To me, just seeing the interaction, I think it so important and this was just a missing piece at Patriot Place."

McCollum said she was surprised to have Pooch Park dedicated to her.

"When I first said this, it was back in April when I won the Lang award," McCollum said. "Everyone said, 'Oh Mary Anne, we know how much you love animals,' so I decided to donate the money. It was quite a nice surprise to me and really quite overwhelming when my fellow commissioners decided to dedicate it and call it Pooch Park."

McCollum said she didn't forget about veterans who prefer cats.

"We have another organization, Boone County Animal Care, who will be working with our veterans who would like to perhaps foster a cat or kitten. That's something near and dear to my heart."

In addition to Pooch Park, an existing garden was dedicated Wednesday. Patriot Garden, also known as the Green Acre, has 12 raised flowerbed and seven chickens. Several community members said they grow things like watermelon, squash, tomatoes and sunflowers.

Phil Steinhaus, CEO of Columbia Housing Authority, said veterans have enjoyed the garden.

"We have plans to add an orchard in later this fall," Steinhaus said. "Believe it or not, we have a lot of gardeners out here. All our garden plots are full."

Steinhaus said he's impressed with how residents have made the space their own.

"The guys even made a horseshoe pit down here," Steinhaus said. "It's great to see them really taking advantage of these green spaces."

Patriot Place apartments have been open since April. Steinhaus said the housing authority will listen to tenants and see what other amenities should be added in the future.

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS - Gov. Eric Greitens has been indicted of invasion of felony privacy reportedly in connection with an admitted... More >>
31 minutes ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:19:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Missouri lawmaker want to make roads better by raising fees at the DMW and cutting income tax... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:18:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged won't... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:08:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Tuskegee Airman told stories of his time in a segregated military while speaking at a Black History... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:13:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The head coach of the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 2200 block of Oakview Drive.... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:57:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee is announcing a proposal to reduce... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:36:05 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
MACON - Police are asking for help identifying two male subjects thought to be related to an ongoing shoplifting investigation.... More >>
5 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
ARNOLD (AP) — A man who went to pick up a relative from a suburban St. Louis high school with... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:26:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former Missouri charity executive has been indicted in a conspiracy that has ensnared a former Arkansas... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:14:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Federal court documents filed Tuesday give details into the past of Coffee Zone's owner. This comes after police... More >>
16 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:28:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:56:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A bill to legalize the industrial production of hemp in Missouri will face a final vote before... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:22:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:47:01 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:43:37 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Not all convicted Missouri inmates run from the law, but most run up large costs for the... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:09:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:21:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Top Stories
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
5pm 40°
6pm 40°
7pm 39°
8pm 39°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:30p
Jeopardy!
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
5:30p
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt
4:30p
The Goldbergs
5:00p
American Dad!
5:30p
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld