Proposed Park Plan Could Bring New Amenities to Columbia

2 years 9 months 4 days ago July 27, 2013 Jul 27, 2013 Saturday, July 27 2013 Saturday, July 27, 2013 6:05:00 PM CDT in News
By: Emily Hauger, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The future of Columbia Parks and Recreation was up for a vote at the next city council meeting, and many new items were open to consideration.

After months of public input, the Columbia City Council planned to vote August 5 on whether to approve the 2013 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan. The more than 450-page plan outlined accomplishments made since the last plan in 2010; recommended capital improvements, park and trail acquisitions and developments, national and local trends and public input.

Mike Griggs, director of Parks and Recreation, said the plan looked specifically at developing the trail system in Columbia.

Park user Elizabeth Wiles thinks focusing on trails is important.

"Having trails connecting parks, connecting neighborhoods, the downtown area, that's a huge priority. You know, that makes our life great," Wiles said. "We love getting out and enjoying the weather and exercising so to me, yeah, that's a big priority."

Columbia's facilities fell short of standards recommended by the Missouri Department of Natural Resource's Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan. Columbia has a more than 117- mile deficit in trail miles.

Griggs said some Columbia residents want the miles of trails that Columbia does have to connect with one another and with other places they travel to most often.

"Our goal would be to connect these residents to where they go to school, to where they go to work, where they shop, and where they go for entertainment," Griggs said. "I think that's one of the things we heard that was really different than what we heard in the past."

The master plan also called for some less conventional park amenities requested in public hearings.

"We really don't have a campsite anymore. We don't have an ice rink. We don't have BMX tracks. We don't have lights on our skate park. So, those are the kinds of things that came out in the master plan, especially in the public comment," he said.

Wiles, who said she visits parks nearly everyday with her kids, said those extra amenities would be "icing on the cake", but she would like funding put towards existing outdoor areas and trails first.

According to Griggs, funding for park projects comes from grants, park user fees and a renewable park sales tax. The current park sales tax will expire in 2016.

In the past, the sales tax generated $12-15 million over a five-year period. The sales tax passed in 2010 is funding basic park maintenance, renovations to tennis courts and shelters, and renovations to Cosmo Park playground more accessible to the disabled.

Griggs said the 2016 ballot initiative would fund many of the ideas listed in the 2013 master plan.

Wiles said she thinks having a strong park system is worth the tax money.

"I know Columbia already has a pretty high sales tax, but I think that having great, usable parks that are safe and fun to use, I think that's a really big priority. It improves the quality of people's lives, so it's a great investment," she said.

The 2013 plan is available for public viewing on the city's website. http://www.gocolumbiamo.com/ParksandRec/2013_Master_Plan/index.php.

 

More News

Grid
List
Following a Missouri Senate Budget Committee hearing about Medicaid coverage, Sen. Kiki Curls recently said that Missouri “is the state... More >>
6 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 6:28:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA - As warmer weather brings more motorcyclists onto mid-Missouri roads, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety kicked off its... More >>
8 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 4:19:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — May 1st is now recognized by the U.S. Senate as Silver Star Service Banner Day, to honor those... More >>
8 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 3:58:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The University of Missouri College of Engineering students introduced this year's race car built for the upcoming competition... More >>
10 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 2:45:00 PM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Ameren Missouri is proposing two voluntary programs that would require customers' to support more solar power.... More >>
10 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 1:57:48 PM CDT in News
NEW MELLE (AP) — A university that owned the two-century-old house in suburban St. Louis that once was famed frontiersman... More >>
12 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:15:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA (AP) — An interim diversity officer at the Un iversity of Missouri will be returning to the university's School... More >>
12 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:10:00 PM CDT in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's Republican-led Legislature is weighing a number of tax breaks for businesses as the session wraps... More >>
12 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 12:06:09 PM CDT in News
BALLWIN (AP) — The Latest on Missouri's congressional district Republican conventions (all times local): 4:45 p.m. Donald Trump has... More >>
12 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 11:59:00 AM CDT in News
ST. LOUIS — After a month of food donations, Missouri Farm Bureau Insurance will announce the total weight of its... More >>
15 hours ago May 01, 2016 May 1, 2016 Sunday, May 01 2016 Sunday, May 01, 2016 8:59:00 AM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department, Columbia Police Department and Jefferson City Police Department collected unused or unwanted prescription... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 8:28:00 PM CDT in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A 28-year-old Springfield man has been sentenced to two life terms for fatally stabbing a rural southwest... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:23:26 PM CDT in Continuous News
COLUMBIA — Safe Kids Columbia unveiled its new Safe Kids Mobile Education Unit Saturday. Children also learned about safety while... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 4:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Boone Hospital gave community members a chance to receive a variety of free cancer screenings at their 3rd... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:54:00 PM CDT in News
BOONE COUNTY — A woman was hospitalized after crashing her car on Highway 63 Saturday afternoon. According to the... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:49:00 PM CDT in News
CHICAGO - The NFL Draft has called and Mizzou answered. Today three former Missouri Tigers were selected in the... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:23:00 PM CDT in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri Junior Golf Foundation opened the Ken Lanning Golf Center Saturday morning. The golf course... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 3:20:00 PM CDT in News
COLUMBIA — Hundreds of mid-Missourians gathered at Bass Pro Shops Lake Saturday morning for the fifth annual "Float Your Boat... More >>
1 day ago April 30, 2016 Apr 30, 2016 Saturday, April 30 2016 Saturday, April 30, 2016 2:41:00 PM CDT in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 52°
1am 50°
2am 49°
3am 49°
4am 49°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

12:35a
Paid Program
1:05a
Access Hollywood
2:00a
Dateline NBC
12:30a
The King of Queens
1:00a
The King of Queens
1:30a
Intelligence for Your Life

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
The Voice
9:01p
Blindspot
7:00p
Reign
8:00p
Jane the Virgin
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld